Open Studios – timed visits July 4th and 5th


Yesterday there were two announcements made about BIG things in my calendar: Art in the Pen in Skipton was officially cancelled and replaced by a virtual event. And Hebden Bridge Open Studios was further postponed to become another virtual event in October. I quite understand the need for both, but still…

It’s all rather late notice, but I was thinking of marking the original weekend of Hebden Bridge Open Studios (which should’ve been this coming weekend (July 3rd, 4th and 5th). If you would like to visit my studio in Hebden Bridge on Saturday (4th July) or Sunday (5th July) then I will be making available 6 x ½ hour time slots available on each day. Those of you have visited before will know that my studio is not large, so I think a maximun of two (from a shared household or a bubble (you know the drill)) per slot. I’ll have plastic gloves so people can browse through prints and books etc, as well as hand sanitiser. I don’t have anything like the screens in place in most shops, so I will wear a mask if you would like me to. I have the facility for card payments. And I will give myself time between visitors to clean around. IF the weather turns out fine then I will do as much as I can in the courtyard. Visitors can come and go through the back, so there is no need to come through the house.

My studio will be much more of a working space than is usually seen at Open Studios. And I’d love to show you work I have been busy with during lock-down. I have here both the new paintings for “Toffee Town” (which will now be taking place in the Autumn at The Yorkshire Gallery in The Piece Hall), and all the paintings for my Nightingale project. The lovely Heart Gallery on Market Street, who stock a great range of my work, also re-opens July 4th and they are only a few minutes walk fro my house.

I will be having my annual plan chest clear out! Mini-printers proofs / seconds / small original works, etc will intially be available for the timed slot visitors, after which they will be available on line for 48 hours.

Please message me or email me if you would like to arrange a visit and I will try to work it all out so that it can all be safely managed.

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