Lonely HeARTS

Interested in taking part in the Summer Art Weeks but need a venue or want to share with others?

With registration for this year's event closing on 31st January, it's time to get your venue sorted.

It's your responsibility to find and organise a venue for your event before you sign up, but we appreciate that some artists are unable to exhibit from their own home or studio. While many visitors like to see the artists in their own environment, others prefer public venues rather than private homes. Experience also shows that groups of artists often attract greater footfall than those exhibiting on their own, but working as a group can present its own challenges.

Following the success of Lonely HeARTS for the 2019 event – which resulted in lots of matches – we are again encouraging artists to come together by offering to share their venue with other artists. Or, if you don't have your own venue, let's see if we can put you in touch with other lonely heARTists! 

Email the following information to admin@warwickshireopenstudios.org and we'll post your details on here to try and match you up.

Name & contact email / tel

Location of your venue or where you would like to be located

Brief description of the venue or the type of art you produce

Website or social media details, so that interested artists can look at your work

Opportunities for 2020

Looking for a venue?

Alastair Gamble produces oil paintings in an impressionistic/realistic style (see www.agtg-art.com). Ideally he would like to be located in Leamington but could go further afield if necessary. Contact details: coolcave3@gmail.com or 07903 383863 

Angela Bisconti produces abstract paintings using the art therapy technique. She is looking for a venue in Coventry or the surrounding areas. Contact details: angelabisconti@hotmail.com or 07971778991

Anne McFadden like to find a venue with other artists in the Coventry area, but would consider nearby areas.  She makes fused glass jewellery, pictures, bowls, hangers and other items for the home and garden.  Contact: 07947 622741 and www.facebook.com/Anne-McFadden-Fused-Glass-364114010779259. 

Annette Rand would like to be located in Rugby or surrounds. She produces functional pottery, mainly with surface decoration using her own stencilled designs. More info at www.parsnippottery.co.uk, www.facebook.com/parsnippottery or www.instagram.com/parsnippottery. Contact details: annettejrand@gmail.com or 01788 817763

Glenys Bishop is looking for a venue in Warwick or Leamington Spa. She is a painter in oils and acrylic, and also does ink drawings. Contact details: bishopgfl@yahoo.co.uk or 07947597512

Helen Smith (Helen Marie Art) works in watercolour and acrylics painting mainly animals, landscapes and artwork for children. She is looking for space in Harbury / Ufton / Hunningham / Offchurch / Radford Semele / Leamington or Kenilworth areas. Contact details: Smith_hm@hotmail.co.uk or www.facebook.com/helenmarieart

Janet Saunders would like to be located within striking distance of Warwick - this could be Leamington, Kenilworth or surrounding villages. She is a printmaker producing hand printed etchings, mostly inspired by nature and landscape. Contact details: janetfsaunders@aol.com / 07900 89220, fb.me/Janetprintmaking

Joe Bolton is looking for a venue to share in or near Leamington-Spa. he has a BA in Art and Art History and his work consists of Paintings, Drawings and Photographs.Contact details: v.bolton879@btinternet.com / 01295 770879

Olga Lomax is looking for a venue in Warwick or Leamington Spa. She paints landscapes, cityscapes and figurative art in oils, acrylic and mixed media. Contact details: olgalomax@yahoo.com / 07810 684847

Polly Merredew is based in Coventry, so would ideally like to find a space in Coventry or surrounding areas: Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth or Rugby. She is an abstract, geometric artist using painting and printmaking. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @pollymerredew or contact her on polly_merredew@btinternet.com 

Sally Dorrity is looking for a venue ideally near the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire border. She is a ceramicist who hand builds her work to create small, medium and large pieces, both functional and sculptural, suitable for indoors and outdoors. Contact details: 07944 538517www.sallydorrity.co.uk or www.instagram/sally.dorrity

Sue Clifford is looking for a venue ideally in the Coventry area and would consider travelling to Kenilworth and Leamington. She is an acrylic artist and her work can be viewed on Instagram at las_cart. Contact details: 07540 568866, landandseacart@gmail.com

Vikki Reeve is based in Southam and is looking for a venue in the Southam, Leamington Spa, Dunchurch or Rugby area. She makes jewellery using handmade beads and occasionally sterling silver; her work can be viewed at www.facebook.com/VikkisHandmadeCards/ . Contact details: 07743914937, v.reeve35@btinternet.com 

Wendy Hartle is looking to share a venue in Rugby as it is her 1st time.  She is an abstract painter.  To find out more contact: Wendyjhartle17@yahoo.co.uk or www.instagram.com/devineabstractart/

Looking for artists?

