Artists get set for Open Studios event

Over 250 Norfolk artists, photographers, painters and sculptors will be busy preparing their workplaces this week, ready to welcome thousands of visitors to their homes and studios on 16th May as part of the largest visual arts event of its kind in the region.

Over 250 Norfolk artists, photographers, painters and sculptors will be busy preparing their workplaces this week, ready to welcome thousands of visitors to their homes and studios on 16th May as part of the largest visual arts event of its kind in the region.

Now in its 15th year, 'Norfolk Open Studios' offers members of the public the opportunity to watch artists at work in their own environment, to discover exciting new talents and to purchase, commission or simply just enjoy the huge range of vibrant new work that Norfolk artists will have on show.

Breckland artist, Lynn Hutton who graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2003, explained why she will be participating in the event for the first time.

'Friends and acquaintances kept asking me if I would take part and this encouraged me. It's a way of showing my friends, colleagues and anyone who is interested what I do all day, and it will be a useful chance to network with other artists'.


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'I hope that the general public will visit and gain a greater insight into what it means to be a professional artist. I am looking forward to meeting more people and talking about art'.

Lynn produces conceptual sculpture in slate and ceramics, incorporating photographic print.

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Breckland Council Arts Officer, Sam Dawson, explained why Open Studios is so important to the district's artists and residents;

'Last year, almost 27,000 people visited artists in their workplaces, so this is a particularly good opportunity for less well known artists who often find it difficult to get their work in front of the public. Visitors value the opportunity to watch work being created and gain a greater understanding of the process'.

Norfolk Open Studios is part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and is supported by The Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council, Breckland Council, South Norfolk Council, North Norfolk Council, Broadland District Council, and the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. The event will run from16th - 31st May and a booklet featuring all participating artists can be obtained by calling 01603 877750 or can be downloaded from the Festival website, www.nnfestival.org.uk/openstudios. Copies are also available in shops, tourist information centres and galleries.

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