Cambridge Open Studios announces 2017 summer dates

Cambridge Open Studios has announced the 2017 dates for its month-long summer art event, which will feature an exciting range of exhibitions by 350 artists at 221 locations in the city and surrounding areas.

Artists of many different kinds will open their doors to the public over the first four weekends in July. Among the huge range of specialisms will be: fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture making, and more besides.

Dates for your diary

The weekends are: July 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23. However, as not all artists will exhibit every weekend it is important to check the website, or refer to the famous yellow guide. These guides will be widely available in local outlets including libraries, tourist information sites, galleries and selected shops.

New app for 2017

New for 2017 is an app that will make visit planning even easier. The app will be available to download at the end of June for Apple and Android.

Sonia Villiers, board member of Cambridge Open Studios, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to see artists at work, discuss their inspirations and techniques, and to browse, purchase or even commission their work. As always, visitors are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome – and no pressure whatsoever to buy anything. All Cambridge Open Studios are completely free to visitors of all ages.

“Cambridge Open Studios is a rewarding and enriching initiative offering a really entertaining insight into the multi-faceted world of art. We would encourage visitors to call in to as many studios as possible, perhaps planning a route through a particular area incorporating lunch in one of the many local pubs, cafes and restaurants. It would make an inspiring day out for the whole family.”

More than 350 members are exhibiting in 221 different studios. Many of the artists share studios or work in a collective so in some locations visitors may be able to see work from several artists and craftspeople.

A yellow COS flag identifies an “open studio”

The participating studios are spread throughout the whole region, not just in the city centre, and there will be a wonderful variety of talent on show, with some artists collaborating to share their exhibition space on their chosen dates. As usual, the distinctive yellow COS flags will be out to identify participating studios.

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Download the 2017 guide book from the website or pick one up from galleries, tourist information sites, cafes, shops and park ‘n’ ride sites in and around Cambridge.

With thanks to COS member Andrew Stickland of Andrew Stickland Furniture for use of his photo in this post.

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Suffolk Open Studios on Radio Suffolk

SOS logo 2010Artist Allan Williams was on the sofa chatting to Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin on her show this week.

He was promoting the start of Suffolk Open Studios, which invites the public to take a peek inside artists’ workshops throughout the month of June. Spirus are delighted to be helping Suffolk Open Studios with their publicity, so it was great to hear Alan discussing the month long arts festival on the radio.

His workshop is in an atmospheric old mill near to Earl Soham, where visitors can watch him creating his paintings of the Suffolk Coast, local landscapes and flowers. There is no pressure to buy any of the art – this is just an opportunity to look behind the scenes whilst a work of art is in progress.

For those who have never been before, around 130 local Suffolk artists will be opening their doors to welcome visitors in for free tours around their studios. If you have ever wondered what the life of an artist is like, here is the chance to find out.

Prior to the main event, from 16-28th May 2016, Suffolk Open Studios will be operating its “Art about Town” scheme, when its artists exhibit in local businesses, cafés and restaurants. This gives visitors a taste of what is to be seen during the main Open Studio Event, which will run on the weekends of 4/5th, 11/12th, 18/19th and 25/26th June. Not all artists will exhibit on every weekend so it is important for visitors to check opening dates and times on the website or in the directory.

There are also Hubs and Trails which are an easy way to visit a variety of artists in one day by following a set route on a trail or going to a Hub where you can see four or five artists at once.

There will be a huge range of art on display across the county, including oils, watercolours, acrylics, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, sculpture, 2D and 3D mixed media, printmaking, mosaics and much more. For more information about where and when to take part, visit

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