Discover Hurst's hidden arts & crafts - Hurstpierpoint Open Studios

By Emily Volkert
With over 20 local artists showcasing a range of contemporary and traditional arts and crafts, the Hurstpierpoint Open Studios will once again be hosting its annual event, welcoming the public to view exhibitions and take a peek inside the artist’s workspace. Spread out over two weekends, starting 12th-13th September and concluding 19th-20th September, visitors can expect to take a walk through ‘a magical trail of local art’ spanning across 18 different venues throughout the village.
     Often found in an old garage or the back room of a house, strewn with colour swatches, unfinished canvasses and inspirational artefacts; an artist’s workplace can really give people an insight into the creative process and the creative mind. The Open Studios experience offers up a unique opportunity to take a ‘behind the scenes tour’, whilst you absorb yourself in the plethora of local talent on our doorstep. Folk will not only have the chance to view and purchase art but will be able to meet the artists themselves and even discuss commissioning individual pieces.
     Running into its 12th year, the event was first set up by local sculptor and painter Mike Cheetham, also an exhibitor, who was inspired by the Brighton Open Studios. “It was after visiting the Brighton Open Studios that I thought, ‘what a good idea for Hurstpierpoint’,” explains Mike. “I discovered that many other people shared the same view, so I got a group together, which was initially seven and it’s gone from there.”
     With a growing audience and an impressive artist line up, it’s evident that Mike and his band of supporters were indeed on to a good thing. There’s going to be a pre-event taster happening 10th August - 7th September, so keep an eye out for some of the artists’ work in various shops around the village. I was lucky enough to catch an exclusive glimpse of what’s to come and meet some of this year’s contributors at the home of veteran HOS exhibitor and event co-organiser Sylvia Thornhill. 

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