Norfolk Open Studios is a well-loved annual event which celebrates the creativity and talent of Norfolk makers and creators. Artists at all stages of their careers take part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional artists.
Each year artists welcome visitors into their working space – this might be in their own home, studio, garage/shed or garden – to share their work and skills and sell their art. Studios are free to visit and visitors don’t need to book in advance, unless they are a large group.
All Norfolk based visual artists are invited to take part – painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture and jewellery makers will be involved each year, to name but a few! Many will also offer events, demonstrations and workshops alongside their open studio, to share skills and offer people the chance to have a go themselves. For visitors, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get hands-on, as well as purchase original artwork direct from it’s creator.
Since 2021 the programme has been held in the autumn in September/October, allowing people to explore the county to discover and meet artists during this often magical time of year. The Norfolk Open Studios website and brochure publishes details of all artists and schools taking part. The free brochure is made available in many venues across Norfolk and beyond in advance of the programme. Each artist and school is listed within a geographical district of the county.
An integral part of Norfolk Open Studios, organised by the artists themselves, Art Trails allow visitors to make a memorable day out of their open studios visits.
Events & Demonstrations
Many artists run special events and activities during the scheme, offering visitors the chance to get creative and have a go themselves!
The central Preview Exhibition is held at the Forum in Norwich, which includes work by artists from all of Norfolk’s districts. Regional preview exhibitions are held as and when availability allows, and can also be found under the Preview Exhibitions section.
Norfolk Open Studios is run by Norfolk & Norwich Festival through its Festival Connect & Create initiative. The Festival manages Norfolk Open Studios in partnership with Norfolk artists and makers. It is distinct from the annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival which takes place in May each year.