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Artists prepare to put on a show

IMPORTANT: Gail Bushell said the event was a great way to showcase the areas growing artistic talent.

IMPORTANT: Gail Bushell said the event was a great way to showcase the areas growing artistic talent.

Sudbury artists will throw open their doors to the pubic next month as part of the returning Suffolk Open Studios event.

A number of workshops will be free to enter, allowing visitors and art lovers the chance to view a variety of work from around the area.

“This is a great opportunity for people to meet artists and ask them questions about their choice of medium,” said Suffolk Open Studios chairman Tom Lund-Lack.

“The whole point is that artists want people to come to visit them – artists welcome the chance to share their work with a wider audience.

“Visitors are encouraged to make a day of it, plan a route to visit a range of studios and a local pub or café for lunch. It’s a fun day out, and an opportunity to learn something new.”

Gail Bushell, a glass maker from Long Melford, is taking part in the event for the third time.

“It’s hugely important,” she said. “It means that people know that we are here and that this is what we do.”

Mrs Bushell, who runs regular glass workshops, said the event was vital as lots of artists work from home.

With tourist-reliant villages such as Lavenham and Long Melford close by, Mrs Bushell said Sudbury and the surrounding area was a great location for artists, with a growing art scene.

“This is just about making people aware that we are here and about showcasing our art,” she said.

Mr Lund-Lack added: “There’s no pressure to buy, though many artists will have items available for sale or to commission if requested.

“Please don’t be embarrassed to walk out of a studio with nothing but something to remember.”

The event runs on weekends throughout June. Go to www.suffolkopenstudios.org to find out more.

 

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