Events & demonstrations

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios offers a host of opportunites to not only view, buy and commission fabulous pieces of art and craft, but also to learn more about the creative process. Why not have a go at creating your own masterpiece at some of the special events taking palce this year? All events and demonstrations listed are organised by Open Studios artists and are open to everybody. Please check to see if booking is advisable and whether there is a charge to attend. If in any doubt or you would like more information, contact the artist to find out more.

Berni Marfleet

North Walsham to Southrepps Trail Taster

North Norfolk  

Opening: Tue 8 May - Mon 11 June (check online for venue opening times)

Description: A showcase of the work of artists participating in the North Walsham to Southrepps Art Trail. Sculpture, painting, textiles, fused glass and much more!

This event is free to attend

Venue: North Walsham Library and The Vernon Arms, Southrepps

Contact: Berni Marfleet - bernimarfleet@hotmail.com , 01692 403984, 07979 372737

Brigitte Anne Hague

Sale of older work, Secondhand Art Books, Old Art Magazines & Unwanted Materials

Broadland & Great Yarmouth  

Opening: Each day the Studio is open (see artist listing for opening times)

Description: Sale of older work, secondhand art books and unwanted materials following a 'tidy up' and rationalisation. More space needed in the studio!

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's Studio - 44 Station Road, Salhouse, Norwich NR13 6NY

designermakers21

Just Make

South Norfolk  

Opening: Each day the Studio is open (see artist listing for opening times)

Description: An evolving exhibition of recent work by textile group 'Seamless Textiles' Artists will add work during the run.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Exhibition Area at DesignerMakers21, 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB

Contact: Janine Oxley - oxleyjanine@gmail.com

Brigitte Anne Hague

Basic Silkscreen Printing Demonstrations

Norwich  

Opening: Each day studio is open, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Description: Basic silkscreen printing methods will be explained and demonstrated, along with stencil making and ink mixing.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's Studio - 44 Station Road, Salhouse, Norwich NR13 6NY

Contact: 01603 721248

Melanie Venes

Textiles in Action

West Norfolk & King's Lynn  

Opening: Sat 26 - Sun 27 May: 10am - 4pm

Description: Demonstrations of textile techniques: weave, stitch, lace, knit etc with exhibition of inspirational original designs.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Thornam Village Hall, High Street, Thornham, PE36 6LX

Contact: www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk, 01485 512315, melanie@twill-knot.co.uk

Andrea Young

Pottery Demonstrations

South Norfolk  

Opening: Each day the Studio is open (see artist listing for opening dates) 10am - 5pm

Description: Wheel - thrown forms and decorative techniques will be demonstrated.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's Studio - 2 Broom Road, Wattlefield, Wymondham, NR18 9LB

Contact: 01953 788816

Rebecca Thompson (Wilds Glass)

Daily fused glass demonstrations and short taster classes

North Norfolk  

Opening: Demonstrations throughout each day and taster lessons held daily at 1pm (see artist listing for opening dates)

Description: Why not have a go at fused glass while you visit the studio? Make a small decorative fused glass panel for just £7 on the day! Please note that all work must be kiln fired and collected at a later date.

Cost: Demonstrations free, Taster classes £7 pp

Venue: Artist's studio - Wild' Cottage, Cromer Road, Antingham, North Walsham, NR28 0NJ

Contact: Rebecca Thompson - becky@wildsglass.co.uk, 01692 409736

Yvonne Autie

Demonstrating Machine Embroidery

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 26 May - Sun 10 June, all day

Description: Using a 40 year old sewing machine for construction and free machining with varied fabrics.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Derwent House, 24 Church St., North Creake, NR21 9AD

Contact: Yvonne Autie - 07771 920295

Sandra Rowney

Bring & Buy Charity Café

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 26, Sun 27, Mon 28 May, Sat 2, Sun 3 June, Sat 9, Sun 10 June, 10am - 5pm

Description: Visitors are invited to take part in the 'Bring & Buy Charity Café' in the large welcoming studio kitchen.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's studio kitchen - Caxtonian, Brimbelow Road, Hoveton, NR12 8UJ

Contact: Sandra Rowney - 077240 51872

Bev Broadhead

Artist Talk

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 26 May, Sat 9 June: 2pm - 3pm

Description: Bev will be talking about her residency at the Radar Museum and on the collaborative process in making art.

