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Northants Open Studios: Your Gateway to Artistic Exploration

Northants Open Studios stands at the forefront of democratizing art and creativity, fostering a diverse and vibrant artistic community within Northamptonshire. We believe that art should be accessible to all, irrespective of age, skill level, or medium preference. Our platform welcomes a rich tapestry of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts, highlighting the myriad expressions of creativity that exist within our community.

Our central mission is twofold:

  • Empowering Artists: We cultivate a supportive network for artists, offering opportunities for growth, collaboration, and exposure. Whether through facilitating exhibition opportunities throughout the year or opening channels to connect with venues, collectors, and buyers, we provide the scaffolding for artists to flourish.
  • Engaging Communities: We work relentlessly to make art accessible, encouraging a broad spectrum of venues to host artistic endeavours. From historic churches to contemporary commercial galleries, we bring art into the heart of the community.

Our flagship event is the Northants Open Studios Visual Arts Festival, renowned as the largest of its kind within the county. Held every September, this festival turns the spotlight onto the artists and their creative process. Artists open the doors to their studios, welcoming the public into their creative sanctuaries. Here, visitors gain an unprecedented view into the inner workings of a pottery studio, the intricacies of stone carving, or the techniques employed in traditional crafts.

Complementing the studio tours, the festival also incorporates a Central Exhibition, showcasing a selection of each participating artist's work. Acting as a tangible brochure, this exhibition allows visitors to plan their studio visits based on their artistic interests.

To ensure broad reach and engagement, we distribute 10,000 festival brochures across Northamptonshire and beyond. These brochures, coupled with various venue-hosted exhibitions throughout September, serve to amplify the visibility of participating artists.

As a self-funded organisation, we rely on the generosity of venues and commercial sponsors within Northamptonshire. Their continued support empowers us to achieve our mission, making art accessible, promoting local artists, and nurturing an artistic community that thrives on diversity and mutual support.

Join us on this journey of artistic exploration and discover the myriad ways in which art continues to shape our lives and communities. Welcome to Northants Open Studios, where art comes to life.

Louise Brook

NATURA Exhibition


Date: 27/03/2024 - 18/06/2024 at 11:00-16:00

I am delighted to have had two pieces from my Biodiversity Collection selected for this prestigious exhibition in Kensington, London. The Exhibition is open until 18 June 2024 at Dāku, 100 Kensington High St, London W8 4SG. ART from HEART proudly presents NATURA, a multimedia group art exhibition C (See information on event)

Date: 28/03/2024 - 25/04/2024 at 10:00-16:00

This exhibition is being held at the Rose Paterson Gallery, Western Park, Western-Under-Lizard, Shifnal TF11 8LE I am also a member of the Association of animal artists and support animal charities through showing my work. (See information on event)

Shani Wray-Jenkins



Date: 02/04/2024 - 30/04/2024 at 10:00-17:00

In the presence of trees - is a two artist exhibition showing in the anti room gallery at Stamford Arts Centre. It is open Monday to Saturday during the month of April and all paintings on show are for sale. (See information on event)

Date: 02/04/2024 - 27/04/2024 at 10:00-17:00

Joint Exhibition with Shani Wray-Williams. The exhibition will be under the theme of In the Presence of Trees. There will be a fantastic variety of mediums, colours and techniques used to give the viewer a sense of being within the strength of trees. (See information on event)

Katie Boyce

Inspired by Lamport


Date: 03/04/2024 - 22/08/2024 at 10:00-15:00

Art Exhibition featuring works by artists from NROS who are inspired by Lamport Hall and its grounds. Artists include; Emma Saul, Debbie James, Sally Pennycate, Claire Mycock, Samantha Brockway, Angela Stanbridge, Gemma Hollis, Katy Dynes, Alyssa Robinson, Iryna Kohut, Alexandra Carpenter, Niall McC (See information on event)

