Open Studios 21-22 May

It’s time for a tidy up! I will be opening my studio to the public for the first time as part of Open Studios Notts on 21st-22nd May 2016.

Open Studios NottsWhat: Artist Open Studio

Where: The Cottage, 16 Risegate, Cotgrave Notts NG12 3JF

When: Sat/Sun 21-22 May 2016 10am-5pm

I moved to Cotgrave to set up home 18 months ago and added a studio to give me the space to work more creatively. Alongside husband Toby and ‘studio manager’ Jack the dog; I used the studio as a place to keep warm during the winter cottage renovations. Internal building work now completed, the studio has reverted to being a welcoming space to create new designs. I’ve been so lucky, I’m so much more productive in this space, and I can’t wait to share some of the new work I have made since moving in to the studio’

During the two day studio opening I’ll  show new J.C. Middlebrook lace- including lace jewellery, framed lace pieces and PorceLace ceramic items. Alongside working demos, Open Studios visitors will be able to chat with me about my process and inspirations. My mum will be on hand with the teapot, providing light refreshments- all proceeds from which will go to Ashlea school, for children and young people with special needs.



Open Studios Notts 2016‘Open Studios Notts’, in its fifth year, is a series of linked events organised and run by artists & makers across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham between 30 April and 12 June. There are also supporting exhibitions at Patchings Art Centre (from 16 April) and four county libraries (from 24 April), showcasing the work of participating artists.

Over 300 creative practitioners are involved at 60 venues. About half are in studios and small group events, with the other half in larger events: Lady Bay Arts Festival on 14-15 May, Retford Festival on 28-30 May and Wysall Art Fair on 14-15 May. All of these events are opportunities for artists & makers to meet the public, to talk about their work and, wherever possible, to demonstrate or illustrate something of their rich variety of creative practice. Demonstrations, activities and mini-workshops are often part of the mix and most events are free (a few make a small entry charge to help cover their costs). In addition to all of this, the Patchings Festival coincides with the last of the events, running from 9-12 June, with over 200 exhibitors from around the country.

A 32-page brochure describing the events is freely available in libraries and other outlets around the county, and there is more information at, where there is a timeline of events and you can download the brochure.

We hope you enjoy visiting, meeting with and viewing the work of this sample of Nottinghamshire’s rich pool of creative talent.

Open Studios Notts is a volunteer led, not-for-profit initiative, that gratefully acknowledges the support given by Nottinghamshire County Council, ‘Inspire’, the Patchings Art Centre and Nottingham City Council.

Contact Details:

Michael Trueman

01636 812279

[email protected]

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