Historic city shows off artistic side

Artist Chiu-i Wu  working on one of  her clay creatures at her home in York
Artist Chiu-i Wu working on one of her clay creatures at her home in York
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WITHIN YORK’S streets lies an array of artwork.

For two weekends in April, York Open Studios 2015, offers the chance to discover these creative riches. More than 90 artists, including painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewellers, photographers and furniture makers, are opening their studio doors and taking part.

It takes place today and tomorrow and on April 25 and 26 at a number of venues across the city.

Chiu-I Wu, who makes creatures out of clay and creates paintings and drawings at Manor Park Road, Rawcliffe, York, is among those taking part in the event.

A spokeswoman for York Open Studios said: “Every studio offers something a little different to surprise and delight; a painter’s fresh and exciting depiction of a well-loved local landscape; the chance to learn the secrets of technique from a master printmaker; young up-and-coming artists exhibiting for the first time; living rooms stuffed full of fascinating art-inspiring objects.

“At some venues, such as Rogues Atelier Studios on Fossgate or Bootham School Art Centre, several artists are exhibiting their work under one roof.”

The event offers visitors a chance to pop into artists’ studios with the help of a free event guide available from www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk.

This year there is also the chance to visit artists opening their studios for the first time this year, including Emily Stubbs’ brightly coloured ceramics and Helen Drye’s silver and glass jewellery inspired by natural forms.

There is also the opportunity to learn how printmaker Gerard Hobson creates his charming lino prints of birds and animals when he gives artist demonstrations at his studio during the event.