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Cambridge Open Studios

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Region’s largest art event set to return this July

Cambridge Open Studios has announced the 2018 dates for its month-long summer art event, which will feature an exciting range of exhibitions by 350 artists at 221 locations in the city and surrounding areas.

Artists will open their doors to the public over four weekends in July. Among the huge range of specialisms will be: fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture making, and more besides.

The weekends are: July 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29. Studios are open to visit between 11am and 6pm. However, as not all artists will exhibit every weekend it is important to check the website, or refer to the famous yellow guide. These guides will be widely available in local outlets including libraries, tourist information sites, galleries and selected shops.

There’s an app for that

Cambridge Open Studios now has an app to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for and plan their days out. You can search by the artist’s name, medium (painting, pottery, glass etc.), and location. There’s also a button that suggests studios to visit nearby. So it’s easy to find exactly the kinds of work you want to see and to work out a route around a particular area. The app will be available to download by mid-June for Apple and Android.

An exciting partnership with a well-known Cambridge organisation is in the pipeline and will be announced soon.

This year there are 87 venues to visit in central Cambridge and Grantchester and a further 134 venues in the wider Cambridgeshire area – including a large cluster of studios in Ely.

Marion Curtis, board member of Cambridge Open Studios, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to see artists at work, discuss their inspirations and techniques, and to browse, purchase or even commission their work.

“It’s wonderful that this year we have the ingenious phone app that allows visitors to find any workshops to suit their tastes and location. It couldn’t be easier to make a day of visiting a selection of studios.

“As always, visitors are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome at all the studios - and no pressure whatsoever to buy anything. All Cambridge Open Studios are completely free to visitors of all ages.”

Find out more online

The studios are spread throughout the whole region, not just in the city centre. As usual, the distinctive yellow COS flags will be out to identify participating studios.

In the months leading up to the open studio event, many artists will be running workshops, courses and exhibitions. Members of the public can keep up to date on their activities via the COS website (www.camopenstudios.co.uk) or by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @CamOpenStudios, where they can also follow specific artists.

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Exhibitions are being held at various galleries and locations throughout the city

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