Artists urged to sign up for Rutland Open Studios 2014

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Artists in Rutland are being called to showcase their work and hold demonstrations for crowds as part of an annual festival.

The second Art in the Making festival is set to be held as part of Rutland Open Studios 2014 after a very successful first year.

The event will take place in a field close to The Old Pheasant pub at Glaston on the weekend of May 31 and June 1.

Scores of artists have the chance to display their work to audiences, hold demonstrations to show off their art, and give visitors an opportunity to try their hand at painting, willow weaving and stone carving.

The event kicks off Rutland Open Studios, which celebrates the original concept of Open Studios, where artists from Rutland and surrounding counties hold exhibitions of their work. This year’s Rutland Open Studios is being held on all four weekends in June.

Rutland Open Studios secretary Ingrid Hunter said: “Art in the Making should be a fun festival for everyone and will showcase the array of talent that Rutland has to offer.

“There will also be demonstrations and lots for visitors to do and have a go at. It will be fun for the whole family.”

Last year, 15 artists gathered in Morcott for Art in the Making, which attracted more than 200 visitors across the weekend of June 1 and 2.

Exhibitors demonstrated an array of disciplines from raku firing, pottery and stone carving, to pen and watercolour, animal portraiture, felt making and oil painting.

There was also further entertainment with live music, as well as tea and cakes courtesy of the Morcott Village Ladies Club.

Ingrid added: “It worked very well last year as it brought artists from across the county together and allowed people to see what they did.

“We didn’t really know how it would be received but it was a really good event.

“It was such a success and that’s why we are holding it again.”

Further announcements for the festival will be made in the coming months.

The entry fee for Rutland Open Studios is £50 for artists. The festival will be free for visitors.

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 28.

For an entry form for Rutland Open Studios and further information about the festival, visit the website at, or e-mail