From its first weekend in 2001 when just nineteen artists took part, York Open Studios has grown steadily, reflecting the quality and vigour of contemporary visual arts in the city. The selection process takes place in September, with a different panel of judges each year. Those selected represent some of the best artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, and provide an opportunity for the public to visit artists' studios and exhibitions. It offers everyone a chance to talk to and experience the world of the selected artists and makers, discover their passions and inspiration, share their knowledge and support their engagement with the local community. The support and encouragement of visitors old and new for both the well-established and the emerging artist is treasured and crucial to the continuing development of York's cultural environment.
|Daisys by the Lake III|
Shannon Morgan and Glynis Learmouth are newcomers to the event, and will both be exhibiting alongside June Hardy who took part last year. They will showing their work in a group exhibition at the beautiful Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton.
Jelena Lunge is showing her work for the second year; this time at Bootham School in the centre of York.
Frances Aggarwal and Bernadette Oliver are also both taking part for the first time and will be opening their home studios in Hambleton Terrace, off Haxby Road and Huntsman Lane, Stamford Bridge.
Julie Lightburn will be at her studio at the Bull Centre, next to Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton-on-the-Forest, again this year.
You’ll no doubt be familiar with their work from our exhibitions at the De Grey Rooms, but here is an opportunity to visit them in their own studios, or exhibitions, and find out more about their work. They will all be happy to talk about their art, sharing ideas and advice, and might even share a few tips if asked. Julie will be doing “demos” at 11am both Saturdays and 4pm on both Sundays. If you’ve visited Julie’s studio before you’ll know there are always refreshments and homemade cakes to enjoy while you browse; another good reason to visit her studio!
|Julie Lightburn (trying to remember if she's left the oven on)|
Opening times are Saturdays 16th and 23rd April 10am – 6pm, Sundays 17th and 24th April 11am – 5pm and Friday 15th April 6pm to 9pm.
There’s also a taster exhibition from 22nd March to 25th April, at Blossom Street Gallery (just outside Micklegate Bar), where you can see a selection of work by many of the artists taking part in the main event.