Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 June 2016, 11.00 – 16.00
Following last year’s highly successful event, Wirral once again throws open its studio
doors to summer, for its 7th annual Wirral Open Studios Tour (WOST). The tour which
takes place on June 11-12th, 2016 – 11am – 4pm will see professional and semiprofessional
artists and craftspersons exhibiting work spanning an array of interesting
With a superb bedrock of Wirral talent, the idea is that our exhibitors come together to
open their studios, workplaces, homes, sheds, summerhouses and exhibition spaces to
the public who can view their work and chat about the artistic practices and methods of
working. We hope the informal and relaxing setting of the studios will help visitors
understand our artists’ inspirations and creative techniques and share in their passion for
the creative arts.
With a spectacular artists’ response this year and more than 1500 people visiting from
across the North West in 2015, the tour which is continually growing in popularity and
reputation will see 50+ artists, photographers, printmakers, potters, painters, glass
designers, illustrators, textile artists and ceramists come together to celebrate this culturefilled weekend.
Artist and Wirral Open Studio Tour member, Amanda Oliphant, says: “Artists often work in
isolation and it is so refreshing to know that last year, visitors ventured from all over the
North West eagerly hoping to see as many studios as possible. Visitors are warmly
welcomed in, with artists sharing their spaces, in places that are not usually open to the
public. Chatting freely about the motivation behind their work, as well as discussing
techniques and approaches is such a great way for people to gain an insight into an artist’s
world and we hope this year’s Open Studio Tour will be as exciting and as successful as
During the lead-up there will be posters, leaflets and a brochure popping up in public
places such as; libraries, shops, galleries, cafés and bars. The brochure (which can also
be accessed online) has a fold-out easy-to-follow layout with trail maps and all the relevant
details visitors will need to access the studios. As all the work for sale, visitors will also
have the opportunity to take a way a piece of original art to treasure, if they choose.
You can access the website to find out about exhibiting artists via: www.wirralart.com.
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