York has a huge number of artists and makers and that means you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the city’s annual Open Studios event, which runs this weekend, April 15-17, and next, April 23-24.
If you haven’t been before then do try it. It’s all free and it is fabulous….plus it’s a good excuse for a day out in and around the medieval city. The idea is that artists open their studios to the public. Quite often the workspaces are in their homes, which makes it doubly interesting if, like me, you are nosey and love interiors. There is no compulsion to buy, though you will probably want to. In fact, one of the main benefits for those involved is to get feedback and a response to their work.
This year, almost 100 artists and makers are taking part and they range from painters and potters to jewellery makers, sculptors and furniture makers. I have to admit that, thanks to the day job, I had a sneak preview of Emily Stubbs‘ studio, which was wonderful. I love her bright, abstract ceramics.
Textile artist Angela Anning uses silks, wools and thread to make lampshades and is opening her studio at Mount Vale. She uses applied ink block colour with subtle machine embroidered over stitching. Drawing on photos and sketches of places visited during the year, she also creates wall art. This year, much of her inspiration for imagery, colours and textures come from a journey through Kerala. She also designs one off, luxurious wearable art, including scarves and jewellery.
Former scientist turned potter Peter Humpherson makes wonderfully elegant, wheel thrown ceramics and sculptural forms. Inspiration comes from walking in the Yorkshire countryside and along Scottish shorelines. His studio in Haxby is open over the two weekends.
For more details and event guides visit www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk