The open studios are back!

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It’s that time of year again and artists across Wiltshire are preparing to open their studios and present their finest works. The Art Trail which is open for the first four weekends in July has been going strong since 1995 and this year is no exception. For 2018, the trail has 54 exhibiting artists and 22 associate artists who will be opening their doors in 42 open studios.

The trail is a fantastic opportunity for a day out in Wiltshire, tying in some of our local walks and historic sites with stunning artwork, sculptures, photography, woodwork and ceramics.

The studios give thanks to their lead sponsor David Dudley as well as Kim Vine, Rick Stein and Bowler Oakfield who are lead supporters of the event.

There will be many taster sessions and demonstrations in multiple venues across July, so do check in advance of travel on the open studio website.

There will be a diverse array of artwork available for every budget, the perfect opportunity to find something unusual for your home!

Marlborough Townsite picks some of the main categories from the event:

Photography

This year we are fortunate to have a breadth of photography, inspired by natures patterns, to light and botanical subjects. Photographs can bring an extra dimension to any room, capturing a moment forever in its image.

Alan Cowley, Susie Bigglestone, Stephen Davis, Diana Neale, Deborah Husk, Nigel Hudson are some of the key exhibitors for this section.

Sculpture

It is quite breath-taking to see the very essence of something, captured in a sculpture. HRH the queen, certainly thought so and famously commissioned them for her racehorses at Sandringham.

Whether its abstract or life models you are after, the following artists have an array of sculptures to view: Lisi Ashbridge, Tom Hiscocks, Alison Bowyer, Bryan Hanlon and Diccon Dadey.

Ceramics

I adore ceramics, to quote William Morris “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. You will surely be enchanted by the range of useful and beautiful ceramics on show from our artists: Nick pearce, Sally Osbourne, Liz Moakes, Jane Renwick, Jacqui Melhuish and Mary Thorne.

Open studios invite the public to studios across the region on the following July Weekends 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 (11am - 5pm).

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