So what do artists do all day? Well, York open Studios is giving visitors a chance to find out.
York Open Studios sees over 100 artists and makers at nearly 80 venues in and around York open the doors of their studios and workshops to visitors. It is a unique opportunity to meet the artists in their own creative spaces, to talk to them about their processes and to view and purchase work directly from them.
Many of the artists will be offering demonstrations so you can watch work being created in situ.
Phil Dodsworth is one of the artists taking part in York Open Studios for the first time and he gave us a sneak preview of his studio, located at Monks Cross and told us how much he is looking forward to exhibiting for the first time:
"The great thing about exhibiting from your own studio is people can see not only where you work, but also how you work and it gives visitors a better understanding of your creative processes. This all adds to the ‘story’ of a piece of art; the fact people know the artist and know the studio where the work was created all adds to the soul of the piece."
Via his involvement with the Arts charity Skippko Blank Canvas, Phil organised the festival of events that took place at the Old Fire Station between August and December last year and he was directly involved in creating the brilliant Halloween and Grottoland installations, as well as One&Other’s own magazine launch with several of York’s bands playing to a capacity crowd:
"I did a lot of installation works and facilitated a lot of events and exhibitions last year which was a fantastic experience, but it has been great to get back in the studio creating new work. A lot of the work I am exhibiting during York open Studios is new, so I look forward to seeing and hearing what people think of it. Also, I have tried to set up my studio to create a unique experience for visitors, using a mix of contemporary art, playful art and installation pieces."
York Open Studios concludes this weekend at the following times:
Sat 29th April 10am-6pm Sun 30th April 11am-5pm
See www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk for details on all of the artists and makers participating including an interactive map to easily find their venues.
Phil Dodsworth’s studio is located at Arabesque House, Monks Cross next to Argos, behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Free parking is available at the Argos and Sainsbury’s car parks.