Cost: Normal Museum admission charges apply.

Booking required

Venue: The RAF Radar Museum, Horning, Norfolk, NR12 8YB

Contact: Bev Broadhead - 01692 631485

Cantley Studio

Obvara, Smoke and Raku firing

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 26, Sun 26 May, Sat 2, Sun 3, Sat 9, Sun 10 June: 2pm

Description: Demonstrtions of obvara, smoke and raku firing in the garden. Please note this is weather dependent.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Group's studio - 46 Church Road, Cantley, NR13 3SN

Contact: Nicki Darrell - 01493 701525

Gillian Marklew

Open Garden

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 26, Sun 27 May, Sat 9, Sun10 June

Description: Gilly's studio sits in lovely gardens and visitors are welcome to wander around and enjoy refreshments. There is ample parking on site.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's studio

Contact: gill@gilly-marklew.co.uk, 01508 499070

Heather Riley

Silk Painting Workshop

Norwich  

Opening: Sun 27 May, Sat 9 June: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Description: Demonstration of silk painting techniques. Choose to silk paint a scarf, a wall hanging or a cushion cover. All materials provided. Level 1

Cost: £25

Booking required

Venue: Artists' studio - Studio 10, Muspole Workshops, Norwich, NR3 1DJ

Contact: Emma.debarge@talk21.com

Jan Dingle

Plein air painting at Thurne Mouth Open Regatta

Broadland & Great Yarmouth  

Opening: Sun 27 May

Description: During the main day of the regatta Jan's studio is normally shut. She will be found near the marquee plein air painting the racing yachts

This event is free to attend

Venue: Thurne Mouth Open Regatta

Contact: Jan Dingle - 07391 449113

Gillian Marklew

Watercolour Taster Workshop

South Norfolk  

Opening: Sun 27 May & Sun 10 June: 12pm - 1pm

Description: This is a Watercolour taster workshop for anyone interested in learning how to paint, all materials provided. Gilly runs regular painting courses and workshops, so there is the opportunity to join a class if you wish.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Grove Farm House, Lundy Green, Hempnell, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 2NU

Contact: gill@gilly-marklew.co.uk, 01508 499070

Art & Craft Market, Exhibition & Studios (ACME)

Bank Holiday Art & Craft Market and Preview

Norwich  

Opening: Mon 28 May: 10am - 5pm

Description: Talk to studio artists, view the exhibition, browse craft stalls, book a workshop, enter our prize draw. Stay for evening preview.

This event is free to attend

Venue: St Magaret's Church of Art

Contact: ACME: Tricia Frances - artcraftmarket16@gmail.com, 077693 16344

Anita O'Neill

Taster Day

Broadland & Great Yarmouth  

Opening: Mon 28 May: 10am - 4pm

Description: Short workshop for one hour to sample different mixed media techniques

Cost: £5 per workshop

Venue: Artist's studio - Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, Eau Brink, King's Lynn, PE34 4SQ

Contact: 01553 762115

Penny Coult

Watch the Artist

West Norfolk & King's Lynn  

Opening: Mon 28 May and Sat 9 June: 2pm - 4pm

Description: Educative talk on methods of glass assembly and firing methods

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - 11 Patteson Close, Cringleford, Norwich, NR4 6XX

Contact: 01603 505060

Sharon Virtue

Clay Taster

North Norfolk  Norwich  

Opening: Mon 28 May: 2pm - 4pm

Description: Try some easy hand-building clay techniques, using air dry clay. This means you can take your work home to paint. Minimum 3, maximum 5 participants.

