ARTISTS and creatives alike are being urged to sign up for this year’s Worcestershire Open Competition.
The event at Worcestershire Open Studios, now in its sixth year, plays hosts to artists around the county and is set to take place across the bank holiday weekend from August 28 to 31.
Providing a place for art lovers to congregate and demonstrate how their work is made, local artists have been afforded the opportunity to share and sell their pieces at the Open Studios ever since its inaugural year in 2015.
This year’s deadline falls on Monday, April 20, although places are available on a first come, first served basis with record numbers expected this time around.
Over 180 artists participated in 2019’s edition with creatives in photography, ceramics, fine and abstract art, woodwork, illustration, pottery and textiles in attendance.
Trudi Froggo, a Malvern artist who is set to return for her sixth year, admitted her fears of recreating her work in front of her peers were immediately allayed in the very first event.
“I was initially paralysed with fear at the thought of doing it,” she said.
“All the events have been absolutely brilliant and I have since had exhibitions as a result of taking part.”
Co-organiser of the competition, Sally Morgan, says interest in this year’s edition has been brewing for a number of months and is keen for interested participants to get in touch as soon as possible.
“We’ve had a lot of enquiries from artists since the last Worcestershire Open Studios and now that entries are open for this year’s event, we’re expecting a lot of interest,” she said.
“Get in touch if you want to know more about participating and if you are keen to take part, I’d encourage you not to leave it until the last minute to register.”
Head to www.worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk to sign up and to find out more information.