ARTISTS will again open their doors to the public this August when the Hampshire Open Studios returns.

Those wishing to learn more about art in their area have the chance to visit, and buy work from, some of the county’s finest artists. It also provides an opportunity to support working artists – many of whom have been hit heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With 250 venues open, Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail in which visitors can meet artists and learn about their work. This year it takes place from Saturday August 21 to Monday August 30.

With a variety of venues and artists, nearly every art and craft is covered, from painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, furniture and jewellery.

This year, 26 artists and studios from Winchester area will open. Artists include: Linda Bee, Jonathan Chapman, Catherine Ruth Church, Karen Eames, Charlotte Rose and Wizz Stearne, Penny Metcalfe, Michael Dudfield, Ping and Lily and Richard Green, Christopher, Clare Goodman, Jack Harding, Julie and Ted Hepenstal, Chris Newberry, Deborah Porter, Emma Lowres, Gemma Wootten and Lynette Vickery. Studios include the Yard Studios, Colour Factory, Three’s Company, Strange TimesQuests, Splash, Salisbury Arts Scene, Artisans Now! and Granary Studio.

Lesley Self, organiser of the festival, said: “We are really pleased that Hampshire Open Studios is able to return this year. Our artists and visitors alike are telling us that they are thrilled at the opportunity to meet and enjoy some creative visits to studios, craft spaces and exhibitions across the county.”

Entry is free. For trail maps, access information and opening times for each venue, visit the Hampshire Open Studios website or pick up a catalogue from a local Tourist Office.

Artists are looking forward to inviting visitors once again to their studios and galleries. They will be making every effort to ensure visits are enjoyable, creative and safe. Visiting guidance is on the website

This year visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from their favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist.