Newbury Spring Festival

Open Studios

The 30th Year


INSIGHT at Arlington Arts Centre
Snelsmore Common RG14 3BQ


Monday–Sunday 11.00am–5.00pm
Thursdays 11.00am–8.00pm
This is a free exhibition

Thursday 24th May – 11.00am and 2.00pm
An opportunity to view INSIGHT through the eyes of the curators with an hour-long guided talk.
Free event, no ticket required

Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire is celebrating its 30th year and invites you to take a look at some very useful paintings, pictures, sculptures and ceramics.

The partnership between Open Studios and the Festival continues – Open Studios artists have worked on location at Newbury Spring Festival rehearsals and concerts, and the musical moments they captured can be enjoyed at a special exhibition at the Corn Exchange throughout this year’s Festival.

Their main exhibition is INSIGHT at Arlington Arts Centre where work from each of the 123 accredited artists is on display. Exquisite porcelain, fine landscapes and still-life paintings rub shoulders with aluminium prints, funky collages, knitwear, confectionery, jewellery, absorbing abstracts and electrifying sculptures – beautiful and sometimes provocative reflections on the world. Satellite Open Studios exhibitions throughout May, at Festival concert venues and other locations around West Berkshire and North Hampshire, hint at the wonderful treasures to be discovered.

Pick up a copy of the Open Studios directory at Festival events or the Corn Exchange to use as a guide to visit studios in May, and even join in the creativity yourself by enrolling on one of the free hands-on workshops it lists.

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. William Morris