PLEASE NOTE – Although the physical open studio events described here have been cancelled, you can continue to discover these Nottinghamshire artists & makers through the links below.
David Gill at Papplewick Pumping Station
DAVID GILL is the resident blacksmith at PAPPLEWICK PUMPING STATION which is normally in steam eight times a year, at which times David operates the forge and demonstrates his craft (one of several events in Central Notts). The museum has … Continue reading →
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Jane & Chris Marrows
These two artists, JANE & CHRIS MARROWS based in Sneinton (Nottingham South), were intending to run an open studio event on 2-3 May. Sadly they have had to cancel – if you like their work please contact them directly through … Continue reading →
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The Wash House Printmakers
The WASH HOUSE PRINTMAKERS are a trio of printmaking artists in Wollaton (Nottingham South). Hilke, Sarah & Clare had been planning an event on 2-3 May. In the current situation it is no longer possible to visit but if you … Continue reading →
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So … the Coronavirus has struck and there’s no way of avoiding its immediate impact on many events and small creative businesses.  Inevitably this is bad news for OSNotts, but we hope we can create good news as well!

The bad news is – unfortunately there is no way that OSNotts promoted events can run. The health and well-being of artists & makers and the visiting public takes absolute precedence – and in line with government advice we must avoid all unnecessary social contact.

However, the good news is – we are looking to replace some of the physical events with some virtual events.

OSNotts 2020 - virtual eventsBringing artists into view’ is our mission statement and we want to continue to do that and try to contribute some positivity to the Nottinghamshire community at a particularly difficult time. There will be many people stuck at home and looking on-line for things to do – we can offer some engagement with visual arts in the form of:

  • lovely things to look at,
  • fun things to create,
  • creative conversations,
  • the building of relationships between artists and the public.

So, we are going to run a series of OSNotts 2020 Virtual Events – over the coming weeks (linked to the original event dates), we will post information about artists and their practices on our OSNotts website and on our social media channels and encourage you to engage virtually with the artists and their work. The information will include images and short videos of their studios, examples of their work, glimpses of artists & makers activities (as videos & worksheets – hopefully inspiring people to try things at home), plus engagement on social media.

More to follow ….

Meanwhile , a heartfelt wish to everyone to keep well, look out for yourselves, family, friends and neighbours – and keep washing  those hands!

Open Studios Notts is about providing opportunities to discover the work and practices of Notts-based artists & makers by inviting the wider community to visit and meet them – either in their working studios or at temporary venues every May/June.

DISCOVER ART & CRAFT IN YOUR COMMUNITY – In 2020, you can meet over 250 artists & makers at 75 venues around the County and City. These events are accompanied by three linked exhibitions (24 April – 4 June) – at Arnold & Beeston plus the Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre.

To find out what is on, see the listings on this website. In April you will also be able to pick up our printed events brochure from County and City libraries as well as other local outlets – digital version will also be available on this website.

The events over 6 weeks in May & early June are an opportunity to meet artists & makers and discover their work, often with demonstrations & other activities as part of the experience. Many offer refreshments or are near to one or more of Nottinghamshire’s wide range of café’s & pubs.

You can also view an Events Timeline.

There is FREE entry to most events – a few make a small charge to help cover costs or for charity.

Open Studios Notts and the groups running the events named in this brochure cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public visiting the studios. Members of the public do so entirely at their own risk. Children under 18 to be accompanied by an adult. Events are run by the groups/individuals named. All Information is correct at the time of going to press – Open Studios Notts will aim to post any variations that arise on the website. Otherwise, members of the public should contact the named groups/individuals for further information on any particular event. Please also note that cafes, pubs & restaurants named are not officially connected with Open Studios Notts but are highlighted purely for information.

We wish to thank Nottinghamshire County Council, Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, & Nottingham City Council for the ongoing support that has made this initiative possible.