Artists open up in record numbers for Cambridge Open Studios 2022

Work by milliner Susan Widlake and Nadia Kuatois. Both are among the artists taking part in Cambridge Open Studios 2022.

Work by milliner Susan Widlake and Nadia Kuatois. Both are among the artists taking part in Cambridge Open Studios 2022. - Credit: Donna Duke-Llande / Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

One of the largest Open Studios events to date is coming to Cambridgeshire and its borders this July.

Running from July 2 to July 24, Cambridge Open Studios 2022 will present work from 378 artists and makers in 231 studios and spaces.

From Ely to Huntingdon and Cambridge to Saffron Walden across the border in Essex, the event will give visitors an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes and browse, discover, and buy art directly from talented artists and makers.

From painting to ceramics, sculpture to furniture making, photography to jewellery, and much more, art lovers will be able to meet the artistic masterminds behind the creations in their natural habitats for free over four weekends – July 2-3, July 9-10, July 16-17, and July 23-24.

The event is the perfect opportunity to discover hidden locations and unique workspaces while meeting the artist, experiencing the creative process, and finding out what inspires them.

Saffron Walden artist Nadia Kuatois loves to paint with bold and vibrant colours

Saffron Walden artist Nadia Kuatois loves to paint with bold and vibrant colours - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

Gabriella del Valle, jeweller and chair of Cambridge Open Studios, said: "Everyone is welcome at this exciting and enjoyable celebration of creativity.

"Whether you are an art enthusiast or just casually interested in art, you can talk directly to artists, watch demonstrations, and even be inspired to buy something for your own home.

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"We're thrilled that Cambridge Open Studios will feature more artists and makers than ever before, and cover a huge variety of mediums and experiences, from professional artists to talented hobbyists.

"Plus, because the event is completely free to visit, even if it takes place in a gallery, there's no pressure to buy anything. Everyone will receive a warm arty welcome!"

Discovering and exploring the artists’ workspaces couldn't be easier. A printed guide with a map and listings will be available in libraries, tourist information sites, and some galleries, craft shops and cafes around Cambridgeshire, so visitors can plan their journeys and navigate the four weekends of Open Studios.

Ashley Munro Scott is among the artists taking part in Cambridge Open Studios 2022.

Ashley Munro Scott is among the artists taking part in Cambridge Open Studios 2022. - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

The new Cambridge Open Studios App also provides complete venue information – including art medium, artist’s name, accessibility information, and opening dates – and links to Google Maps so users can navigate straight to the studio door.

Strategically placed QR codes in the guide and on posters across the county will help visitors quickly locate information. Scanning the codes takes you directly to the App or to the Open Studios webpage.

Artist Emily Jolley painting in her studio.

Artist Emily Jolley painting in her studio. - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios 2022

Spread out across the region and neighbouring counties – not just in Cambridge city centre – distinctive yellow flags will help visitors identify participating studios, which will be open between 10am and 5pm.

Each artist will take part for either one, two, three, or four weekends.

To find out more about Cambridge Open Studios 2022, including a full list of participating artists, visit www.cambridgeopenstudios.co.uk

An example of Nina Sage's print-making

An example of Nina Sage's print-making - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios 2022

Glassware by Andrée Bowmer

Glasswork by Andree Bowmer - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

Claire McGinley's ceramics can be seen during Cambridge Open Studios

Claire McGinley's ceramics can be seen during Cambridge Open Studios - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

A painting by Stuart Green

A painting by Stuart Green - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

Jewellery by Heather Stowell

Jewellery by Heather Stowell - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios

A painting by Ted Coney

A painting by Ted Coney - Credit: Supplied by Cambridge Open Studios