Cost: £20 per person

Venue: Artist's studio - 1 Stable Yard, Didlington, IP26 5AT

Contact: shazzavirtue@gmail.com

Norfolk Community Learning Services

Get Creative Family Learning

Norwich  

Opening: Tue 29 May: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm

Description: Hands on activities for parents, carers and grandparents and their children aged 2 to 12 years. Create your own work of art and discover the flowers that bloom in May.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Group's Studio - Wensum Lodge, 169 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QW

Contact: John Madeley - 01603 306509

Anteros17

Accessibility to Art

Norwich  

Opening: Tue 29 May: 11am and 3pm

Description: 11am: Relaxed session for adults with memory difficulties, their carers and families. 3pm: Relaxed print and multimedia workshop suitable for autistic adults, their carers and families.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Group's studio - Anteros Arts Foundation, 7-15 Fye Bridge St, Norwich, NR3 1LJ

Contact: Bob Peckitt - bob.peckitt@eastanglianforensicservices.com

Johanne Couldrey

Brooch Making with Recycled Materials

North Norfolk  

Opening: Tue 29 May: 11.30am - 2pm

Description: Make a lovely brooch from recycled beads and other materials, and take it home with you. Skills required (sewing with wire).

Cost: £20

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - Rosebank, Whimpwell Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0QD

Contact: Johanne Couldrey - 01692 650207

Mary Lowden

Making and Using a Sketchbook

South Norfolk  

Opening: Wed 30 May and Wed 7 June: 10am - 3pm

Description: The development of a collection of responses to the landscape providing for studio development.

Cost: £20

Booking required

Venue: Flint Cottage Studio, The Common, Shotesham All Saints, NR15 1YD

Contact: 01508 550736, 01508 499503

Norfolk Community Learning Services

Fast and Loose Watercolour Taster

Norwich  

Opening: Wed 30 May: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm

Description: Discover your inner artist, have fun and learn the skills to create a beautiful cornflower painting. No experience required.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Group's Studio - Wensum Lodge, 169 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QW

Contact: 01603 306509

Whale-making workshop

West Norfolk & King's Lynn  

Opening: Wed 30 May & Wed 6 June: 10am - 3.30pm

Description: Demonstration (some participation) of making a leather whale from design to completion. Day is split into 3 x 90 minute sessions, with 30 min breaks. Maximum 5 people.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Artist's studio - The Greenland Fishery Project, The Greenland Fishery, 29 Bridge Street, King's Lynn, PE30 5AB

Contact: Jon Jackson - jon@greenland-fishery.org.uk, 07876 427331

Christine Allman

Visiting Sculptor Kathryn Caswell

Norwich  

Opening: Wed 30 May & Sun 10 June: 11am - 4pm

Description: Fine art sculptor Kathryn Caswell attends The Garden Studio with examples of her work and discusses equipment and techniques.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's studio - The Garden Studio, 612 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 8TE

Contact: 01603 743548, chris.artree@gmail.com

Mike Woodhouse

Make and Mend

North Norfolk  

Opening: Thu 31 May & Thu 7 June: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Description: Make and Mend gives visitors to the workshop the opportunity to create or mend a piece of their own woodwork.

Cost: £30

Venue: Glaven Lodge, Wiveton, NR25 7TH

Contact: makeandmend1@gmail.com

Lisa Saville

Needle Felting Taster

North Norfolk  

Opening: Thu 31 May - Sat 2 June: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

Description: A taste of needlefelting, fleece - requisite tools included. A chance to try your hand at this craft. Kits available to purchase also.

Cost: £15 pp per session

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - Burlawn, Blacksmiths lane, Happisburgh, NR12 0QT

Contact: 01692 652180, 07702 757432

Norfolk Community Learning Services

Drawing and Painting Taster

Norwich  

Opening: Thu 31 May: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm

Description: Discover your inner artist, have fun and create your own work using pencils, charcoal, pastels, water colours and more. No experience required.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Group's Studio - Wensum Lodge, 169 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QW

Contact: John Madeley - 01603 306509

Helen Breach

Life Drawing

West Norfolk & King's Lynn  

Opening: Thu 31 May: 10am - 4pm

Description: Friendly atmosphere, professional model, untutored. Bring your own equipment and lunch to share. Booking essential as numbers limited.

