Sheffield artists open up to allow public into their studios

Equestrian artist: Jane Lazenby.

Equestrian artist: Jane Lazenby.

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MORE than 100 artists are helping to show culture in Sheffield is alive and kicking by opening their studios to the public.

People can watch creative folk at work - producing everything from paintings and calligraphy to sculptures and glasswork as part of Open Up Sheffield.

The event aims to show how much art there is in the city despite funding cuts, affecting the Millenium Gallery for one.

Artist Sabine Little, who is on the event steering committee, said: “It started as a grassroots activity to support the arts in Sheffield and because we don’t get any funding.

“It’s to try to get people to understand how much culture and art there is around and how much variety there is.”

Open Up is in its 14th year and artists are spread from as far as Kexborough near Barnsley down to Coal Aston and Clowne, and from Bamford across to Rotherham.

Sabine, of Bolsterstone, near Stocksbridge, is on of the main three featured for her work as an award-winning glass artist.

In total, more than 150 artists are opening their work spaces to visitors, letting them try taster sessions, or arrange tuition.

She added: “This is definitely the most artists we’ve had in any one year which is great in the current climate. It shows art is alive and well.”

Open Up Sheffield is also featuring Broomhill-based landscape painter Simon Clements and Joe Dixon, working mainly in felting and silversmithing.

Potter Norman Cherry, weaver Jacqueline James and equestrian artist Jane Lazenby are taking part again this year.

The event takes place today, tomorrow and Monday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, from 11am to 5pm. Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield city centre, will be open all five days with a variety of artists.

Brochures and a map are available from libraries, the Millennium Galleries, and the Showroom cinema and Workstation in Sheffield city centre.

* For details visit www.openupsheffield.co.uk.

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