Artists throw open their studios to the public

Illuminations by Phillip Oakley
Illuminations by Phillip Oakley

AS part of the month-long Coastal Currents festival, over the coming two weekends, artists and makers will be inviting the public into their studios.

Around 150 artists will be taking part this year, which makes it the biggest open studio event to date.

Studios will be open this weekend, September 3 and 4, and September 10 and 11. Artists from across the area will be taking part, from Battle and Bexhill, and from west St Leonards all the way across to Rye, taking in St Leonards, Hastings, Fairlight, Camber, Winchelsea, and Pett Level.

Festival organiser Lorna Crabbe said: “Open studios is always one of the most popular events, and this year many old favourites will be re-opening their doors, as well as a number of new artists and venues.”

Artists and makers are showing work in their studios, houses, gardens and beach huts which includes: painting, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, illustration, sculpture, books, textiles, metalwork, photography, and pottery. Some of those taking part this year are Philip Oakley, with his creations of decorative lighting, at The Admiral Benbow, 2 London Road, St Leonards, Incurva Studios and The Work Ship, housed in a converted metalwork factory, in 9-10 West Street, Shahriar Mazandi, photographer and owner of The Cloudesley, 7 Cloudesley Road, and Felicity Truscott and Victoria Albuquerque, who are encouraging visitors to their studio at Kerry’s on the Marina, in Bexhill, with an art trail.

Lorna said: “This year we were very lucky to work with Becky Fletcher who we brought in as open studios co-ordinator. We’re also indebted to Roost which has sponsored open studios for years, now- its distinctive blue and yellow boards mark participating locations. We hope people will enjoy following the open studio trail, and will discover a broad range of art works and the chance to speak to artists and makers in person to view, buy or commission work.” The full listings are available in the Coastal Currents brochure, and online at Studios are open 11am to 6pm unless otherwise stated.