Mother Studios Essex Open Studios and Workshops


Mother Studios: Open Studios and Workshops:

To be held at Mother Studios, the Old Maltings, Station Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7RT.

Opening night: Friday 29 July 6pm – 9pm. Come and enjoy the art over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Saturday 30 July 11am – 6pm.

Sunday 31 July 11am – 5pm.

Mother Studios, situated in Ardleigh, Essex, is opening its 34 new art and craft studios to the public – featuring a fabulous selection of work by artists and makers from Essex and Suffolk. As part of the Open Studios weekend a series of 3 art workshops are being run at the nearby Ardleigh Village Hall by the renowned Essex artist, Nicola Burrell.



Saturday 30 July: ‘Hands on, make 3D sculptures. 2-5pm Ardleigh Village Hall. Drop in. For children and parents/grandparents. Tour of Mother Studios.

Sunday 31 July: ‘Pastel drawing class’. Bring your own picture to copy if you’d like. Not necessary! 2-5pm Ardleigh Village Hall. For retired and elderly. No booking needed. Tour Mother Studios and exhibit made works there.


Mother Studios was set up by the Essex based artist, Joanna Hughes, less than a year old, converted from an old Maltings Building. Joanna had been running a similar artists’ studio complex for a number of years before deciding to set up this enterprise in Essex. Clearly this has met the needs of local artists and makers, because already the studios are pretty much full and have been warmly welcomed by the local community. It is planned that, in addition to the 34 existing studios, there will be a café, gallery and project/training spaces.

Entrance to the studios and art workshops is free. Light refreshments will be available. Parking available on site. There are good opportunities for interviews and news features on TV and radio before, during or after the Open Studios weekend.


Contacts: Joanna Hughes, Founder of Mother Studios. 07968 760550.


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