Welcome to Suffolk Open Studios
Join us now to take part in Suffolk Open Studios 2016
Now is the time to join us in readiness to open your studio to the public in June 2016. Click here and fill in the online form to find out more.
Click below to see our video invitation to visit Open Studios, which takes place every June, with over 125 artists and makers, see how they work, learn how they produce their art, be inspired!
"As always, visitors in 2015 will be treated to a huge range of art, from watercolours and acrylics, to photography and printmaking, and jewellery and sculpture. Everyone is sure to find local art that captures their interest which is why the Open Studios event grows each year with more members of the public visiting the studios.
Suffolk Open Studios has been running since 1993 and has grown in great numbers from its humble beginnings of a group of around 15 local artists in the Snape and Aldeburgh area; the network now covers the whole of Suffolk. Many of the artists collaborate by creating mapped trails incorporating several studios to create a great day out for visitors, many also demonstrate their craft, allow the public to try their skill for themselves and provide refreshments.
Although there are some ready mapped trails available, Suffolk Open Studios covers such a big area, visitors are encouraged to use the Directory and website in advance to check routes and opening weekends to make a day of it. We encourage Suffolk Open Studios guests to plan their route, including somewhere to stop for lunch, to ensure an enjoyable day that runs smoothly. This is an experience designed to open your mind to art, there is no pressure to buy but please leave with your head full of creativity and inspiration!
The Suffolk Open Studios committee is keen to keep growing and to attract new artists to join. Artists nearly always work alone which may feel lonely at times and means there may not always be a source of feedback for new ideas and work. Artists have told us that being part of this Open Studio network gives a sense of belonging and a ready-made network for discussion on all things arty and creative! On top of this, unlike some regional Open Studio operations, Suffolk invites members to join without a committee selection process. Applicants for membership are not put through a rigorous selection process – we are often our own harshest critics anyway without others judging whether your art meets correct standard.
In the lead up to June, some of our artists will be participating in Art About Town, a scheme with collaborates with friendly local shops, cafes and restaurants allowing artists to exhibit work to help promote their work. Keep an eye out for this in towns near you, from 18-30 May 2015.
So a warm welcome to Suffolk Open Studios 2015, I hope that all our visitors really enjoy exploring the creativity that Suffolk artists have to offer."