Open studios weekend drawing nearer

Artist Caroline Riley at work
Artist Caroline Riley at work

WHITBY artists will be taking part in this year’s North Yorkshire Open Studios when more than 130 artists ranging from blacksmiths and jewellers, to potters, painters and printmakers invite you into their studios to meet them and find out about the inspiration behind their work.

The 10 local artists who are taking part will be revealing a wide range of fascinating work; from painting, ceramics and batik to willow-weaving, jewellery and costume design.

picture by Heather Gatt

picture by Heather Gatt

Landscape painter Caroline Riley’s recent work is inspired by water, from the dramatic seas of the north-east coast near her home in Commondale to the calmer waters of Scottish lochs.

From her studio in Sneaton, Susan Wilmington travels the world, designing costumes for opera. She is currently working on a production of Der Rosenkavalier at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Rebecca Corner (Fylingthorpe) works with traditional English basketry willow to create sculptures, baskets and beautiful items for the garden, while Lynne Wixon (Robin Hood’s Bay) has just completed the Northumberland to Teesside stage of painting her way around the coast of England.

Heather Gatt’s batiks reflect the interaction between light and dark, liquid and solid. Using brushes and pens she applies wax and dyes to fabric, before removing the wax with boiling water. Her studio is based at Whitby’s Green Lane Centre.

Also at Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby, visitors can take in the full range of art on offer at a ‘taster’ exhibition (19 May – 1 July).

This exhibition showcases the work of many of the NYOS 12 artists based in the east of the county.

It offers the unique opportunity to see work by so many of these talented artists in one place, providing just a taste of the wonderful delights on offer when you go on to visit them at work in their studios.

A Family Sculpture Workshop on Saturday 9 June with artist Van Nong at the Green Lane Centre in Whitby is a chance for families to have fun and get creative together, building and decorating cups and saucers using Modroc and acrylic paint.

For full details of all open studios and to find out more about the events programme visit or for a free event guide get in touch with the organisers, Art Connections on (01756) 748529 or email

Studios are open across two weekends in June, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, from 10.30am to 5.30pm.