So what is the West Studios Open Exhibition?

Advert calling out to local artists. Submission deadline has now passed.

Advert calling out to local artists. Submission deadline has now passed.

So what is the West Studios Annual Open Exhibition?

Each year, in the summer, West Studios calls out to the artists in the Chesterfield and surrounding areas. By allowing artists to submit up to three of their pieces, it creates a varied and fascinating glimpse into the talent that lies on our doorstep.

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Sometimes this talent can be something that has been hidden or undiscovered for years. By having a maximum of three pieces per artist, it eliminates the need to be massively prolific with an inventory of many, many pieces to choose from. Some artists don’t realise they’re artists until they see their work on the white walls of a gallery with exhibition tags stating its title. I’ve seen it inspire people to create more and boost their confidence. Some artists have been experiencing a creative block or a feeling of overwhelm. Some more experienced artists enjoy knowing that their work is reaching more people who can enjoy it and be moved by their images.

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Most of all, the Open Exhibition is accessible. Art can sometimes be given this lofty profile that puts it on an elitist pedestal. At the end of the day, if you can make a mark; on paper, clay, material, video, a computer; you have the capacity to be an artist. Art is communication from the soul and by allowing it the care, dedication and work to flow out of your mind into the real world you are allowing the enrichment of others; opening up conversation; creating a peaceful place; provoking a reaction; playing with colour; development of an idea.

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The Open Exhibition gives us another view of our area and the thoughts and experiences of the people who live here. Come and have a look for yourself. Could you be exhibiting on our Gallery walls next year?

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Lino Printing with Sombrero Printmaking

Dave from Sombrero Printmaking will be guiding you through the process of lino printing. He said participants of his workshop will be able to “design, carve and print a design (approximately 5x5 inches) which you'll be able to re-use afterwards. You'll be able to print it onto cards or paper at home.”

90 minute sessions £10:  10am-11.30am, 11.45am-1.15pm, 1.30pm-3.00pm.

Click here to book your place.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and tools used]

For details of other workshops available on the day, Click here

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Stop-motion Animation with Sparky Ink Studios

Jane from Sparky Ink Studio will be guiding mini-sessions for Under 9’s and Over 9’s who would like to learn the basics of stop-motion animation and editing. Jane from Sparky Ink Studios says…

Films will be published and promoted on our social media and YouTube channel. Participants can also have the MP4 copy if they bring in a usb memory stick or I can make it available for them to view online and copy to their own PC.

…how exciting is that?! You can share your animation with your friends and family.

Under 9’s: 45 minute session £7.50

  • 10.00am-10.45am (1 child), 11.15am-12.00pm (1 child), 12:30pm-1.15pm (1 child), 1.30pm-2.15pm (1 child)

Over 9’s: 1 hour session £12.00

  • 10.00am-11.00am (2 places available), 11.15am-12.15pm (2 places available), 12.30pm-1.30pm (2 places available), 1.30pm-2.30pm (2 places available)

Click here to book your place.

[Please Note: Adults responsible for the children attending must stay in West Studios whilst the workshop is running.]

For details of other workshops available on the day, Click here

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Writing with Ray Castleton

West Studio based playwright and actor Ray Castleton offers a writing workshop which shares a simple technique he uses to "get past the blank page" to write "history for performance". It is also a technique that can get you started on novels, short stories etc.

All you need to join in is a pen/pencil and a note book and bring the story of how your parents met, where and in what year.

One hour session: 11:15am - 12:15pm

Price: £5 - with all proceeds going to the Alzheimers Society.

Click here to book your place.

[Please note that this workshop is Aged 14+]

For details of other workshops available on the day, Click here

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Felt Wall Banners with Petitbooche

Make your very own summer themed felt pennant banner to brighten up your home. Choice of designs and both sewn and glued options available. Jonathan of Petitbooche says, “This workshop is suitable for both littles and bigs alike, but all littles must have a big with them!”

One hour sessions. 10am-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm, 2pm-3pm

Price:£10

Click here to book your place.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and equipment used}

For details of other workshops available on the day, Click here

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