A very warm welcome to INSIGHT 2018 which in our 30th year is being held in the prestigious Arlington Arts gallery. We are very grateful to Tony Trigwell Jones for allowing us to use this lovely space. 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 and twenty artists taking part in this year's Open Studios scheme.
The exhibition is curated by Paul Kessling, John Brazendale and Martin Eastabrook. The exhibition runs from 12th May to 3rd June. It is open daily, including weekends and Bank Holidays. Curator talks which deal with the process of curation and discuss particular works in the exhibition are being held in conjunction with Newbury Spring Festival. These are being held on Thursday 24th May at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Admission free.
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.
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.
- The Corn Exchange is once again hosting the Art in Music exhibition, a collaboration between Newbury Spring Festival and Open Studios. The exhibition is being curated by Sue Crook and Caroline Brown. Here, Open Studios artists have explored and interpreted their reactions to rehearsals and performances during Newbury Spring Festival 2017.
- The Cover to Cover 2018 sketchbook project, organised by Isabel Carmona, will be displayed at the West Berkshire Museum.
- West Berkshire Museum is also housing a group exhibition of Open Studios Artists curated by Chrys Healey.
- West Berkshire Community Hospital has a wide-ranging exhibition curated by Anne Jones.
- Newbury Library will be showing the Light and Colour exhibition curated by Helen Peake.
- In Basingstoke, The Willis Museum is hosting an exhibition by North Hampshire artists organised by Sharon Perris.
- At The Watermill Theatre, an exhibition of the sculpture of Johannes von Stumm has been curated by Gay Smith.
- At Donnington Grove and Shaw House, two new venues for Open Studios, Jim Crockatt has curated exhibitions of sculpture by most of our sculptors.
- Sandham Memorial Chapel hosts a display openstudios@Sandham curated by Kevin Akhurst which shows the work of many Open Studios artists.