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Open Studios – Have A Nose, A Chat And Buy Some Art

Summer Open Studio Season Is Here! Are You Going?

What better way to have a nose around the artist’s studios and houses! Not to mention picking up an original piece of art, commission free, and a drink and nibble along the way.  A very merry affair indeed.

Open Studios are hugely popular attracting buyers, collectors, gallery owners and supportive family and friends. (Read Private View Etiquette – an amusing guide to open studios and private views)

So jump in the car or hop on a bus and in the style of “Challenge Anneka” visit as many artists as you can.  Jumpsuit optional!


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Unfortunately Pablo will not be on the itinerary

Why Do Artists Take Part In Open Studios?

Open Studios were established to promote artists and their practice to local and wider audiences.  Artists are encouraged to open their studios to the public whether they are in a studios building or in a shed at the bottom of the garden.

Open Studios events often work in partnership with others to create a larger event or arts festival.  Artists are also encouraged to offer demonstrations and workshops allowing the public to become actively involved in the arts scene.  These events offer economic benefits to both the artist and the local community.

Open Studios are always great fun and we are extremely lucky in Kingston and surrounding areas to have so many taking place each year.  There is a huge wealth of talent right on our doorstep offering a range of disciplines.  So whether painting, sculpture, illustration or printing is your thing there is something for everyone and for all budgets.

Hope to see you all there and if inspiration should strike remember that you can get your Art Supplies at Pullingers Art Shop.

Which Open Studios Are Taking Place This Summer?

Fusion ARTS 10th Birthday Open Studios

7th and 8th June 2014, Sat 11-6pm Sun 11-5pm

Visit 32 studios over 4 floors in the heart of Kingston.

53 Eden St, Town Centre, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1BW


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Janie Harland Fusion Arts


Redlees Studios Open Studios

6th until 8th June 2014

A diverse group of artists showing paintings, jewellery, mixed media and ceramics.  The Redlees Gallery is also open first Sunday of every month.

Redlees Studios, Redlees Park, Worton Rd, Isleworth, TW7 6DW.


ASC Kingston – Artists Studio Company

Weekends of 7th– 8th and 14th– 15th June 2014 as part of Kingston Artists Open Studios Art Trail. 11-5pm each day.

ASC opened in 2013 and is a very welcome addition to the area with 60 studios showing a range of work.

Expect new paintings from Patrick Simkins and Paul Smith, mixed media by Buffy Kimm and mesmerising work by Hanna ten Doornkaat.

47-51 Hawks Rd, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3DF.


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Hanna ten Doornkaat, ASC and KAOS artist


Kingston Artists Open Studios Art Trail (KAOS)

Weekends of 7th– 8th June and 14th– 15th June 2014, 11-5pm each day.

53 artists will be taking part in various venues around Kingston.  Definitely pop in and see paintings and prints by Peg Morris and Lizzie Brewer’s drawings.  Many of the KAOS members are also taking part in the SAOS Open Studios.

For venues and a trail map click on the link below.

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Peg Morris, KAOS and SAOS member


Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS)

Runs from 7th – 22nd June 2014

This annual 16 day event gives you the opportunity to meet the artists and makers of Surrey.  Many artists will be offering workshops and demonstrations throughout the event.

Surrey Artist Open Studios in partnership with the New Ashgate Gallery will again be running the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.  The public are asked to vote for their favourite artists during the open studios with the top ten exhibiting at the New Ashgate Gallery.  The winner will be chosen from this exhibition.  Ceramicist Janet Crook was awarded Surrey Artist of the Year 2013.

SAOS Bursary winners Laura Burke, Pippa Spires and Sarah Jane Vickery will be taking part.


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Cressida Borrett, SAOS and KAOS member


Eel Pie Island Artists Open Studios

Weekends of 28th – 29th June and 5th– 6th July 2014, 11-6pm

This private island on the Thames in Twickenham is home to 26 studios.  The artists open up their dwellings twice a year offering a great opportunity to see a variety of artwork and have a glimpse of life on an island steeped in music and arts history.

Cash or cheque only at this event.

Eel Pie Boatyard, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW13DY.


ARThouse Open Studios

Friday 27th June – Sunday 6th July

Richmond’s annual Open Studios celebrates the huge range of talent within the London Borough of Richmond.  This summer over 500 artists will open their doors to the public.  Pullingers Art Shop are sponsoring this year’s prize draw .  Check in at five or more events for a chance to win £100 to spend with an ARThouse artist or £50 voucher to spend with Pullingers Art Shop.

Expect a wide range of work in a range of venues from houses, cafes, churches, boathouses and gardens.  Celebrate local creativity and support your local artists.


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Jennie Ing printmaker


For venues and a map click on the following link and be sure to check individual artists open studios listings.

For more information on the individual art studios go to our Art Directory.

Have fun!

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