York Open Studios 2022

Thursday, 17th March 2022

York Open Studios 2022



This year’s York Open Studios returns with two weekends of creativity and colour on Saturdays and Sundays 2 & 3 April, and 9 & 10 April.  Featuring over 150 artists and makers showing and selling their work within their homes and workspaces, York Open Studios provides visitors an opportunity to view and buy bespoke pieces to suit every budget. 

The range of artists’ work encompasses all spheres of creativity, including painting and print, illustration, drawing and mixed media, ceramics, glass and sculpture, jewellery, textiles, photography and installation art – there is something genuinely for everyone and every pocket.  As with every year, new artists dovetail with regulars so visitors can enjoy not only new work by their go-to artists, but opportunities to talk with and view innovative and extraordinary work by emerging artists and those new to York Open Studios. Artists are handpicked by a panel of art professionals to keep the line-up fresh and diverse.  

Beccy Ridsdel, one of the organisers and an artist in her own right adds: “We are thrilled to bring to this ever popular, two weekend event to York and welcome visitors and the residents of York to enjoy and buy art in our usual time slot of April.  Last year, our twentieth year, was a special celebration and we recognise that following two years of restrictions on our lives, our visitors are more than delighted to get out and about enjoying all that York Open Studios brings. Our artists too are really looking forward to sharing their work.  Our weekends may have been 21 years in the making, yet 2022 allows us to introduce even more talent to York. We look forward to welcoming everyone to one of the country’s premier arts events.”

A key aim of the York Open Studios team is to support and work closely with developing artists or those who are new to making creativity their career. Working with York College University Centre and York St John, the York Open Studios committee have selected several undergraduates for their popular Student Showcase.  In 2022 the work includes sculptural ceramics from Laetitia Newcombe influenced by her time in Africa and her home in Yorkshire, and Shannon Vertigan’s installation art on the theme of ‘home’. 

Following the success of last year’s interactive map, visitors can access this again via the York Open Studios website. Alternatively, a free printed directory is available from various tourist hubs and artist locations throughout the city of York and the wider city region.  Visit York Open Studios for more information. 


Notes to Editors:   

York Open Studios: 21 Years in the Making

York Open Studios is an annual not-for-profit event which represents the best of artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city.  Many artists open their doors to invite the public into their workspaces, some artists will share venues or exhibit their work in other spaces.  Artists who are not in their own workspace may display a selection of tools and materials or even demonstrate their skills to give you a more ‘Open Studio’ experience for visitors. The York Open Studios team are mindful of any potential changes to Covid Government Guidelines and will ensure the event adapts to fit and communicate with artists and visitors if necessary. 

The website provides full information regarding the event, illustrating details of participating artists, including their medium and a map of York and its surrounding areas which highlight where visitors will be able to visit them.  These can be found in libraries, shops and galleries all over York in the weeks before York Open Studios. 

For more information visit York Open Studios or email info@yorkopenstudios.co.uk.  Stay in touch via social media: Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Instagram

For press information, including interview opportunities with members of the York Open Studios committee and/or artists, please contact Kendra Grahame-Clarke at Kendra PR on 07910 214474 or email Kendra@kendrapr.co.uk