Sheffield artists’ join forces to showcase their work

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Opening up their studios to the public are a group of Sheffield artists this weekend.

These stunning artworks have been created by a group of Sheffield artists who are opening up their studios this weekend.

Showcasing genres including stonework, woodwork and metalwork, there will be a number of venues to visit and artlovers will be able to view an astonishing array of quality, creative work in every style and medium imaginable.

Among those taking part is Andrew Vickers, aged 50, who is known as Stoneface and will be opening his work space at Storrs Wood in the Loxley Valley.

The stone carver explained: “It’s all part of the Open Up Sheffield event when artists’ open up their studios or work spaces to the public over two weekends.

“There will be two other sculptors joining me, exhibiting and demonstrating. Jason Heppenstall, who makes things from reycled metal, will be creating a dragon with a five metre wing span which will sit on an old shed here.

“Kyya Mayo-Morroll carves tree stumps.

“I’ve done this for the past two or three years and this year it is more visitor friendly and we are hoping to get a lot of people interested.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful woodland setting, there are ducks on the pond, masses of bluebells and loads of sculptures.

“It’s a nice family day out and it’s free.”

Tree stump artist Kyya Mayo-Morroll said: “I am a professional arborist and have been wood carving for around three years.

“I found I had an interest in wood and its varying properties soon after starting my job.

“I make a diverse selection of products, from bespoke eating spoons to large sculptural carvings for the garden.

“All the wood I use is cut and selected by my own hand. I believe it is a waste to burn all the wood we cut up and I get a real thrill out of seeing a piece progress from tree to finished product.”

The open weekends are on Saturday, May 2 to Monday, May 4, and Saturday May 9 to Sunday May 10 from 11am-5pm.

A spokesman for Open Up Sheffield said: “Since 1998 this annual event has grown in popularity and now attracts thousands of visits to local artist’s studios.”See See www.openupsheffield.co.uk for a map and details about the artists.