York Open Studios is a non-profit community project run by a team of volunteers with the purpose of promoting local artists and inviting members of the public to take a closer look at their work, practice, and creative spaces.
Now in its sixteenth year, York Open Studios has gone from strength to strength with over 100 artists at nearly 80 venues across the city centre and beyond taking part this April over the course of five days.
This weekend’s preview, held at the Stained Glass Centre in St Martin-Cum-Gregory’s Church just a short walk away from the city centre, offers a glimpse of what’s to come with a varied selection of makers and mediums on display.
There are familiar names alongside new faces (the characteristic ceramics of Ben Arnup and Ruth King, for example, alongside newcomers Sarah King‘s animal portraiture and Becki Harper‘s delicate drawing).
The exploration continues with a mesmerizing papercut by Rosie Scott-Massie, a stunning sculptured felt cone by Jean Drysdale, and the brilliant ‘Tattoo Girl’ drawing by Alan Coates – each unique, engaging and inspiring, and just a sample of some of the highlights in this fantastic space.
Both the variety of the collection and skill of the artistry is impressive – and to think we have this wealth of talent right on our doorstep here in York is well worth celebrating. York Open Studios runs 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 April – for times, locations and artist listings visit the website or pick up a booklet locally.