Open Studios at Stanwick Lakes

Meet artists, watch them work and find out what inspires them!

Stanwick Lakes is really excited to be taking part in the Northants Open Studios Trail (NOST) this September. NOST is the largest visual arts event in the county and is a great way to witness at first hand the inspiration and motivation that drives artists to create.

Stanwick Lakes is a unique nature reserve and countryside attraction and its visitor centre is home to artists and crafts people all year round, but we thought NOST would be a great way to get them all together.

Drop in between 8th and 26th September and enjoy the work of four artists in the glass cabinets around the Visitor Centre. One of these artists is Katie King, Stanwick Lakes’ very own seasonal Education Ranger, who draws on her passion for the natural world to paint British wildlife in pen and watercolour. Ceramic Artist Lisa Igo, Button Artist Pauline Procter and Basketmaker Maggie Smith all have work on display, but you can also meet them in the Studio Space or go on one of their workshops. Between 11am and 2pm on the 21st, watch Pauline create with buttons, Maggie weave with willow on the 13th and Lisa sculpt clay on 14th and 20th. And, if you would like to try their crafts yourself, visit the What’s on page to book a place on one of their workshops.

Other artists in the Studio Space include acrylic, pastel and watercolour artists Lynn McIntosh (15th), Olga Earl (22nd) and David Miles (23rd) who will be painting as you watch… but are also happy to chat to you and answer questions about their work.

Olga and David will be joined by two more local artists; Maureen Parnell and David Hunt, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September for an exhibition of their work in the visitor centre function room. The exhibition is a delightful combination of landscapes, seascapes and wildlife in watercolour, pastels and oils.

At Stanwick Lakes, we are really keen to nurture people’s creativity and give them the chance to have a go themselves. There are a wide range of courses from crochet to needle felting, painting and pottery. The site is also the home of the Trading Places heritage project, which is funded by the Lottery to work with communities to explore their local heritage. As part of this they run courses in traditional craft skills and during NOST you can learn how to make a basket, a dry stone wall, or even your own pair of shoes!

NOST is not just for adults though and our younger visitors are also getting involved. At the Rainbow Cafe, the weekly craft and music club for pre-schoolers, the children are enjoying painting inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. The results were fantastic!

The usual car parking fee will apply when you visit Stanwick Lakes (£2.50 per car on weekdays) so why not make the most of your visit by having a walk around the lakes and tuck into lunch or an “Artist’s Afternoon Tea” in the Cafe?

To find out more about what’s on at Stanwick Lakes visit the website, the events section on the Stanwick Lakes facebook page, or pick up a brochure from the visitor centre.

For information about NOST and other Open Studios around the county click here.