Cost: £20 per person

Booking required

Venue: Castle Acre Village Hall, Pye's Lane, Castle Acre, PE32 2XB

Contact: Helen Breach - helen@helenbreach.com

Art & Craft Market, Exhibition & Studios (ACME)

Steampunk Comes to Norwich! Market Weekend & Social

Norwich  

Opening: Fri 1 June - Sun 3 June: 10am - 5pm. Saturday 2 June: 5pm - 7pm

Description: Market stalls, costumed sellers, customise your goggles! Saturday evening social: Photograph or draw a Steam Queen, prize for best dressed. Saturday evening ticket £10. Tickets: www.acmeart.org.uk / 077693 16344

This event is free to attend

Venue: St Magaret's Church of Art

Contact: Tricia Frances - artcraftmarket@gmail.com

Carolyn Ash

Mosaic workshop for all ages

West Norfolk & King's Lynn  

Opening: Fri 1 June: 11am - 4pm

Description: Drop in Mosaic workshop for all ages. Come and make a piece of mosaic art.

Cost: £7 - £15 depending on size

Venue: Castle Acre Village Hall, Pye's Lane, Castle Acre, PE32 2XB

Contact: Carolyn Ash - stormymoon63@gmail.com, 07810 895480

Judi Graham

Play with Clay for Children and Adults

Breckland  

Opening: Fri 1 June: 11am - 2pm

Description: This will be a beginners session for anyone over the age of 5, using air drying clay so creations can be taken home. 1 hour sessions.

Cost: £6 - £8 depending on amount of clay used

Booking required

Venue: Artist's studio - Virginia Cottages, Elsing Road, North Tuddenham, NR20 3DT

Contact: Judi Graham - 01362 637554

Jill Hill

Tea, Cake and Textiles

North Norfolk  

Opening: Fri 1 and Fri 8 June: 11am - 4pm

Description: Drop in for mini textile workshops: dying threads, felting, raggie pots, or just chat. Small charge for some materials, charity donation for cake.

This event is free to attend

Olivia Jeffries

Block Printed Textiles

South Norfolk  

Opening: Fri 1 June: 9.30am - 1.30pm

Description: Learn how to transform your doodles into a block printed design which we will print onto natural linen.

This event is free to attend

Booking required

Venue: Artist's studio - 21 Kings Dam, Gillingham, NR34

Contact: Olivia Jeffries - info@oliviajeffries.co.uk

Barrington Farm Artists

Curator’s Talk and Karaoke

North Norfolk  

Opening: Fri 1 June: 3pm - 5pm

Description: A tour of the main exhibition with curator Sarah Ballard and the artists followed by Karaoke. Open to all, no need to book - just turn up!

This event is free to attend

Venue: Barrington Farm

Contact: roar_art@hotmail.com, 01692 650707

Anteros17

Printmaking Demonstration

Norwich  

Opening: Sat 2 June: 10am. Sat 9 June: 2pm

Description: Two short demonstrations of printmaking techniques using a press.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Studio Address

Contact: Sarah Ellis - sarah.ellis20@talktalk.net

Caroline Hyde-Brown

Free Machine Embroidery

South Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 2 June: 11am

Description: Demonstrating an embroidered field of poppies with felt and thread.

Cost: £3.50pp

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - Clockhouse Studio, Yard Barn, Lodge Farm, Shelfhanger, IP22 2DT

Contact: Caroline Hyde-Brown - artistcaz@aol.com, 07930 350262

Wendy Shaw

Art making - a spiritual practice

South Norfolk  

Opening: Sun 3 June: 5pm - 6pm

Description: Shared experience and conversation around process and purpose of art making.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Burning Bush Barn Contemplative Art space, Rectory Lane, Rockland St Mary, Norwich, NR14 7EY

Contact: Wendy Shaw - kickoffyourshoes@googlemail.com

Nicola Slattery

Printmaking Demonstration - Collagraph

South Norfolk  

Opening: Mon 4 June: 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Description: An introduction to printmaking using the versatile technique of Collagraph. Learn how plates are made and see a print taken.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's Studio - The Cartlodge, Mill Road, Alburgh, Harleston, IP20 0DS

Contact: Nicola Slattery - 01986 788853, artpeople@btopenworld.com

Christine Watson

Airbrush Masking Techniques

Breckland  

Opening: Mon 4 June: 12pm

Description: Examples of masking materials and completed works of art and illustration

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's studio - 10 Loch Lane, Watton, IP25 6HE

Contact: Christine Watson - c.watson10@btinternet.com

Nicola Slattery

Printmaking Demonstration - Drypoint

South Norfolk  

Opening: Tue 5 June: 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Description: Introducing limited edition printmaking using the traditional technique of Drypoint but with a modern twist of using perspex for the plate.

