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Open Up Sheffield: Artists open their doors to the public in May

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Springtime is well and truly upon us, and with it comes news of exciting events to encourage you out of hibernation and back into the swing of things. Sheffield is renowned for its thriving local art scene and we're incredibly fortunate that our good city is home to Open Up Sheffield, one of the largest and most successful open studio events outside of London.

It's a particularly special one for Open Up because the volunteer-run platform will be celebrating their 21st year. The dates for your diary are Saturday 4 May - Monday 6 May and Saturday 11 May - Sunday 12 May, during which time artists and craftspeople from across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire will open their studio doors and invite you in. It's a fantastic opportunity to see work in progress, ask questions about materials and processes, treat yourself to some beautiful artwork or even commission a bespoke piece.

While the majority of the open studios are in Sheffield, you'll also be able to visit artists in locations that are slightly further afield, including Barnsley, Barlow and Hathersage. Admission to the annual showcase is free and everyone's welcome, including little ones. The event will feature over 100 artists and art groups working in a vast range of mediums, including watercolour, oil and acrylic paints, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, photography, print and mixed media.

Kelham Island Arts Collective, This Painting Malarkey and Butcher Works Studio will be amongst the art groups taking part, while the artists who'll be opening their doors will include abstract expressionist Miranda Trojanowska, jewellery maker Annette Petch, and Cupola Gallery's Karen Sherwood.

You can find full details of all studio openings on Open Up Sheffield's website here.

Image credits - 1: Cath Dunn, 2: Bryan Munsey, 3: Annette Petch, 4: Alfreda Reynolds, 5: Keith Nichols, 6: Emma Pearson, 7: Lizzy Alageswaran, 8: Miranda Trojanowska, 9: Lizzy Alageswaran.

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