Sheffield artists open up studios to public

Pictured is Laura lou Kennedy at work in her studio at Porter Brook Studios,Brown St,Sheffield

Pictured is Laura lou Kennedy at work in her studio at Porter Brook Studios,Brown St,Sheffield

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PAINTERS, sculptors and furniture makers are among Sheffield-based artists opening their studios to the public.

Yorkshire Artspace is giving people the chance to watch artists at work during its Open Studios from Friday, November 16, to Saturday, November 17.

The organisation rents out affordable studio space to working artists in four city premises – Persistence Works, Porter Brook Studios, Manor Oaks Studios and Knutton Road Studios.

A total of 66 people – from silversmiths and ceramicists to painters and graffiti artists – have signed up to take part in the event to showcase their work and get more people interested in art.

Designer-maker Laura Lou Kennedy, a specialist in textile jewellery and accessories, will invite members of the public to tour her space at Porter Brook.

The former Sheffield Hallam University student said: “I’m really looking forward to Open Studios, there’s always a real buzz and a fantastic atmosphere.

“It’s really nice to see all the artists mingling together and it’s great to get feedback from visitors about my work.”

Silver designer Charlotte Tollyfield, who has moved back to Sheffield, said: “It’s good just getting to talk to people, it’s quite nice when they come in and see what goes on in the studio.

“I put my sketch books out to show how I record my ideas.

“Yorkshire Artspace has helped me as I have progressed. I grew up in Sheffield then moved down south. I rented a studio space near Reading and it cost me three times as much as it does here. The saving means I can but more materials, it does make a huge difference.”

Artists and craftspeople will open their Sheffield studios on Friday from 5.30pm to 9pm and at participating studios on Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

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