York Open Studios 2016

15 Apr 2016 – 24 Apr 2016

Event times

York Open Studios takes place on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April; Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April. Studios are open Friday 6 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Cost of entry

FREE entry

York Open Studios

York, United Kingdom


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A big welcome awaits you at the 2016 York Open Studios, when nearly 100 artists and craftspeople are opening up their studios across two weekends in April.


Take a peek behind the scenes at the workshops of painters, potters, sculptors, jewellers and a host of other artists whilst following the trail of studios in and around York.

Discover beautiful handmade items for you and your home, perhaps trigger a new interest or simply enjoy a day out with a difference at this popular free event!

There are more than 70 venues to choose from this year, offering a chance to discover art in a range of spaces which are rarely open to the public, from town houses to cottage workshops and adapted garden sheds, historic buildings including the Cemetery Chapel and Nether Poppleton’s Tithe Barn as well as community spaces. In all of them you will find the makers themselves ready to show you their work in person.

Printmakers include Steve Bowen whose letter press prints bring the wonderful history of York to life and Gerard Hobson’s colourful lino prints of animals.

Wood carver Graham Gamble’s countryside inspired carved reliefs draw on skills gained from a lifetime of restoring sculptural carvings in stately homes.

New artists include Lu Mason whose graceful hanging mobiles feature motifs from architecture, flora and fauna and play on shapes and shadows and Alun Kirby whose cyanotypes explore natural forms.

Visit York School of Jewellery to see the unique creations of four designer makers taking part for the first time.


This is a great opportunity to explore a different side of York with studios located all around the area, from the historic city streets to leafy suburbs and surrounding villages.


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