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

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

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