Cambridge Open Studios: 50th anniversary

More than 150 people joined Cambridge Open Studios at Graduate Hotel Cambridge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic July Open Studios art festival.

Guests attending the anniversary celebrations – including Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Daniel Schunmann, the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Baiju Thittala, and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dinah Pounds – enjoyed an exclusive exhibition of Cambridge Open Studios member artwork. In addition to the exhibition, guests learned more about painting through a live demonstration from artist, Sarah Allbrook.

Speaking at the event, Gabriella del Valle, Chair of Cambridge Open Studios, said: “This year is a milestone year for Cambridge Open Studios and I am thrilled that so many people from across the county joined us to celebrate 50 years of July Open Studios. The exhibition showcased the breadth and depth of art and creativity that people can enjoy for free this July, from paintings to ceramics and textile art, and I hope that the event encourages even more people to support their local artists and visit their nearest art studio this July.”

Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Daniel Schunmann, said: “It was an enormous honour and privilege to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of Cambridge Open Studios. The work that this organisation does throughout Cambridgeshire in terms of opening access to the visual arts is unequalled and I very much hope they will be going for at least another 50 years.”

For five decades, Cambridge Open Studios’ artists have opened their studios to the public for free over four weekends in July to remove potential barriers that might prevent people from accessing art and creativity. This July, the public can gain behind-the-scenes access to hundreds of working studios, browse unique artworks, enjoy live demonstrations, tutorials and workshops, and buy art directly from more than 350 artists across Cambridge, Ely, Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages.