A very warm welcome to INSIGHT 2017 which is again hosted in the prestigious New Greenham Arts gallery. We feel this is where you should start your Open Studios adventure. It is our flagship exhibition and is a wide-ranging, exciting display of the work of over a hundred artists taking part in this year's Open Studios scheme.
The exhibition is curated by John Brazendale and Martin Eastabrook, who are joined this year by Anne Jones. The exhibition runs from 29th April to 21st May. It is open daily, including weekends and Bank Holidays.
INSIGHT provides you with a taster to help you choose the artists you would like to visit, giving you an initial 'insight' into their work. You can meet painters, ceramicists, sculptors, jewellers, printmakers, textile artists, photographers and artists who work in wood, metal, glass, stone and digital media.
If you are hesitant about visiting INSIGHT, you can be sure of a warm welcome from the stewards on duty. They are participating artists who can help you engage with the exhibition, answer your questions and can help should you wish to make a purchase.
As well as INSIGHT, you will find the resident artists of Studio 8 in the New Greenham Arts Centre. They will be ready to discuss their ideas, processes and work with you.
We have suggested to our artists that they might like to produce 'Art Trails', showing the location of artists whose studios are near one another. You can, of course, make up your own Art Trail from our map.
As well as INSIGHT, Open Studios has some excellent satellite exhibitions throughout the region.
1. The Corn Exchange is hosting the Art in Music exhibition, a collaboration between Newbury Spring Festival and Open Studios. Here, OS artists have explored and interpreted their reactions to rehearsals and performances during NSF 2016.
2. The Cover to Cover 2017 sketchbook project, organised by Isabel Carmona, will be displayed at the West Berkshire Museum.
3. Arlington Arts has a solo exhibition of Nick Schlee's paintings.
4. West Berkshire Community Hospital has a wide-ranging exhibition curated by Anne Jones entitled Aspects of the Land.
5. Newbury Library will be showing the Light and Colour exhibition curated by Ben Honisett.
6. In Basingstoke, The Willis Museum is hosting an exhibition by North Hampshire artists organised by Amanda Bates.
7. In Reading, The Turbine House gallery at Blake’s Lock is hosting an exhibition of OS artists entitled Here! Here!
8. At the New Greenham Tandoori, Helen Peake and Anne Jones have curated recent works by Jane Vaidya in an exhibition called Yin and Yang in the Garden.
9. At Donnington Grove and Shaw House, two new venues for Open Studios, Jim Crockatt is curating exhibitions of sculpture by most of our sculptors.
10. SSandham Memorial Chapel hosts a display openstudios@Sandham curated by Anne Jones which shows the work of many OS artists.
Chair, Open Studios WBNH