During the month of May several hundred artists across Berkshire and Hampshire open their studios and exhibitions free of charge as part of Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire. This coincides with the showcase exhibition INSIGHT at the Base in Greenham Common.

Acorn Open Studios is a new venture in 2024 where eight artists, all based to the east of Reading, have joined together to invite you into their creative space. You can see work in progress alongside finished pieces. There will be sketch books and experiments, as well as tried and tested processes on show.

Berkshire is home to many ancient and venerable oak trees. They pepper the landscape and form the backdrop to the countryside. Each of these oaks, some over 1000 year old, of course grew from a tiny acorn. The founding artists of Acorn Open Studios hope that over the years, the Open Studios will thrive and become part of the artistic landscape of Berkshire.

What makes an Open Studio different to the well-established art trails (Whiteknights, Caversham, Henley and Wokingham all spring to mind)? Rather than showing finished work in a group or gallery setting, you are invited right into the heart of the creative process. The studio is where ideas are conceived, where new ways of working germinate and where hours of hard work come to fruition. You can access the studio which is normally the artist’s own private workspace. Open studios offer an unusual insight into the places and the ways in which artists work.

Each artist is happy to talk about their process with visitors. They want to make entering any art space a comfortable experience, to encourage and promote accessibility to art and artists. Works are normally for sale but there is no obligation to buy, the focus is on enjoying your visit.

All artists have been accredited by OSWBNH before they can take part. To find out more about Open Studios West Berkshire North Hampshire please visit: https://www.open-studios.org.uk

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