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Northants Open Studios: Your Gateway to Artistic Exploration

Northants Open Studios stands at the forefront of democratizing art and creativity, fostering a diverse and vibrant artistic community within Northamptonshire. We believe that art should be accessible to all, irrespective of age, skill level, or medium preference. Our platform welcomes a rich tapestry of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts, highlighting the myriad expressions of creativity that exist within our community.

Our central mission is twofold:

  • Empowering Artists: We cultivate a supportive network for artists, offering opportunities for growth, collaboration, and exposure. Whether through facilitating exhibition opportunities throughout the year or opening channels to connect with venues, collectors, and buyers, we provide the scaffolding for artists to flourish.
  • Engaging Communities: We work relentlessly to make art accessible, encouraging a broad spectrum of venues to host artistic endeavours. From historic churches to contemporary commercial galleries, we bring art into the heart of the community.

Our flagship event is the Northants Open Studios Visual Arts Festival, renowned as the largest of its kind within the county. Held every September, this festival turns the spotlight onto the artists and their creative process. Artists open the doors to their studios, welcoming the public into their creative sanctuaries. Here, visitors gain an unprecedented view into the inner workings of a pottery studio, the intricacies of stone carving, or the techniques employed in traditional crafts.

Complementing the studio tours, the festival also incorporates a Central Exhibition, showcasing a selection of each participating artist's work. Acting as a tangible brochure, this exhibition allows visitors to plan their studio visits based on their artistic interests.

To ensure broad reach and engagement, we distribute 10,000 festival brochures across Northamptonshire and beyond. These brochures, coupled with various venue-hosted exhibitions throughout September, serve to amplify the visibility of participating artists.

As a self-funded organisation, we rely on the generosity of venues and commercial sponsors within Northamptonshire. Their continued support empowers us to achieve our mission, making art accessible, promoting local artists, and nurturing an artistic community that thrives on diversity and mutual support.

Join us on this journey of artistic exploration and discover the myriad ways in which art continues to shape our lives and communities. Welcome to Northants Open Studios, where art comes to life.


Marigold Short

Ironstone Art Prize

Exhibition

Date: 27/01/2024 - 10/03/2024 at 10:00-15:00

This exhibition features the best recent work by artists from our region, chosen by a panel of independent judges including broadcaster and Art Dealer Philip Mould OBE, Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Deborah Smith, Director of the Arts Council Collection. I am delighted to have had ' (See information on event)

Marigold Short

Ironstone Art Prize

Exhibition

Date: 27/01/2024 - 10/03/2024 at 10:00-15:00

This exhibition features the best recent work by artists from our region, chosen by a panel of independent judges including broadcaster and Art Dealer Philip Mould OBE, Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Deborah Smith, Director of the Arts Council Collection. I am delighted to have had ' (See information on event)

Sally Mcrae

Candle Holder Workshop

Workshop

Date: 28/02/2024 - 28/02/2024 at 10:30-02:30

In this workshop I will guide you through designing and making a folded candle holder. You will have access to a wide choice of colours in transparent glass and I will teach you how to cut glass and assemble your piece ready for firing in the kiln. You will have access to all of the tools and safety (See information on event)

Cordell Garfield

Portrait Painting in Oils

Workshop

Date: 02/03/2024 - 02/03/2024 at 10:00-16:00

A one day workshop based on a step by step process to create a portrait from a photographic reference. The process will cover: • Using oil paints • The typical proportions of the face • Measuring and mapping out key features from the photograph • The use of line, tone, and value to create th (See information on event)

Sophie Bliss Kilpatrick

Paint the universe- Acrylics

Workshop

Date: 09/03/2024 - 09/03/2024 at 10:00-12:00

Booking essential as limited spaces. Come along and have a go at painting the universe in acrylics, Sophie will be there to guide and show you step by step to create your own little universe painting. All abilities welcome. All materials provided. (See information on event)

Joy Norman

Visualise Textile Group

Exhibition

Date: 12/03/2024 - 23/03/2024 at 10:00-16:00

A superb exhibition of Contemporary Stitched Art textiles by the Visualise Textile Group at the Floor One Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. 12.3.24 to 23.3.24, Mon to Fri 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sundays closed. Free entry. There will also be the opportunity to buy accessories, creative (See information on event)

Sally Mcrae

Fused Glass Garden Art

Workshop

Date: 14/03/2024 - 14/03/2024 at 11:00-16:00

In this workshop you will design and make your own unique copper framed garden ornament with a display measuring approximately 10cm x 34cm. You will have a wide range of coloured transparent glass available and I will teach you how to cut glass and assemble your piece ready for fusing in my kiln. I (See information on event)

Katie Boyce

Life Drawing

Event

Date: 21/03/2024 - 21/03/2024 at 18:00-20:00

Enhance your abilities in observation, proportion, and form through a life drawing session featuring a nude model. Experience the soothing advantages of this self-guided session with easels available on a first come first served basis. Complimentary Tea and coffee provided. Third Thursday of each mo (See information on event)

Sophie Bliss Kilpatrick

Cityscapes in acrylics

Workshop

Date: 21/03/2024 - 21/03/2024 at 19:00-21:00

Come and learn how to create gorgeous cityscapes using a pallet knife and acrylics. Sophie will take you through step by step all the way and you’ll leave with your very own cityscape painting. All materials included. All abilities welcome. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. (See information on event)