99 artists set to take part in upcoming Wirral Open Studio Tour

Wirral’s largest free art event returns on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June as a record 99 artists prepare to take part in this year’s Wirral Open Studio Tour.

Now in its 14th year of celebrating visual arts across the peninsula, the tour sees artists and makers opening the doors to their homes or studios for one weekend each June.

The event gives visitors an exciting opportunity to meet artists and chat to them about their processes, as well as buy from them direct.

You’ll discover creatives working in a wide variety of disciplines, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, photography and woodworking.

With a choice of 53 studio venues to explore this year – from rural courtyard studios to homes with a sea view, converted back rooms, creative hubs and gallery spaces – you’re guaranteed to discover some hidden treasures.

“We’re very excited about this year’s event. With many new artists and new venues, it’s shaping up to be our best yet,” tour organiser and glass artist Helen Smith says. “We receive wonderful feedback each year from the thousands of visitors from across the North West who are inspired by the art trail. And we really love being able to help spread the word of the amazing talent we have here on the Wirral.”

All studios are open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, 8 June, and Sunday, 9 June, with a selection also open from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, 7 June.

To help you plan your arty weekend, a free colour brochure listing all the artists and venue locations can be downloaded from the wirralarts.com website. You’ll also find printed copies at galleries, cafes, community centres and libraries in the run-up to the event.

Image: Kim Harley Griffiths – Studio 37

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