Cotswold Open Studios: Hidden Treasures 25-26 June

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Cotswold Open Studios: Hidden Treasures 25-26 June

Explore the hidden treasures on 25th and 26th June, 9.30am-5pm each day

Gloucestershire is fast becoming a number one destination for the arts and June is the month to get out and enjoy the huge variety of visual arts in the county. Cotswold Open Studios is a new artist-led initiative with 19 exhibitors (at 16 venues) around Cirencester, now in its second year. The ‘hidden treasures’ (from textile specialists to master craftspeople and from artists and printmakers to sculptors) demonstrate that The Arts and Crafts movement is as alive today in Cirencester as it was in the 19th century. There are so many creative people tucked away, right on the doorstep. They are now throwing open their doors to the public for the weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a working studio; to meet and talk to artists, designers, craftspeople and sculptors; to watch them at work; and to find out about how they make their wonderful creations. Many of the venues are in stunning locations with beautiful gardens. The line-up is mainly professionals with a couple of supporting acts: Joanna Walker and Stephanie Cushing (Preston), Paul Spriggs (South Cerney), Richard Kenton Webb (Siddington), Dorothy Reglar, Loco Glass, Katherine O’Connell, Daniella Wilson-Dunn (New Brewery Arts), Corinne Renow-Clarke (North Cerney), David and Ali Thistlethwaite (Woodmancote), Vanessa Arbuthnott (Calmsden), Tin Odescalchi and Karen Camkin, Hugh and Sophie Blackwell, Kitty Garland (Chedworth), Donald Cordery (Compton Abdale), and Jude McKenna (Ampney St Mary).

‘In 2010, our event attracted people from as far away as Cheshire, Lancashire, Somerset, Nottinghamshire, Wales, London, Sussex and Hampshire. We want to make it as diverse as possible and show that the Arts and Crafts movement is as alive today as it was in the 19th century. It is so important to preserve these unique skills and support our local rural economy. I do hope everyone enjoys this journey of discovery’, says Tessa Webb, director.

This year, art lovers will be treated to a magical mystery tour on a vintage bus. Twenty seven lucky people will be able to book a ride on ‘Old Babs’, the beautiful Alex Cars 1950s Bedford bus. They will be taken on a tour of the open studios around Cirencester on Saturday 25th June, with on board entertainment provided by a travelling minstrel. Tickets are just £15, from the Cirencester Visitor Information Office at the Corinium Museum on 01285 654180. This will make a wonderful day out, with a lunch stop at New Brewery Arts. There is also an opportunity to enter a grand draw. Visitors who hand in the tear off slip at one of the venues (1-15 only) will be entered for the draw, with 10 lucky winners receiving a specially-commissioned signed limited edition print of Cirencester by Richard Kenton Webb.

For further information about this artist-led initiative:
or contact Tessa Webb on or 01285 651790.

Posted : 11/05/2011 17:01:32

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