About Worcestershire Open Studios

Worcestershire Open Studios was founded in 2015 and is the largest free art event in the county.

The event goes beyond a traditional art exhibition with a focus on meeting the artist or maker and learning about their process and craft. It showcases the creativity and passion of Worcestershire artists & makers and inspires visitors to get creative. It has become a well-loved free annual event for artists and visitors alike. Last year the event took place across ten days in August culminating in the Bank Holiday Weekend and received around 12,500 studio visits

Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation and is run by three volunteer artists, Gemma Griffiths, Mary Brittain and Anna Cumming. The event was set up in 2015 by artists Sally Morgan and Richard Nicholls with Gillian Simpson joining a few years later, after 9 successful events, the founding team appointed new organisers who look forward to building on the fantastic foundations.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Bevere Gallery for their continued support since we started in 2015. Elmslie House in Malvern have kindly agreed to continue their sponsorship with us. Our thanks also go to all the participating artists, visitors, volunteers and supporters for contributing to make Worcestershire Open Studios such a worthwhile and enriching event.

There’s lot of exciting things happening with Worcestershire Open Studios, if you’d like to keep up to date with what we’re doing please sign up to our email news updates to be kept informed, and follow us on social media.

Please take the time to have a good browse of all the artist and makers in the 'Artist Profiles' and thank you for your support.
Gemma, Mary & Anna

Our Evaluation Report of the 2023 event is now available to download.

The organisers of Worcestershire Open Studios are:

Anna Cumming

Anna Cumming is an oil painter living by the Malvern hills, and inspired by the local landscape, and her Scottish heritage. Anna is known for her richly coloured palette knife pieces which invoke a sense of place. She has painted and exhibited full-time, since completing a life-changing course at the, sadly no-longer, Malvern School of Art in 2015. Her previous career was in finance and project management. Anna has significant experience as a solo and group exhibitor taking part in events across the Three Counties and Wales.

Gemma Griffiths

Gemma Griffiths is an artist working from her studio on the Malvern Hills. Particularly passionate about drawing and painting outside, in all weather, Gemma enjoys trying to capture the feeling of the elements in her work whether that be brooding skies or stormy seas. Gemma’s international design career was focused on British heritage brands and latterly led to her running award-winning shops for 12 years championing independent designers, artists & makers. Gemma is looking forward to encouraging new artists & makers to join in with Worcestershire Open Studios as well as those further along on their creative journey. Also found as Gemma Wiseman!

Mary Brittain

Mary Brittain FRSA is a self-taught painter and sculptor living in rural Worcestershire. Her work in both disciplines is inspired by her surroundings and love of nature, especially garden plants, domestic animals and birds. Mary has exhibited widely within both disciplines. Working across a range of materials painting in both oils and acrylics and drawing in charcoal, pencil and soft pastels, Mary sculpts in clay which is then cast in bronze / bronze resin. Mary has a background in journalism and PR for the jewellery and gift industry and is passionate about supporting and raising the profile of the visual arts in Worcestershire..