Hampshire Open Studios – 18th – 27th August

'Upper Swanmore Sunset' by Jerry Smith

Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge.

The first Hampshire Open Studios was back in 2000 and now 18 years later we have grown in size and offer even more to visitors. With over 250 venues open, in the ten days leading up to bank holiday Monday 28th August, visitors get the chance to meet the makers direct, learn more about the work and we offer a range of participatory workshops.

Our colour catalogue has more details or view online – if you are not sure where to start some mini-trails have been suggested for each area around the county. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from your favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist.

There are a wide variety of venues to see along with every type of art and craft on offer in the region. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors.

New for 2018 is Illustrator Jonathan Chapman at Martyr Worthy. Jonathan’s work includes figurative painting and illustration, colourful landscapes and cityscapes inspired by Winchester and popular destinations from around the world. As well as original canvases he will be selling prints and cards. Or travel into the city of Winchester which has over 16 studios to visit in close proximity and within easy access of train or central parking.

As usual Romsey, Stockbridge and Andover all have a great wealth of arts and crafts on display. A must see is Romsey Art Group who show at Lee in their beautiful gallery on the Mountbatten Estate. The exhibition includes paintings, pottery, prints and cards for sale.

Another interesting visit would be to Blackstone-Chalk in Dunbridge. Here you can see unique solid pieces of furniture, by Matthew Chalk. Each handmade rustic furniture piece is designed, beautifully hand crafted and made from reclaimed wood wherever possible.

Head north of Andover to Upton and visit Rebecca Maynard who is showing unique handmade ceramic sculpture, painting and drawings, inspired by the ocean, light and landscape. Calming seascapes in watercolour and inks, and ceramic heads, owls and vases.

Visit Jerry Smith at Swanmore with studio and temporary exhibition space. Jerry paints in a vivid representational style driven by a passion for detail which has always been evident in his work. Also find out more about workshops and private tuition.

Something different is available at BellaCrafts – Set within an historic activity and craft barn at the Fair Oak Garden Centre. This venue has a beautiful selection of crafts to tantalise the senses; from sewn projects to mixed media.

Mountwood Pottery at Shedfield includes a great mix of arts and crafts. This includes stoneware pottery, handspun and felt by Georgina Hutber, beaded jewellery by Lourentia Doyle, prints and illustrations by Aelfred Hillman. Also, refreshments while you browse!

18-27th August 2018