Cambridge Open Studios takes place every year in July with an aim to promote the making of original works of art and craft and to provide an opportunity for the public to become involved in the arts by meeting artists in their studios, seeing their work and how it is produced.
With a huge variety of artists involved this year, there is almost too much to choose from. Groups of artists have come together to form art trails that allow you to set out on a path that will help you to make the most of your weekends.
To make life even easier, Cambridge Open Studios have also launched an App this year. Available on Apple and Android phones, it segments the artists (over 350 of them!) into discipline and location and also includes a full alphabetised list. You can browse the list, which includes images of artwork, and save your favourites to help plan your visits.
The event is one of the oldest open studios in the country. It began in the 1960s when a small group of artists invited local people to visit their studios and see how their art was produced, as part of a movement to demystify arts and make them available to everyone.
Cambridge Open Studios is a free event for all ages. There is no pressure to purchase anything, and with a goal to promote the public’s involvement, interactivity is encouraged. The opportunity to ask local artists about their work and practices in person is not to be missed. Along with Cambridge Sculpture Trails and Sculpture in the Close at Jesus College, there is an abundance of arts and culture to experience in Cambridge this Summer. There is no excuse not to get involved!
Cambridge Open Studios takes place each year over the first four weekends in July. This year, the open studios will run from the 1st until the 23rd of July. Studios are open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 6pm.