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Museum - The team at Compton Verney have approached us about hosting Warwickshire Open Studio artists in their visitor centre during our Summer Art Weeks. This will coincide with their Print Fair on 20th & 21st June and also the other days they are open (closed on Mondays). They ideally would like printmakers on 20th & 21st but on the other days they would welcome a selection of media. This could be a great opportunity for artists without a venue, those who only want to do a short period or those who want to exhibit in more than one location. You will need to be at Compton Verney or liaise with another artist to look after your work on your days and you will need to be a member of WOS. The full details are yet to be finalised, but there will be a cost associated with this and there will be a selection process. For the time being, register your interest at admin@warwickshireopenstudio.org by 31st January.

WOS Offchurch – The artists who exhibit at the church in Offchurch village (a successful and well-known WOS venue) are looking for another one, possibly two, artists to join them. Because of the use of space and the media already displayed in the church, they're only looking for the following: pottery, glass, silversmithing, textiles or small 3D items. Take a look at www.facebook.com/WOSOffchurch/ and for more info contact Julie Law, julielaw1965@gmail.com or 07837 152101

Market Hall Museum, Warwick is once again available as a venue during the Summer Art Weeks. They are offering space on Tuesday to Saturdays at a fee of £25 a day. If anyone is interested, please contact Rebecca on rebeccacoles@warwickshire.gov.uk or 01926 736397 for more information.

Wren Hall, near Hatton (www.wrenhall.org) is a new and exciting WOS venue with a great location on the main Warwick to Birmingham Road, midway between Warwick and Knowle. There will be a wonderful newly-built hall to add to their iconic older spaces and they are really looking forward to showcasing fantastic artists’ work. They will actively promote Summer Art Weeks at Wren Hall both locally and in the surrounding villages and towns. They are looking for artists working in any medium who are interested in joining them on 25th, 26th and 27th June in their exciting new venture! For more info, contact diane@moiradianewood.com.

Low Furlong Care Home, Shipston-on-Stour would love to provide a venue for local artists to exhibit their work. They are offering the communal Reception and Tea Room as gallery space; these are connected, spacious rooms with good light. To find out more, contact Sarah Farley, Wellbeing Manager, on 01608 662005 or wellbeing.lowfurlong@gmail.com.

The Bookbinder, John Richards is offering wall space in his shop in Leamington for any 2D artists; he also has one small display cabinet for 3D work. Contact johnbookbinder@hotmail.com to find out more. 

Foreverlie on Oxford Street in Leamington is once again offering space in the shop during the Summer Art Weeks. They specialise in floral design using everlasting or artificial flowers. The shop is bright and full of colour from the flowers with white 'blank canvas' walls. They would welcome any form of art from sculpture to canvas paintings, but it must complement the shop. Contact details: insta @flowersforeverlie, www.foreverlie.co.uk or call Rebecca Black on 07958 685369.

Chedham's Yard is a community-based heritage hub set in the picturesque historic heart of Wellesbourne. Entirely volunteer run, they open on Saturdays offering visitors insights into the operation of a blacksmith's and wheelwright's forge, run for five generations of the Chedham family. Their traditional English garden, workshops and visitor centre provide a tranquil green space full of crafts, artefacts, exhibits and knowledgeable volunteers bringing to life the heritage of bygone agricultural practices at the heart of the rural economy. They have enjoyed participating in Warwickshire Open Studios for several years. Their opening hours are limited but they are dedicating the yard on 27th June to local artists. Contact Lucky Lowe (Volunteer Coordinator) on lowe.lucky@gmail.com 07907 694931 or Eric Lawley (Trustee and Site Coordinator) e.lawley@ntlworld.com if you are interested in exhibiting and selling work on the 27th and/or exploring opportunities for collaboration.