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Northants Open Studios: Your Gateway to Artistic Exploration

Northants Open Studios stands at the forefront of democratizing art and creativity, fostering 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 myriad expressions 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 scaffolding for artists to flourish.
  • Engaging Communities: We work relentlessly 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 10,000 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.

Date: 13/08/2023 - 13/12/2023 at 12:00-

I am thrilled to announce the inauguration of my first solo exhibition, "Transition" @influxgallery. https://www.influx-gallery.com/solo-exhibition/transition “Transition” is a journey through my abstract portfolio to date showcasing four collections from 2022/23 (Urban, Bridges, Biodiversity & (See information on event)

James Bristow

Heseltine Open 2023


Date: 19/11/2023 - 13/12/2023 at 10:00-16:00

I'm proud to have three works included in the Heseltine Open, alongside many great pieces from South Northants and North Oxfordshire artists. (See information on event)

James Bristow

Rugby Open 2023


Date: 25/11/2023 - 03/02/2024 at 10:00-16:00

Excited to have my print 'Rogue Waves 14a' selected for this year's Rugby Open. There's a host of great works in the show, including many NOS artists, so do visit when you get a chance. (See information on event)

Chris Yates

Boughton Christmas Craft Fair


Date: 02/12/2023 - 03/12/2023 at 10:00-17:00

Christmas Craft Fair Find the perfect gift in a beautiful location, as a brand new Christmas Fair makes its way to Boughton House. Treat yourself and the ones you love to something unique this Christmas and discover a range of handmade crafts, gifts, vintage items, antiques and food and drink Open S (See information on event)