Every year over fifty artists, from Calne in the west to Hungerford in the east, invite visitors to their studios, workshops, or pop-up galleries as they participate in Marlborough Open Studios. The event usually takes place for the first four full weekends in July. This year, due to the pandemic, the event has been cancelled but has been turned into a virtual experience.
Marlborough Open Studios’ virtual experience will introduce several artists and their work each day in July on Facebook and Instagram pages. The exception is Wagon Yard Artists’ Gallery, which will re-open on July 4 and every Saturday thereafter from 10-4pm with plenty of hand sanitiser and social distancing in evidence. Wagon Yard Artiists’ Gallery can be found off London Road, Marlborough, near Bridge Garage.
Open Studios chairman Paul Oakley said, “It is with great sadness that we had to cancel Open Studios for 2020. However, we are delighted to be able to provide our supporters the opportunity to see the great work which has been created by our artists. Everyday throughout July we will be showcasing 2 or 3 of our exhibitors on social media, which we hope will allow our online visitors to catch up with their favourite artists and discover new studios they can visit when we are back for Marlborough open Studios 2021.”
Artists’ work is already being shown on the Marlborough Open Studios Instagram and Facebook pages. Visitors can use the hashtag #marlboroughopenstudios2020 or https://www.facebook.com/marlboroughos/ to see postings of new work as they go online. There are already regular postings from many of the artists so there is plenty to see.