One of the most successful Open Studios schemes in the country has been cancelled.
The award-winning Norfolk Open Studios was due to take place 23 May – 7 June 2020.
Following Government advice to protect the safety of audiences and artists organisers have decided to cancel the event with a view to rescheduling later in the year.
Every year around 400 artists open their studio doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work and practice, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.
Now in its 26th year, the free event also runs a raft of art trails, demonstrations, private views, workshops and talks.
Ros Dixon, Norfolk Open Studios Administrator, said: “It is with regret that we have taken the very difficult but ultimately inevitable decision to cancel running Norfolk Open Studios this year during 23 May – 7 June.
“This includes the Preview Exhibition which was going to be held at the Forum in Norwich. With the rapidly escalating health-crisis and with the safety of artists and visitors at heart, we have taken the decision to not run the scheme this May/June.
“However, we are looking into the viability of postponing until the Autumn and will be watching to see how the next few months unfold.”
Norfolk Open Studios is run by Norfolk & Norwich Festival as one of its initiatives and the Festival, due to take place 8 – 24 May, has also been cancelled.
Internationally renowned artists as well as artists new to the scheme take part each year and for many, it offers the opportunity to join a wider community of artists which helps to bring their work to new and diverse audiences, opening up discussions about their practice.
For more information visit norfolkstudios.org.uk