From 10-18 September, Herefordshire & the Welsh border’s thriving arts & crafts community open up their workshops & studios to visitors. Many of the artists have chosen to live, work & be inspired by local landscapes, which means that their studios are tucked away down tiny lanes, well off the beaten track.
Last year when I cycled around the studios my first port of call was Edward Ball’s studio – sound sculpting, perspex and the latest computers. It all seemed a million miles away from the country lane with grass in the middle that I had just cycled along – very exciting. The next stop was the complete opposite. Underneath the arches of the Knucklas’ viaduct and close to the ruins of Knucklas Castle, Will & Lottie O’Leary’s stone carving barn, did have electric light – but that was the only modern feature. The carvings were outstanding.
This year’s selection of artist’s are just as diverse and cycling is definitely the best way to get to see these studios. This year I’m looking forward to visiting the wood carver – Andy Pearson & his new”Earthship” Studio,
Erasmus's First attempt at the Computer - Andy Pearson
and having tea & cakes at Mistletoe House Gallery.
Evenhay Valley - Tania Pearson
Try cycling round the studios yourself. Our Welsh Borders Cycle tour enables you to visit up to 20 studios over 2 days . Full details in this Borderspdf