This year I had an unexpectedly brilliant 2 weekends on Art Holiday in Sheffield with @arpzen . We followed the Open Up Sheffield festival brochure , and discovered that the biannual Art Sheffield event coincided. This is the pictorial story & highlights of my art discovery over 5 days and 17 miles of walking across Sheffield & the Peak District. The most interesting facts I discovered were
- Sheffield has the highest number of artists per Km sq in the UK, outside of London
- You can rent studio share space from as little as £57 a month incl heating
- Its easy to just start up as an artist or creative in small steps
- Sheffield artists open up their studios with tea & cake & arty insights
- I can still throw a pot after 25 years !!
Fenella Nobles chicken wire creatures
Phew and those were only a few highlights . We also visited Exchange Place, Persistence works, Bloc Studio, Bank St Arts, CADS but in the spirit of Open Up we were invited into over 20 artists, sculptors, jewellery makers & photographers homes & studios to talk about their work, what inspired them & see their work in progress. I learned masses about how to start up as an artist or creative . I will be doing a pottery throwing course too. There are hundreds of people making original art in Sheffield, tucked away ! Make sure you visit @openupsheffield 2017 next year & buy the programme which has full details of all the artists & where to buy their work .
Art is inspiring & relaxing … combined with walking around Sheffield in the sunshine we felt like we had been to another place on holiday. Plus 2 fabulous breakfasts at Couch Campo Lane & Gerties Walkley .
For inspiration & curiousness about how you can release your inner artist , start up a business or new career please contact Karen Perkins for a free coaching taster via @fabcoach on Twitter www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk