Summer is here and the Marlborough Open Studios Art Trail makes a welcome return after a ‘virtual’ event in 2020. Artists will be opening their studio doors to welcome visitors over the first four weekends of July. This year’s trail is bigger than ever and boasts 72 artists across 48 studios, including a number of new exhibitors.
Exhibits range from small curios, jewellery, glass and ceramics to large sculptures, bronzes and epic landscapes. Entrance is free, with no obligation to buy. It’s a great way to enjoy a variety of artwork whilst exploring the north Wiltshire countryside.
Mary Thorne, one of the Wagon Yard artists who creates ceramics based on the local landscape, told Marlborough.news, “We’re all looking forward to being able to welcome people in. Our unique locally created art and ceramics are great for gifts.”
Paul Oakley, Chairman of Marlborough Open Studios said, “You will, I hope, enjoy meeting the artists and talking to them about their work, inspiration and techniques as well as seeing some areas of Wiltshire you may not have explored before.
Our artists also have a wide programme of preview shows, demonstrations and opportunities for you to learn a new skill under their expert guidance.”
Visitors can have a go at oil painting, screen printing, or watch a demonstration of making unique collage papers. There is even a drop-in children’s workshop. Many of the studios offer refreshments.
This year, as in previous years, Marlborough Open Studios is supporting Arts Together, a local charity that provides arts projects which support the well-being of older people in Wiltshire. Arts Together is offering free coffee and cake on July 3rd from 10-2pm in St Mary’s Church, Marlborough to everyone who is on the trail.
For further information and details of the special events collect an Open Studios brochure from shops in the High Street or library or to visit the website, click here