What’s On: Cambridge Open Studios 2018

Did you visit any artists during the opening weekend of this year’s Cambridge Open Studios? With over 370 participating artists there is so much to see! First things first, we definitely recommend picking up an official guide and also downloading the new app for 2018. The app has some really handy features including an A-Z artist search and a favourite artists function which you can filter by opening weekends. We love that you can search artists by media and find which studios are nearest to your current location! You can see what is happening on your doorstep and also plan those visits a little further afield.

If you are looking for some inspiration as to where to head over the next three weekends (14/15, 21/22 and 28/29 July 2018) then read on to find out which of our members are taking part this year! Lots to discover in Cambridge, Milton, Histon, Oakington, Bottisham, Over, Little Ouse, Little Downham and Swaffham Bulbeck.


Artists Sarah McGonigle and Hannah McGonigle are once again exhibiting with local illustrator Shane Swann. The TRIA exhibition (COS Guide: 115) launched on Saturday in Oakington and your last chance to visit is this coming weekend 14th and 15th July. Sarah studied fine art in Cambridge and went on to complete a degree in Botanical Illustration, her work often features the natural world and she primarily paints in watercolour. Hannah has grown up creating artwork inspired by her surroundings. Her fine-line drawings are incredibly detailed and she loves the idea that people viewing her work can often see different things within her pieces.

Kate Green (COS Guide: 13) is the artist behind Flourish and Fly and is also open this coming weekend, in Cambridge. She is an abstract artist who uses paint to ‘sing with colour’. Expect a showcase of works consisting of bright colours, pattern and detail. Kate says, “I am excited by the extravagant dimensions and intimate details that I see in creation and aim to reflect these in my own work.”

The Riverside Arts group exhibition (COS Guide: 202) in Little Ouse is back again this year – for weekends 2 and 3 – and we would highly recommend a visit! Our member Caroline Forward will be showcasing a collection of her abstracts, portraits and landscapes alongside six other artists. The exhibition is hosted by Rick Forward (New from Old Furniture) in his workshop, The Engine House – it is a fantastic space with separate rooms to explore. There will be lots to see including furniture, paintings, illustration, ceramics and weaving!

Jamie Sugg (COS Guide: 176) will be exhibiting during weekends 3 and 4 on his farm in Swaffham Bulbeck. Jamie works in a variety of media and contrasting styles depending on his subject, from colourful acrylic abstract landscapes to lifelike pencil drawings of wildlife.


Also exhibiting during the last two weekends of July is watercolour artist Vandy Massey (COS Guide: 148). Vandy is exhibiting alongside photographer Marc Massey at their working studio in Whittlesford. Vandy says, “Watching images emerge on the paper is something I find captivating. This is the aspect of watercolour I find the most enthralling, and the reason I am drawn to its freedom and flow.”

Designer-jeweller Claire Howieson (COS Guide 172b) creates bold contemporary jewellery, her work is often inspired by the materials she uses – including freshwater pearls, precious and semi-precious stones – and she loves working with her clients to create unique bespoke pieces. She is exhibiting at The Old Courthouse in Bottisham alongside textile artist and painter Heidi Lichterman and woodwork artist Jeremy Nicholls, for weekends 2 and 3.

In Little Downham, a village just north of Ely, textile artist Anna Osborne (COS Guide: 205) will be exhibiting over the next three weekends. Anna aka The Speculating Rook creates beautiful embroidered textiles for interiors, using a free-motion technique on her sewing machine and layering “lost and found” fabrics.

Clive Dawson (COS Guide: 107) is exhibiting during weekends 2 and 3 at his home in Histon. Clive predominantly paints in acrylics creating works which are bold and engaging. He says, “Colour and expression are more important to me than a slavish copy, as is humour, if I can make someone smile with a painting I am very happy.”

Just down the road in Milton you can also catch Cheryl Bird and Linda Bartlett (COS Guide: 90) for the same weekends. Cheryl and Linda are the makers behind Divine Decadence Jewellery, they have been friends for over 20 years and produce contemporary handmade jewellery inspired by natural shapes and textures.


Fused glass artist Bex Burston (COS Guide: 121) of Blue Design Shed is exhibiting alongside ceramicist Ruth Fairhead and sculptor Anine Cockwell-De Jong in Over during weekends 2 and 3. She will then be taking part in The Artists’ Marquee event at Burwash Manor for the final weekend. Bex creates fun and vibrant wall art, home accessories, necklaces, and much more!

Birgitte Bruun (COS Guide: 64) is a jeweller who creates contemporary silver and gold jewellery influenced by Scandinavian Design ethos. Birgitte enjoys adding contrasting textures to her work which is often described as elegant and timeless. She will be exhibiting for the next two weekends alongside painter Sarah Blake in Cambridge.

Lastly, introducing ‘The Mo Show’! Our member Maureen Mace (COS Guide: 30a) will be showcasing her paintings and urban sketches alongside glass artist Maureen Charles in Cambridge, weekends 2 and 3. Maureen Mace’s paintings are very much inspired by the city of Cambridge – with cows, scholars and learning often the subjects of her works. She says, “I add rich night skies, a shining moon, a taste of Medieval Art and this forms the basis for my intricate, detailed, dream like paintings full of stories.”


We are really looking forward to exploring Cambridge Open Studios over the next three weekends. If you are planning on visiting too then let us know in the comments below. We would also love to hear if you are one of the particitipating artists for 2018, tell us something about your work and where you are exhibiting. Be sure to share any photographs you take during this year’s #CamOS2018 with our community #CambsCreativeTreasures hashtag on Instagram!




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