Premier Artists’ Showcase Invites Members To Join For 8th Successful Year

Suffolk Open Studios have launched their 2019 Call for Artists, inviting artists and galleries living and working across Suffolk to join next year’s programme.

Earlier this year, over 100 artists opened their studios to the public and enjoyed the many advantages of taking part, including reaching new audiences and showing their work in the comfort of their own studio; receiving valuable feedback by interacting directly with potential clients; and the chance to meet and collaborate with fellow artists in their area. Artists and galleries also benefit from valuable publicity through their profile on the Suffolk Open Studios website and Facebook page, and inclusion in the printed directory, distributed free of charge to tourist centres, art venues and visitor attractions throughout the county.

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Members are also guaranteed a place in the annual Suffolk Open Studios Annual Showcase Exhibition at the Apex Centre in Bury-St-Edmunds, running 25 February – 1 April 2019. This year’s show proved extremely popular and drew favourable comments from across the art community.

Run by volunteers, Suffolk Open Studios is open to all Suffolk artists and galleries regardless of the media in which they practise. Members open their studios free of charge to the public 11am-5pm over the first five weekends of June, choosing to open on as many or few weekends as they wish. Many join together to form their own local artists’ “trails”; anyone unable to include their own studio can still take part by renting space with other artists and forming their own artists’ “hub”. More details are on the Suffolk Open Studios website at

Cally James, Suffolk Open Studios Chair, commented: “This year’s programme was a great success. In many cases, visitors travelled significant distances both within and from outside the county; several make it regular date in their diary to see what their favourite artists are working on now. Suffolk is rightly celebrated for the depth and breadth of its artistic heritage and it’s a pleasure to be making the talent and achievements of our resident artists available once again to the public.”

Artists and galleries wishing to take part in next year’s programme can do so from 1 November, by completing the online membership form at Early applications are encouraged, to guarantee a place in the printed directory.

Suffolk Open Studios

Suffolk Open Studios is an established organisation currently in its 7th successful year, with artists around the county opening their studios to the public during June each year.

Commencing in 2012 and run entirely by volunteers, its aim is to celebrate the outstanding and diverse talent of Suffolk-based artists. It welcomes member applications from all artists and galleries with studios or based in Suffolk.

More details at:
• Web:
• Facebook: @suffolkopenstudios
• Instagram: @suffolkopenstudios


Cally James (Suffolk Open Studios Chairperson)

Cally James is a practising Ceramics artist and Art teacher. She works primarily in clay and Plaster of Paris, but enjoys experimenting with other mediums such as painting in acrylic and watercolour. Her influences are varied but centre around artists who make particular reference to society, such as Grayson Perry.

Having started her working life originally as a chef, she became Chairperson of Suffolk Open Studios in 2017. She recently completed her MA in Fine Art at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich.

More details at


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Suffolk Artlink’s creative projects aim to help people transform their lives through the arts, and are delivered in places including community centres, hospitals and hospices, residential homes, refuges and schools.

Their work is led by experienced arts practitioners, encompassing a rich variety of art forms, and delivered in close partnership with care, education, voluntary and community organisations.

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