Artists turn Norfolk into one giant gallery of art

Ros Dixon, administrator for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios at the preview exhibition, with Sp

Ros Dixon, administrator for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios at the preview exhibition, with Spiral - Ripple by Tessa Kirkpatrick. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Norfolk is being transformed into a giant gallery of art with artists galore opening up their studio doors to the public. Arts correspondent Emma Knights finds out more about this year's Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios.

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

From sculptors to painters to textile-makers - more than 500 artists across Norfolk are taking part in a 16-day celebration of art which starts today.

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios, which runs until June 11, is now in its 23rd year and throughout the next two weeks people will be able to enjoy visiting the array of artists taking part in more than 250 venues across the county.

The 16-day event traditionally attracts thousands of visitors each year with an estimated 28,000 people enjoying watching the artists at work in 2016.

The artists involved this year span the entire visual arts spectrum, including working in woodturning, sculpture, glass work, papercuts, painting, textiles, jewellery, printing, ceramics and mosaic.

Richard Roberts studies Trojan Horse or a Premonition of War by Tany Goddard at the Norfolk and Norw

Richard Roberts studies Trojan Horse or a Premonition of War by Tany Goddard at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant


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Ros Dixon, Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios administrator, said: 'Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios has been celebrating the diversity and talent of the county's visual artists for more than 20 years.

'It's a wonderful opportunity to see and meet artists in traditional studio spaces as well as garages, sheds and spare rooms.'

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As well as being able to meet the artists and see how and where they work, visitors can have fun following 17 art trails, meanwhile 13 schools are also taking part and holding exhibitions.

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios runs from May 27 until June 11. The studios - which are open 10am-5pm unless otherwise stated - are free to visit and the whole event is organised in partnership with Norfolk artists and in association with Wex Photographic.

A kestrel jug by Phil Arthur at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition.
PICTURE: De

A kestrel jug by Phil Arthur at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

For more information about all the artists taking part, visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Art Trails:

From Felbrigg to Thornage: trail covers Sheringham, Felbrigg, Thornage and Holt.

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Rush, the rushes and acorns head piece by Johanne Couldrey at the

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Rush, the rushes and acorns head piece by Johanne Couldrey at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Breckland Artists: Reymerston, Shipdham and Watton.

Cromer Art Trail: Cromer and surrounding villages.

Wells Art Trail: in and around Wells.

The Castle Acre Trail: Castle Acre, West Acre, Newton-by-Castle Acre.

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Hidden Treasures: Dereham, Scarning, Great Fransham, Worthing, Little Dunham.

Tittleshall and Whissonsett: around Tittleshall and Whissonsett.

Arts Quarter Trail: north Norwich.

Massingham Art Trail: Great Massingham.

Richard Roberts looks through Ascension by Thomas Joynes at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios pre

Richard Roberts looks through Ascension by Thomas Joynes at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Coast and Country Art Trail: Hopton on Sea, Fritton and St Olaves.

Golden Triangle Art Trail: around Unthank Road and Earlham Road in Norwich.

North Walsham to Southrepps Art Trail: North Walsham, Thorpe Market, Southrepps.

Acle, Cantley & Thorpe St Andrew Triangular Art Trail: Thorpe St Andrew, Postwick, Strumpshaw, Lingwood, Cantley & Acle.

Bindi Baby, acryllic on canvas, by Abbey Stirling at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview ex

Bindi Baby, acryllic on canvas, by Abbey Stirling at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Broadland Art Trail: Coltishall and Salhouse.

Reepham Art Trail: Reepham, Kerdiston, Swannington and Wood Dalling.

Rivers Thurne and Bure Art Trail: Ludham, Thurne, Oby, Acle and Upton.

Creative Art Trail (CAT): Houghton St Giles, near Walsingham and Binham.

For full trail details including trail maps, visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

Schools taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios: Forever Greens Home Education Group, in Angel Road, Norwich; Heather Avenue Infant School, Hellesdon; Lynn Grove Academy, Gorleston; Browick Road Primary School, Wymondham; Gayton Church of England Primary School, King's Lynn; Carleton Rode V.A. Primary, Carleton Rode; Acle Academy; Dereham Neatherd High School; Langley School; Dereham Sixth Form College; Northgate High School, Dereham; Chapel Break Infant School, Norwich; Nelson Academy, Downham Market.

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