Rutland artists move their work to Stamford

Rutland Open Studios EMN-150526-152029001
Rutland Open Studios EMN-150526-152029001

Artists from the popular Rutland Open Studios are set to exhibit in Stamford for the first time.

For the first two weeks of September, from today, the Stamford Art Centre will play host to work by 35 Rutland artists.

A variety of different media will be on display from today until Wednesday, September 16, including paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, glass and textiles.

This is the first time the Rutland Open Studios have exhibited in Stamford and members are looking forward to welcoming visitors who may have seen their work during their popular annual event, as well as new people who may never have heard of the group.

This year marked the ninth event for the Open Studios, which was started in 2007 by husband and wife couple Roy Holley, a painter, and Mo Gardner, a 
sculptor.

The open studios, which sees the artists open their galleries and studios - many of which are based in their homes - during every weekend during June.

The couple were inspired to start the event after querying with a local gallery when the open studios took place in Rutland and were met with the response: “What open studios?”

The event has seen a wonderful response in a diverse range of disciplines and for the last three years, have been started with a Art in the Making festival weekend, which also showcases local musicians.

Ever striving to find new ways to involve the Rutland artists, Mo decided to hold a joint exhibition and the gallery at Stamford Arts Centre seemed like an obvious venue.

Mo said: “Around 35 artists have chosen to take part, and this means their work will be able to be seen in some depth.

“Rutland Open Studios Artists hope that many visitors will enjoy what they have to offer.”

More information on the group is available by visiting www.rutlandopenstudios.com.

The exhibition, which had a private preview night, last night, is open every day between 10am and 5pm at the arts centre in St Mary’s Street, Stamford.