Celebrate creativity with Open Studios Notts

by | 10 May 2024 | Art, Sherwood

In the coming weeks artists and makers from across Nottinghamshire invite you to visit their studios and events. There is free entry to most events – a few make a small charge to help cover costs or for charity. Events local to us are:

Cath Ray Gallery and Studios

58b Bridgegate, Retford DN22 7UZ
07803 204424
raybooks@msn.com

Saturday 4th May and Sunday 9th June, 10.00am to 4.00pm

All six resident artists who work at the studios throughout the year will open their doors and visitors will be able to meet the artists and talk about their work, methods, and materials.

William Boulby has a Fine Art studio here and specialises in Portraiture, Cath Ray and Andy Hill are both painters who also love using oils, Tracey Page produces intricate lino-prints and drawings based on the natural world of plants and sea creatures. She shares a large studio with Alison Beevers, whose botanical prints on fabric and paper, and collographs are made from flowers and plants that she grows on her nearby allotment. Bev Ramsbotham’s tiny textiles and needle-felt assemblages will also be on display and in the teaching and workshop space, visitors will be able to have a go at plant-based monoprinting. In the main gallery, meet and chat to Retford artist, Jayne Day Williams, whose exhibition Draw My Town is on display there throughout May and June.

Retford Arts Hub

Retford Arts Hub, 11 Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PA
Wheelchair access to ground floor shop and café only. Artists will be available to demonstrate on ground floor and speak to people unable to manage the stairs to studios.
@retfordartshub on Instagram and Facebook

Meet the artisans

Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May and Monday 6th May, 10.00am to 4.00pm

  • Paul Straker: mainly in oils, painting local scenes; also pastels, inks and charcoal for lifeee drawing and sketching
  • Lesley Pearson: illustrator, artist, watercolour, pen and inks, ceramics, including painting birds and animals found around the canal
  • Mark Bloomer: acrylics, oils and fine pencil drawings of animals and landscapes

Mark Gittins

10 High Gables, Ranskill DN22 8EG
07745 432458
Instagram @thepotter_markgittins

Weekends 4th to 6th, 18th to 19th and 25th to 27th May, 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Sundays
Open stoneware pottery studio.

Chris Campbell

The Workshops, Grendon Lodge, Main Street, Mattersey DN10 5DZ
07802 854799
www.chriscampbelldesigns.com

Saturday 4th and Monday 6th May, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Open sculpture, printmaking and metal casting studio. Also featuring guest – photographer Alistair Morrison.

Rufford Art Society

Community Room, Rufford Abbey Country Park NG22 9DF
07814 755161
www.instagram.com/ruffordartsociety/

Saturday 11th May, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Oppportunity to meet Rufford Art Society members and talk to them about their work.

Visit www.osnotts.co.uk for more details.