Inside the artists’ studios
PETERBOROUGH has a wide range of talented and enthusiastic artists, and this is your chance to meet them, as Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios springs into action. CARLY LEWTHWAITE spoke to a few of the people taking part to find out what goes on behind
T HIS is a very special year for Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios, as it celebrates its 10th birthday.
Almost an art in its own right, opening your private home and creative studio to the general public may seem daunting, but for Kay Hall of Mayor’s Walk, it has been an inspiration.
Having worked with textiles for as long as she can remember and mosaic for around 10 years, Kay is experienced in opening her home, and enjoys seeing the regular viewers, as well as meeting new ones.
“You get new people joining every year, and it inspires you to be more creative and focused, and to move on and try new things,” she said.
“When you work in isolation it is important to get feedback from others in order to progress. I keep a visitors book and had around 250 people last year.
“Most people simply want to see what you do, whereas others are interested in taking it up themselves.”
A mosaic course in Italy emphasised Kay’s love of the art. “It reinforced the fact that I do have some talent and an eye for colour, it was fantastic.”
Another reason Kay enjoys mosaic is the environmental issues behind it. “It is a great way to bring things together and recycle what would otherwise go to landfill,” she said.
“I get some of my materials from a stained glass artist. Because they can not use the broken pieces, they give them to me and I create something new with them.
“It is so easy to do, all you need is a board, glue, some broken glass or ceramics and some grout. The only limit is your imagination.” This year Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios will see 26 separate exhibitions in the Peterborough area, showcasing the work of more than 50 artists over three weekends.
From paintings, ceramics, jewellery, pottery and collage to watercolour, beading and stone carving, there is a real cross section of creativity.
Some artists have been working on their art since they were small children, whereas others are still studying, often at local colleges and classes.
Almost all the exhibitions will be held in the artists’ own homes, often with several sharing a venue to offer a variety for visitors.
Another will be held at the Cavell Centre, in Bretton Gate, Peterborough.
This is the new, state-of-the art mental health unit in the city, which after it opened last year joined up with Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios to display local art work.
The Cavell Centre will be a variety of art work, including watercolours, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and collage. This exhibition will take place on weekdays and weekends from 10am until noon and 2pm until 4pm from June 26 until July 11.
The open studio events in artists’ homes and studios will take place over three weekends, June 26 to June 27, July 3 to July 4 and July 10 to July 11.
Opening times vary between venues, which will all be displaying a Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios red banner.
Visit www.paos.org.uk to view the gallery and find out more.