About Us

Northants Open Studios (NOS) is an art group located in Northamptonshire.

We run pop-up exhibitions and events, including an annual September Festival where artists and makers open their studios to the public, allowing visitors to explore their creative spaces, view their artwork, and learn about their artistic processes.


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Northants Open Studios fosters a diverse and vibrant artistic community within Northamptonshire. We believe that art should be accessible to all, irrespective of age, skill level, or medium preference. Our platform welcomes a rich tapestry of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts, highlighting the breadth of creativity that exist within our community.

Our central mission is twofold:

  • Empowering Artists: We cultivate a supportive network for artists, offering opportunities for growth, collaboration, and exposure. Whether through facilitating exhibition opportunities throughout the year or opening channels to connect with venues, collectors, and buyers, we provide the platform for artists to flourish.
  • Engaging Communities: We work hard to make art accessible, encouraging a broad spectrum of venues to host artistic endeavours. From historic churches to contemporary commercial galleries, we bring art into the heart of the community.

Our flagship event is the Northants Open Studios Visual Arts Festival, renowned as the largest of its kind within the county. Held every September, this festival turns the spotlight onto the artists and their creative process. Artists open the doors to their studios, welcoming the public into their creative sanctuaries. Here, visitors gain an unprecedented view into the inner workings of a pottery studio, the intricacies of stone carving, or the techniques employed in traditional crafts.

Complementing the studio tours, the festival also incorporates a Central Exhibition, showcasing a selection of each participating artist's work. Acting as a tangible brochure, this exhibition allows visitors to plan their studio visits based on their artistic interests.

To ensure broad reach and engagement, we distribute 15,000 festival brochures across Northamptonshire and beyond. These brochures, coupled with various venue-hosted exhibitions throughout September, serve to amplify the visibility of participating artists.

As a self-funded organisation, we rely on the generosity of venues and commercial sponsors within Northamptonshire. Their continued support empowers us to achieve our mission, making art accessible, promoting local artists, and nurturing an artistic community that thrives on diversity and mutual support.

Join us on this journey of artistic exploration and discover the myriad ways in which art continues to shape our lives and communities.

Welcome to Northants Open Studios, where art comes to life.

  • January, 2024

    Applications open for the September Festival

  • February, 2024

    Spring Open Exhibition at Lamport (for members and non-members)
    Exhibition Applications for September open and Venues announced

  • March 31st, 2024

    Early bird Entry Ends

  • April 30th, 2024

    Deadline for Entry into the September Festival

  • May/June, 2024

    Brochure Design and Production

  • July, 2024

    Brochure Distribution

  • August, 2024

    Central Exhibition Information needed

  • September , 2024

    Northants Open Studios Festival