Artists throw doors open to public

by Dave Barry

THE private domains of dozens of the area’s leading artists will be exposed to public gaze over the next two weekends.

More than 100 potters, printmakers and painters across the county, including many from Scarborough and nearby villages, will bare their souls and their work to visitors during the seventh annual North Yorkshire Open Studios (NYOS).

Many have studios at local galleries and others are based at home.

NYOS features a growing number of emerging artists, as well as those working with non-traditional media and process based work, wher the experience of creating the work is often as vital as the resulting piece.

Running alongside NYOS is a programme of artist-led workshops, talks and other events, including workshops, masterclasses, special projects and high-profile speakers.

Organiser Christine Keogh from Art Connections says: “Open Studios offers a unique opportunity for the public to meet individual artists in a diverse range of studios and settings, to gain an insight into how their work is produced, what inspires them and to buy high-quality art and craft directly from them”.   As part of NYOS, Woodend Creative Workspace has an installation of decorative teacups and an exhibition exploring the joy, ritual and refreshing nature of drinking tea. This runs until 30 June, from 9am-5pm daily except 25 and 26 June. Afternoon tea will be served to visitors during the NYOS weekends. Three of Woodend’s resident artists are taking part in NYOS.

Another part of NYOS is a sea-swim on Saturday 18 June. Writer John Wedgwood Clarke and artist-curator Lara Goodband are inviting brave swimmers to take a dip. Tea and cake will be served to those who do. Meet at the south bay beach huts, below the Clock Café, at 10.30am and 3.30pm. Ring 079600 676989 for details.

The studios are open from 10.30am to 5.30pm this Saturday and Sunday and the following weekend. For full details of all of the 120 artists taking part, visit www.nyos.org.uk.