This year’s Suffolk Open Studios launches in June to celebrate the county’s thriving artistic community. 100+ visual artists will open their studios to give visitors a unique opportunity to take a look “behind the scenes” and see them in action. The programme runs over the first 4 weekends of June, commencing Saturday 2 June.
Visitors can learn about the artists, see examples of their work, check opening times and plan their route at www.suffolkopenstudios.org or on Facebook @suffolkopenstudios. A map shows the location of all participating artists and galleries, conveniently organised into local areas to make it easier for visitors to identify studios nearby and plan their visit.
A printed directory will also shortly be available from local galleries, libraries and tourist information centres, and downloadable from the website.
To assist visitors travelling from further afield, some artists have organised themselves into “hubs”, allowing the public to see work from a number of different artists in a single location. Others have organised “trails”, where visitors can pick up a leaflet from one trail member studio directing them to other member studios nearby.
A highlight of this year’s programme is the “Inspirations” exhibition of paintings and sculpture by participating artists at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds. The exhibition opens Tuesday 10 April and runs till Monday 7 May; opening hours are 10am–5pm Monday–Saturday, and 10am–4pm on Sunday.
This year, Suffolk Open Studios is supporting Suffolk Artlink, a participatory arts charity which develops and delivers inclusive arts programmes in communities that bring skills, support networks, confidence and joy to people in the East.
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Stoneware Bowls (Lucy Perry), Lucy Perry Artist Studio, In Simple Splendour (Hilary Barry), Artist Studio Hilary Barry, Work – New Zealand Waterfall (Cally James), Suffolk Artlink.