Sculptor and painter Caroline Jordan, who is holding one of her works, Truth In Our Time, is opening her studio at The Green, Upton. 100518JW5-1
Sculptor and painter Caroline Jordan, who is holding one of her works, Truth In Our Time, is opening her studio at The Green, Upton. 100518JW5-1

Seventeen artists will be opening their studios at nine venues in Southwell and Upton over the Bank Holiday weekend as part of Open Studios Notts 2018: Bringing Artists Into View.

Six Southwell creators will be sharing their work at beloved@thebarn in King Street carpark.

Tina Bettison (mixed media) Michael Payne (watercolours) Sarah Flanagan (oils and watercolours) Gilly Walker (photography) Jo Munks (mixed media and collage) and Viv Payne (raku) will be joined by local musician Rhydian Hapgood, who will also be in residence throughout playing acoustic compositions.

Jo Munks, who works in mixed media — photography, sculpture, painting and collage — said visiting the artists enabled the public to learn about them and their practice.

"Every artist is different and we create differently," she said.

"It can be inspiring as well as fascinating for visitors to see how we do what we do."

Jo Munks, one of the artists taking part in the Open Studios event, with examples of her work. 100518JW5-3
Jo Munks, one of the artists taking part in the Open Studios event, with examples of her work. 100518JW5-3

Sculptor and painter Caroline Jordan, of Warriners Cottage, 14 The Green, Upton, will be opening her studio from 10am to 5pm.

"Open Studios gives me the impetus and motivation to create new work," she said.

"It is inspiring to visit other artists and see their creativity in action."

Ceramic artist Susan Morton, of Meadow View, Church Lane, Upton, will be giving a demonstration of handthrowing and building techniques.

"Opening my studio to visitors and hearing their comments helps me gain confidence in my work," she said.

"It inspires me to keep going on those days when the clay has a mind of its own.

"Open Studios is so important as it allows the public to see a wide range of creative work."

Ann Leech, of 56 Church Street, Southwell, will be giving digital art demonstrations.

She will be sharing her open studio event with Michaela Stevenson, who will have two art stations where visitors can have a go at reproducing a picture using acrylic paints. Children and adults will be invited to add a section to a piece of large wall art.

"Open studios gets art out into the wider world and enables artists to be seen," said Ann.

"For the artist it gives us something to focus on and the motivation to keep on creating."

Ann Leech, who will be giving digital art demonstrations during the Open Studios event. She is pictured with one of her works, while holding 14-week-old Evie Ray Parmenter. 100518JW5-2
Ann Leech, who will be giving digital art demonstrations during the Open Studios event. She is pictured with one of her works, while holding 14-week-old Evie Ray Parmenter. 100518JW5-2

The Creatives Around Southwell trail also features furniture-maker Michael Beckett, who is opening his workshop at Zennor on Halam Road, and ceramicist/artist Andrea Patocka, who will be sharing her work at 2 Norwood Gardens.

In Upton, Susan Isaac (painting and sculpture) will open her studio at High Farm, Main Street, and will be joined by Carl Gray (ceramics) and Mark Greene (woodcraft).

Painter Jude Rawson, of 28 Main Street, will be displaying his oils, watercolours and acrylic paintings.

Milliner Victoria Jardine will put out her latest headwear creations at her home on 6 Church Lane.

Throughout May beloved@thebarn will be hosting an exhibition showing examples of work by all the Southwell and Upton artists taking part in the project.

A leaflet showing the venues and artists is available in shops and eateries throughout the area.

For more information about Open Studios Notts visit www.osnotts.co.uk