This Month’s Feature

Hampshire Open Studios 2019

Hampshire Open Studios 2019


Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge. With over 280 venues open in the ten days leading up to bank holiday Monday 26 August, visitors get the chance to meet the makers direct, learn more about their work and enjoy a range of participatory workshops. Plus there are over 100 new venues for 2019.


Full details can be viewed online or you can request a colour brochure by emailing If you’re not sure where to start some mini-trails have been suggested for each area around the county. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from their favourite Hampshire Open Studios’ artist.


There are a wide variety of venues to see along with every type of art and craft on offer in the region including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and many more. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors.


Some Highlights for 2019

  • There is plenty to see around Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford including, new for 2019, Gemma Donegan – Little Glass Robin. Gemma designs and makes beautiful hand-painted glass landscapes and playful nature-inspired fused glass art. Nearby are paintings by Emily Curtis and ceramics by Sheena Bond.


  • Swanmore has a cluster of five venues including Jerry Smith, Jo Ellis, David Clegg, The Wessex Guild of Craftsmen, Don Richards and Sue Halloway. Also new for 2019 is the artist Margaret Ferrone. Margaret is a painter of contemporary landscapes, inspired by coast and countryside. She uses mixed media, watercolour and pastel, lino prints, collage and collagraphs.


  • A trip along the coast through Stubbington, Hill Head and Lee-on-the-Solent offers a great many options for stops along the way. John Cook is a ceramic artist creating decorative pottery and figurative sculptural work. He also runs year-round pottery, sculpture, raku glazing and firing workshops. See the Make and Take Part section of this year’s brochure.


  • Upcycling is increasingly evident in artist studios such as Coffee Pod Creations in Lee-on-the-Solent. Here you can discover how coffee pods are transformed into unique pieces of jewellery and handicraft. See the artist working and try for yourself. Likewise if you visit Rescue and Revive in Stubbington you can see artist and upcycler, Vicky, working with vintage china, cutlery, ephemera and driftwood.


  • Handmade in Portchester features silver jewellery, ceramics, leather and beadwork, fused glass, mosaics and wirework. Come along and share ideas with the artist about working with different materials.


  • In Cosham you can visit a collective of talented artists who offer you the opportunity to see a range of media in one place. Alison Hemmings is a felt maker who creates quirky 3D animals and figures. She also paints animal portraits with wool fibres and wool and silk scarves. Caroline Strong is an artist of the natural world who enjoys painting colour and contrast. Elisa Mott produces colourful kiln formed glass including modern dichroic jewellery alongside striking bowls and homewares. Jane Dudley, enjoys painting acrylic landscapes, plus designing and creating unique bespoke textile accessories and gifts. Sandra Bidmead brings to life collections of characterful animal sculptures in ceramics. Come along, chat to the artists and enjoy a cream tea for just £5 (proceeds donated to the Wessex Cancer Trust).


Hampshire Open Studios 17 – 26 August