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Plotting a course at Open Up

Sheffield's favourite open studio event starts in less than two weeks. With free access to artists' studios, now is the perfect time to plan where you’re going and which artists and makers you want to make a bee-line for.

Katherine Rhodes
Katherine Rhodes, Walkley
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To get clued up on who’s taking part in Open Up 2023 and where the studios are located, you can pick up a printed brochure from a local outlet across the city or head to their website to download the digital version. You’ll also find a more detailed rundown of who’s involved by checking out the Artists & Makers section, along with a list of artists who have more accessible studios.

Such is the diverse nature of Open Up that a whole host of artforms will be represented during the festival, from ceramics, glass and mixed media to woodwork, printmaking and jewellery. Some of the artists offer tuition and all will be happy to give advice on techniques and where to get materials, if you’re looking to take up a new hobby or further an existing one.

Reflecting on his long experience of taking part in Open Up, artist Stephen Todd said:

I've always immensely enjoyed meeting and welcoming visitors, sharing my enthusiasm, hearing people's comments and having conversations about my painting. It's an essential part of being an artist, part of showing that you're there and serious about what you do.

There are clusters of participating studios all over the city, including in Crookes, Fulwood, Bents Green and Sharrow. They’re all totally free to visit with no booking required, so you can spend as long as you like chatting to the makers and enjoying their artwork. If you get peckish between studios, our glorious city is home to an abundance of eateries and cafes. We’d recommend The Grind Cafe in Kelham, Aesthete in Walkley and The Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park.

Happy route planning!

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Open Up takes place in many different studios, so accessibility information is not available. Artists can be contacted individually if you have questions about disabled access. These artists have identified their studios as “more accessible”.

Open Up runs on Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May, and Saturday 6 May to Sunday 7 May. Studio opening times are between 11am and 5pm.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)

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