The late May bank holiday weekend sees 3 Upton artists inviting the public into their workspaces as part of Open Studios Notts.
Over the three days of 24th – 26th May there is the chance to meet three Upton artists in their studios, along with several guest artists and makers. Painter Susan Isaac’s studio is at High Farm with guest ceramicist Carl Gray & woodcrafter Mark Greene (Susan is also part of the Lady Bay Festival on 17-18 May). Painter Jude Rawson is at Rookery Nook (opposite the Cross Keys Inn). Potter Sue Morton is at Meadow View (near Upton church) with guest potter Ann Robbins. Carl Gray and Sue Morton will be demonstrating pot making techniques. All the studios will have simple refreshments, with more substantial fare available at the Clock House Cafe in the grounds of the Horological Institute.
Going a little further afield – in the Newark area there will be 2 weekends of activities by the ‘NewWork’ collective at Galerie (24-25 May & 31 May – 1 June), together with open studios by photographer Karen Cunningham at New Balderton (31 May – 1 June) and Max Neale at Beckingham (3-5/17-18/24-26 May). At Rufford Craft Centre the OS Notts exhibition, ‘Bringing Artists into View’, continues to 8 June, highlighting these and other events around Nottinghamshire.
Events across the central area of the county are: the Gedling Artists (10-11 May), Patchings Festival (5-8 June), and open studios by Kirkby-in-Ashfield artists Jonathan Annable & Emma Gladwin (17-18 May), and Mansfield artist Betty Ching (24-26 May & 30 May – 1 June).
To the south are the Broxtowe artists (17-18 May & 31 May-1 June), the Lady Bay Arts Festival (17-18 May), the Keyworth Trail (10-11 May) and Radcliffe-on Trent artist Sara Sylvester (thro May/June). To the north, the ‘Artempo’ artists & Andy Massey (30-31 May) are in Retford. Then there is Chris Campbell & guests at Mattersey plus Richard A Rogers & guests at Sutton-cum-Lound (31 May-1 June & 14-15 June), Polly Warren at Askham, Lee Sinclair at Laneham (25-27 May & 31 May – 1 June) and the Gosh Gallery artists at Tuxford (through May/June). In the Sherwood Forest area, Thoresby Gallery is linked to the events (through May/June), and alongside them the Sherwood Forest Wood-Firing Society has two weekends of kiln firing and raku sessions (17-18 & 31 May – 1 June). Clare Hawley & Victoria Hall are opening their studios in the Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre at Edwinstowe (in May) and in Worksop, Georgina Robertson is in her studio on Saturdays through May. The concluding event this year is the Harley Artists Open Studios weekend on 14-15 June with 19 artists taking part, alongside a range of events and activities around the Welbeck estate.
See www.osnotts.co.uk for more details.