Not long ago I went to the ‘Forbidden City’ in Beijing and was I in awe of the Royal Palaces.
But my soul was really touched by a small translucent porcelain bowl with the most exquisite abstract flower patterns. Nothing on it could be changed without destroying the delicate balance of colour, form and space.
It showed me that it is not always the big and obvious which impresses us most. We can discover great beauty in the modest and unassuming.
Big or small – be it vessel, jewel, painting or sculpture - Open Studios 2016 offers a huge variety of art. More than one hundred artists open their workshops to welcome YOU!
It can be the nervous brush-strokes showing a wind-swept landscape, which will move you, or it can be a gesture of a figurative sculpture which might represent your innermost feelings.
Have a look at our Open Studios Directory of Artists and come to the INSIGHT 2016 exhibition at New Greenham Arts where all the participating artists are represented.
Visit the studios of your favourite artists and visit the many satellite exhibitions to discover new ones.
Music and painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery - all presented in and around West Berkshire and North Hampshire this May will - most certainly - be a soul moving, life enriching experience!
Johannes von Stumm FRBS
President, Open Studios