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's Studio - The Cartlodge, Mill Road, Alburgh, Harleston, IP20 0DS

Contact: Nicola Slattery - 01986 788853, artpeople@btopenworld.com

Kathryn Caswell

Visiting Painter Christine Allman

Broadland & Great Yarmouth  

Opening: Wed 6 June & Fri 9 June: 11am - 4pm

Description: Professional fine art painter and private tutor Christine Allman attends my studio with examples of her work and discusses techniques

This event is free to attend

Venue: Artist's studio - Stable Studio, 33 Cawston Road, Reepham, NR10 4LU

Contact: 07780 991670, kathryncaswell@yahoo.co.uk

Art & Craft Market, Exhibition & Studios (ACME)

Miniatures Market & Collectors Evening

Norwich  

Opening: Fri 8 June - Sat 9 June: 10am - 5pm

Description: Market selling miniatures for dolls houses, railways, dioramas etc. Book a workshop. Chat, share, swap and buy. Collectors evening Friday 8 June: 5pm - 7pm. Tickets £5 from www.acmeart.org.uk / 077693 16344

This event is free to attend

Venue: St Magaret's Church of Art

Contact: Tricia Frances - artcraftmarket@gmail.com

Caroline Hyde-Brown

Hapa-zome with plant material

South Norfolk  

Opening: Fri 8 June: 11am

Description: Demonstrating the Japanese art of Hapa-zome with flowers and plants.

Cost: £3.50

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - Clockhouse Studio, Yard Barn, Lodge Farm, Shelfhanger, IP22 2DT

Contact: Caroline Hyde-Brown - artistcaz@aol.com, 07930 350262

Nicola Slattery

Acrylic Painting Workshop

South Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 9 June: 2pm - 4.30pm

Description: Try your hand at painting with Acrylics. No experience required. Use imagination and paint to create your own mini-painting to take home! Max. 10 places.

Cost: £10

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - The Cartlodge, Mill Road, Alburgh, Harleston, IP20 0DS

Contact: Nicola Slattery - 01986 788853, artpeople@btopenworld.com

Caroline Hyde-Brown

Wet Felting with plants

South Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 9 June: 11am

Description: Wet felting using foraged plants

Cost: £3.50pp

Booking required

Venue: Artist's Studio - Clockhouse Studio, Yard Barn, Lodge Farm, Shelfhanger, IP22 2DT

Contact: Caroline Hyde-Brown - artistcaz@aol.com, 07930 350262

Four at Frogmoor

Introduction to Botanical Painting

North Norfolk  

Opening: Sat 9 June, 2pm - 4pm

Description: A practical insight into the art of botanical painting. Subject matter and drawing and painting material will be supplied. Refreshments and homemade cake available.

Cost: £3 per person

Booking required

Venue: Group's studio - Frogmoor Farm, Tithe Barn Lane, Briston, NR24 2JD

Contact: Maureen Parry - 01263 861775

St Etheldreda Artist Studios

The Model and the Graveyard

Norwich  

Opening: Sun 10 June: 11am - 4pm

Description: Draw or paint our model in St Etheldreda's atmospheric grave yard. Spend a relaxing 4 hours with us. Some materials and equipment provided.

This event is free to attend

Venue: St Etheldreda Chuch, King Street, Norwich.

Contact: Richard Cleland - 07941016607

Sharon Virtue

Intuitive Painting

Breckland  

Opening: Sun 10 June: 2pm - 4pm

Description: Try some fun explorative painting techniques with acrylic paint. Minimum 3 and maximum 5 participants.

Cost: £20 per person, includes materials.

Booking required

Venue: 1 Stable Yard, Didlington

Contact: shazzavirtue@gmail.com