Press Release for Open Studios Stourbridge
Artists and makers based at the Ruskin Glass Center in Stourbridge will be opening their doors to the public this May between the 18th and 19th to coincide with the national Craft and Design month. This will be the second time the center has hosted this event. Organizers say “there is so much talent in the Stourbridge area and it will be great to see the public getting involved and being able for the first time to meet and talk to individual artists in their own studios”.
The idea of Open-studios originated in the salons of 17th century Paris and has been carried through up to the present day. As an internationally recognised event, Open Studios are run in a number of countries, these include events throughout the UK, Holland, Germany and America, to name but a few. An Open Studio is intended to foster creativity in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression.Craft and Design Month was first launched in 2011 by craft & design magazine, the project receives no funding or grant aid and is funded by the artists themselves. Sculptor Philip Potter, based at the RGC said “combining an open studio event with Craft and design month is a great idea because it expands ‘open studios’ from just artists to include makers of all kinds, from textiles to glass crafts to jewellery”.
The core of this year’s event is based around the studios of the Ruskin Glass Centre at Amblecote in Stourbridge and details including a map and bus routes which can be found in participating workshops.
I will be showing new work including a performance outside the workshop, more details to follow
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