The Norfolk Open Studios are finally back after a long hiatus and it’s time to start planning your tours.
Between September 25 and October 10, more than 260 studios and schools will open their doors to shout their work, inviting the general public into their creative spaces to share, socialize and sell their art.
Jenni Murphy, one of the participating artists, says: “Norfolk Open Studios is the perfect platform for making art accessible in an industry that can sometimes seem too exclusive. “
A mix of jewelers, painters, illustrators, textile artists, sculptors and many more designers are spread across the county, with many on your doorstep wherever you are. Here are a few to watch out for.
You can also watch:
1. Martin Pigg
Martin Pigg’s Rockland St Peter Studio exhibit at Bowers Farm will feature his large wood carvings. Working with dead or diseased trees, Pigg organically works with wood to create a piece that meets the characteristics of the material.
He says, “Just as every tree is unique, every sculpture is unique. I can see the sculpture I am going to create in the stem of the tree I am about to carve, all I have to do is remove the excess wood.
“I will have a few sculptures that I will work on in the Norfolk Open Studios and I will also give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at sculpture.”
2. Adam Slatter
Norwich painter Adam Slatter will exhibit alongside Martin Pigg. He says: “I am inspired by nature, using mixed media and a vibrant palette to emphasize and accentuate the shape, characteristics and elegance of wildlife.”
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3. Anne Lamb
Jeweler Ann Lamb will be present at the Methodist Chapel in Thurne. Working with silver, gold, enamel, and gemstones, she hopes her detailed nature-inspired jewelry can encourage interest in and respect for the natural world.
4. Kate Vogler
Kate Vogler creates beautiful sculptural ceramic pots. They are smoked, pit and smoked and displayed at Old Hall in Foulsham. The interesting shapes and textures, inspired by weathered landscapes and ancient cultures, of the pots make Vogler’s workshop a must visit.
5. Annie Nickerson
Specializing in alpaca fleece, Annie Nickerson spins, weaves and dyes the fiber of her herd at Burnt Farm Alpacas in Horning, to create soft, high quality handcrafted shawls and more.
6. Katayoun Dowlatshahi
At the Silverwood Art Studio and Darkroom in Northrepps, visual artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi will open its doors to show off her media art specializing in historical and digital photography.
7. Jenni Murphy
Jenni Murphy’s fun acrylic paintings will be on display in her studio at Muspole Workshops. Her playful storytelling as she observes people in day-to-day life is pure bliss to see.
She says, “As I close the door to my studio at the end of the day, my goal is to create something funny and original, filled with people and stories uplifting with their cheerful and positive attitude, inspiring happiness and shared memories. “
8. Martin Mitchell
Founder of the Norwich Print Fair, Martin Mitchell’s intricate landscapes are produced through a range of printmaking disciplines including etching, mezzotint, collagraphy, linocut and woodcut. Internationally renowned, Mitchell is a staple of Muspole workshops.
9. Stephanie Carlton
Ceramist, jeweler and engraver Stephanie Carlton will open her Clay Shed studio in Dickleburgh. Her delicate multidisciplinary work is beautifully created with a common use of neutral tones juxtaposed with gold. Her job is sure to frequent the Christmas lists of many.
10. Tracy Satchwill
Mixed media artist Tracy Satchwill will open her studio in Forncett St Peter. His playful creations combine experimental films and archive images.
11. Esther Boehm
Esther Boehm’s Heacham Studio is a must-see for those interested in contemporary conceptual work. She explores painting, sculpture and sculpture in a range of materials, working with natural shapes and figures.
12. The Williams
President of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Les Williams’ Castle Acre studio will exhibit his abstract and living pieces in pen and wash illustrating everyday life.