Date: 22/04/2024 - 11/05/2024 at 10:00-16:00

This is the annual Spring Exhibition where members of the WVAS come together to deliver a fabulous array of original art and sculpture, on show in the main gallery at the Stamford Arts Centre. It is free for members of the public... but if you would like to join me for the Private View Evening, plea (See information on event)

Date: 22/04/2024 - 11/05/2024 at 10:00-17:00

My oil paintings (See information on event)

Deirdre Blackburn

WVAS Spring Exhibition


Date: 22/04/2024 - 11/05/2024 at 10:00-17:00

An exhibition held at the Stamford Arts Centre by members of the Welland Valley Art Society. A wonderful opportunity to see large exhibition created by local artists. (See information on event)

Mick Stump

Gallery Stamford


Date: 22/04/2024 - 25/05/2024 at 09:00-17:00

This is my first exhibition in Stamford since moving to Rutland two years ago. The beautiful environment has inspired a change in my subject matter and this exhibition shows all my new work together. preview Saturday 27 April 2024 5 - 7pm (See information on event)

Date: 27/04/2024 - 27/04/2024 at 10:00-16:00

This painting workshop is an ideal introduction to landscape painting in oil paints. A landscape painting will be produced, with attention to perspective, tonal values, colour mixing and application of colours to create a realistic image. Working from a reference photograph and a step by step proces (See information on event)

Date: 27/04/2024 - 27/04/2024 at 10:30-13:00

Join botanical artist and illustrator, Sophie Smith, for a beginner workshop exploring the basics of botanical illustration. Working ‘in the field’ you will have the opportunity to study wild plants in their natural habitat and record findings in a sketchbook. No drawing experience necessary (See information on event)

Charlie Callisto

Boughton House


Date: 03/05/2024 - 06/02/2024 at 13:00-17:00

This is a small pop up exhibition of a few artists from the open studio :). The artwork will be in the Coach House and Tea Room of Boughton House. (See information on event)

Date: 04/05/2024 - 04/05/2024 at 10:00-15:00

Join local artist Katy Dynes to create your own characters and write your own comic book style short story! Plus visit the art gallery and pick up your FREE comic. There are 3 workshop times: 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Each workshop lasts an hour. Workshop suitable for ages 8+. £4 per child. Childre (See information on event)

Date: 09/05/2024 - 12/05/2024 at 10:00-16:00

Secret Garden Pop Up Shop featuring the work of Eve Marshall and Ella Jenkins in the studio at Barnsdale Gardens. The room will be full of brand new framed artwork, upholstered chairs and stools, printed cushions, cards and gifts. We look forward to welcoming you to the studio. The pop up shop will (See information on event)

Date: 10/05/2024 - 12/05/2024 at 10:00-16:00

My art work (See information on event)

Date: 12/05/2024 - 12/05/2024 at 10:00-16:00

I will be selling ceramics at Ceramics in Charnwood, Loughborough, on Sunday 12th May 2024 (See information on event)

Katie Boyce

Life Drawing


Date: 16/05/2024 - 16/05/2024 at 18:00-20:00

Enhance your abilities in observation, proportion, and form through a life drawing session featuring a nude model. Experience the soothing advantages of this self-guided session with easels available on a first come first served basis. Complimentary Tea and coffee provided. Third Thursday of each mo (See information on event)

Nic Bassinder

Lino Print Workshop


Date: 17/05/2024 - 17/05/2024 at 19:00-21:00

Suitable for beginners or experienced crafters, this workshop will allow you to create and print your own designs by carving them from lino. We will print the images in black block printing ink, however you are free to experiment with coloured printing ink or acrylic paints when you get your new des (See information on event)

Date: 18/05/2024 - 19/05/2024 at 10:00-16:00

Collage and Mixed Media 2-day workshop at Yardley Arts Centre. If you want to learn more about using collage alongside other mixed media in your work then this weekend course will set you on the right track and open up a new creative avenue. We will experiment with a rich variety of materials to mak (See information on event)