Calling all young art enthusiasts to INSIGHT 2018

12 May to 3 June 2018

2018 is a special year for Open Studios in West Berkshire and North Hampshire as they are celebrating 30 Years!

Their annual group exhibition, INSIGHT 2018 will be on show at Arlington Arts Centre from 12 May to 3 June. This art festival likes to engage with youngsters and encourage them to enjoy the visual arts from an early age. Come and see it!

The current team at Open Studios education officer, Diana Pattenden, talks, as a mum herself, about the great opportunity of having this rich visual show at our doorstep without having to travel far. She is enthusiastic about renewing and invigorating children’s participation in the arts. Diana, a sculptor in clay and bronze, has taken part of Open Studios since 2008; she has been part of the Open Studios volunteer team for three years and wants to put out a call out for teachers and parents to bring children to visit INSIGHT 2018. A trail sheet with activities will be available for anyone visiting INSIGHT 2018 with children, just ask the artist stewarding the exhibition for your copy.

The exhibition showcases a great variety of visual arts (from sculpture, painting, ceramics, millinery, basket weaving, textile art, glass, mosaic, installation art, jewellery, woodworking) and it is the perfect introduction to choose favourite artists to visit at their local studios. Diana reminisces of coming back to Newbury in the early 90s and cycling around the artists’ studios that May – what a great day out!

In addition, schools have the opportunity to book a making activity with Diana (on either the 16th or 23rd of May) for children to make their response to what they have seen out of clay. If interested, they need to get in touch with Diana on

Finally, for all the family during half term there will be Family Art morning run by artist Sarah Moorcroft at Arlington Arts on the Wednesday 30th May. For details about how to book your free place look up the Facebook page of Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire or follow us in Twitter, @OS_WBNH

Open Studios and Education.
West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios was set up by the late Pat Eastop set up in 1988 to bring the work of local artists close to the public. Close to Pat’s heart was education and the involvement of artists in schools.

Alongside Open Studios she conceived projects that brought together various visual artists with school children and sometimes performers, to experience creativity and share the processes artists go through whilst creating their works.

Examples of these art residencies include photographers Paul Forsey and Anna Cady working with the Down School at Sheepdrove Organic Farm in 2007, Johannes von Stumm working with dancer Keira Martin and actor Jon Spooner at the Corn Exchange in 2008 and silk painter Sarah Moorcroft and theatre artist Tim Godwin working at Basildon Park in 2009 with a final presentation of the work done with young people at Arlington Arts.

Open Studios Adult workshops
Five low cost adult art workshops will take place throughout May as part of the 2018 Open Studios. They include Mosaic making with Dorothy Collard, Papier Mache with Hilary Arnold-Baker, Urban Sketching People Drawing with Isabel Carmona, Ceramics with Lone Hudson and Calligraphy Brush painting with Caroline Brown.

For further information and to register your interest on one of the places available (the conditions are that only one workshop per person is in offer), look up the website:


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