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10 highlights from Northants Open Studios

Want to bag a local masterpiece to brighten a bare wall? With artist open studios around the county throughout September, now's your chance.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an art connoisseur but can’t quite stretch to a Damian Hirst, try Northants Open Studios for something a bit more on budget and with less risk of needing to sell a vital organ, your children and the roof over your head.

This September, 72 artists around Northants are flinging open their studios for you to have a mooch, chat to the makers and, hopefully find something awesome for your home, with 10 further exhibitions taking place at some of Northants’ most stunning spaces including Lamport Hall, Boughton House, 78 Derngate, Jeyes of Earls Barton, Abington Park Museum, Delapre Abbey and loads more.

Where to head first? Here are ten artists to get on your hit list.

Emma Saul, Lamport Hall

Emma’s dreamlike, half-remembered, half-abstract landscape paintings have a spontaneous and dreamlike quality, evoking or capturing a feeling rather than a precise place. It’s all about what you see in the painting that makes it come to life. Emma’s work will be on display as part of a group exhibition at the ever-gorgeous Lamport Hall, 24-26 Sept.

Broughs Handwoven, The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, Upper Stow

Hana Brough

We’re suckers for a spot of artisan craft, but when it comes in the form of super gorgeous luxe homewares then frankly we are sold. Hana Brough hand weaves beautiful textiles using British wool, organic cotton, raw silks and linens, and turns them in to unique homewares like cushions, throws and bags. Hana’s working studio will be open on 16, 17, 24 & 25 Sept.

Sarah Isua Amber, Lamport Hall

Isua Art

We are literally in love with Sarah’s captivating paintings of the Northampton Roller Derby team, Vendetta Vixens. They are so alive with movement, strength and attitude. Fancy having your portrait painted? Get in touch. She takes commissions. You can catch Sarah’s work as part of a group exhibition at Lamport Hall, 24-26 Sept.

Rosie Jarvis, Kettering

Rosie Jarvis

Rosie paints lush landscapes in acrylic, almost with a patchwork quilt vibe, colour-blocking and segmenting the image. You’ll find paintings of local landscapes as well as more far flung spots and few domestic and still life scenes. You can also nab gorgeous greetings cards too. Rosie’s painting studio will be open 17-19 Sept.

Jack Watto, Lamport Hall

Jack Watto

How cheeky is this painting by Kettering artist Jack Watto? We love Jack’s figurative work and portraiture, which really capture the humour and humanity of his subjects. You can catch some of Jack’s stunning and accomplished work as part of the group exhibition at Lamport Hall, 24-26 Sept.

Lisa Timmerman, Foxton, Market Harborough

LISA TIMMERMAN

Lisa’s studio is actually just the other side of Market Harborough but, if you’re up that way, it’s certainly worth a visit. Lisa’s evocative paintings are studies of the natural world around her: koi carp, pond reflections, garden flowers… You can cough up for an original painting (well worth it IMO) or opt for a more budget-friendly print. The studio is open weekends throughout September.

Stella Benford, Burton Latimer

Stella Benford

Working in a huge array of media including clay, wood, metal and found objects, as well as more traditional media like oil paints, Stella also makes incredible ceramic towers and uses some really interesting and experimental methods, so well worth a visit to Stella’s inspiring studio space, which is open 25 & 26 Sept.

Janye Creer, Lamport Hall

Jayne Creer

Jayne Creer’s vibrant and fun paintings are bursting with colour and humour. Animals peer playfully out of the canvas with lifelike charm and these fabulous pieces are guaranteed to cheer up a drab wall. Jayne’s work will form part of the group exhibition at Lamport Hall, 24-26 Sept.

Rah Flynn, 78 Derngate, Northampton

Rah Flynn

Not sure we’ve ever seen this super slick technique used in a fine art practise before. A Diagnostic Radiographer by profession, Rah Flynn uses x-rays, monochrome photography and digital painting techniques to produce stripped back and beautifully poetic images showing objects at their most raw and unembellished. Head to 78 Derngate for a free exhibition of Rah’s imagery, running until 20 Sept.

Julie Aves, Kettering

Julie Aves

We are slightly obsessed with the iridescent shimmer of Julie Aves enamelled copper bowls and jewellery, which resemble magnified beetle wings. Julie will be demonstrating the innovative techniques she’s developed at her open studio in Kettering on 25 & 26 Sept.

Want to get hands on?

From paper making, to wood carving, still life drawing (no sniggering at the back, please) and felting, there are loads of opportunities to bring out your creative side at various studios around the county. See if anything inspires here: Workshops & Events.

Check out the rest of our amazing local talent at Northants Open Studios throughout September.

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