Worcestershire Open Studios was founded in 2015 and is the largest free art event in the county.
Run by artists, it showcases the creativity and passion of Worcestershire makers. It’s become a well-loved free annual event for artists and visitors alike. For 2022 we are running the event across ten days 20 – 29 August, with 108 artists, 36 of which are taking part for the first time across 91 venues.
Artists and makers will give you the chance to see them at work, in their homes and studios; it’s the opportunity to see behind the scenes. There’s a vast range of artwork to enjoy.
Our artists are looking forward to welcoming you. This year the event is over ten days giving you more opportunity than ever before to visit artists. To help you plan your visit you can browse through the artists taking part, or search by a particular art form, location or theme. Not all artists are open every day, so please check individual artists’ opening days and times on their event page, or you can filter the event map to just show artists open on particular days. As well as an inspirational day out you get the chance to explore our beautiful county too.
Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation and is run by three trustees who give their time for free, Sally Morgan, Richard Nicholls and Gillian Simpson. Sally and Richard have been with Worcestershire Studios since the start and this is Gillian’s second year.
We’d like to thank our sponsors Bevere Gallery for their support since we started in 2015 and to Elmslie House a new sponsor this year. 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.
We’d love to know about your visits to the artists and makers so please share with us your experiences on social media using #worcestershireopenstudios and let us know what you thought by taking part in our visitors’ survey after the event. Our visitor surveys help us plan for future years.
Most of all we hope you enjoy Worcestershire Open Studios.
Sally, Richard and Gillian
The trustees and event organisers of Worcestershire Open Studios are:
Gillian Simpson is a painter predominantly of watercolours based in North Worcestershire, where she also teaches art and has been involved in establishing and fundraising for a Midlands art group for many years. She brings experience from a long career managing sales, marketing and technical teams in an international business setting, specialising in start-up and innovation projects.
Sally Morgan is a Worcester-based artist who has considerable experience of developing, managing and evaluating projects from her previous employment as a freelance consultant working with the business and charitable sectors and also her work in the public sector.
Richard Nicholls is an artist and photographer based at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery. Recent collaborative projects have been exhibited at the EPSY Photographic Award, the Kickplate Project’s 2020 Valleys’ Exhibition and more locally, as part of the Outdoor Art Gallery with work shown using empty shop windows in Worcester city centre. He also runs a graphic design company in Worcester providing publication and web design for individuals and businesses across the UK.