South Northants artists open doors to creative spaces

Sue Rudland preparing for Northants Open Studios 2013
Sue Rudland preparing for Northants Open Studios 2013

The wealth of artistic talent in south Northants can be explored during the Northants Open Studios fortnight this month.

Twenty-six artists will put their work on display at 13 venues spread between Piddington in the east to Farthinghoe in the west from September 7 to 22 .

The public will have the chance to see what the artists produce and how they make it or just browse the studios and the venues where the work is being shown.

Some items will be for sale, and the event features every kind of art and craft including traditional oil painting, watercolours, pastels, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, stitching, jewellery and photography.

Some artists are opening their own studio, while others have set up group shows, including Towcester Museum, ARTea Room in Wakefield Country Courtyard near Potterspury, Silverstone Studios, Green Acres Farm at Farthinghoe and The Royal Oak in Blisworth.

Ruth Harris, artist and district co-ordinator for Open Studios said the event had focussed on the north of the county over the last few years, and they wanted to reinvigourate interest in talent closer to home.

She said: “South Northants is very creative and this is partly a celebration of that creativity.

“Open Studios is about letting people into the spaces used by these artists which can help to give a better understanding of the creative process.”

This year additional support has been given to help local artists present a central ‘taster’ display and information point in the district.

Thirteen artists will have items on display in Towcester Museum, White Horse Yard this Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday, September 8, from 1pm to 4pm.

Opens Studios is being supported by South Northants Council and councillor Rosie Herring, member for community engagement and wellbeing said the fortnight allowed people to explore their artistic tastes and south Northants at the sametime.

She added: “Professional artists often lead a solitary existence and it can be hard to meet potential buyers. “Open Studios is a strong county network which links up artists and showcases the county’s creative wealth.

“This is a great event for residents and visitors, boosting cultural tourism, with long-term benefits for the district and artists alike.”

A brochure is available, with entries for every participating artist and location in the county, showing when each studio is open.

Copies are available from SNC offices, libraries, galleries, Coleman’s shops and other participating venues. For more information visit www.openstudios.org.uk or follow SNC on Twitter @SNCLeisure or email sue.carverhill@southnorthants.gov.uk