This year York Open Studios profiles the work of two final year BA (Hons) Contemporary 3D Crafts students from York College, mother and son Cheryl and Jake Colley. Their art work will be exhibited in the Briar House Resources Club Chambers in Museum Street.
Cheryl makes vibrant and colour fused glass panels and pictures created from new and used materials, inspired by recycled fabrics and patchwork designs from India. Whereas Jake’s work shows a range of interior lighting units which bring traditional materials and contemporary design practice together through craftsmanship and modern design thinking.
York Open Studios is an established annual event in Yorkshire’s cultural calendar showcasing a selected group of professional local artists who open their studios, homes and exhibition spaces to the public. Out of the 90+ artists featured in this year’s event, more than 20 of them study (or have studied), work (or have worked) at York College.
Says Helen Ventress, Head of Division for Art & Design at York College: “York Open Studios provides a wonderful, inspiring opportunity to celebrate the artistic talent in the city. It is fantastic to know that a large proportion of the work on display has been nurtured by the College’s Art & Design Division. Our students and staff produce really excellent work and I am delighted their expertise is recognised as part of this year’s event.”
York Open Studios takes place over two weekends; 17th to 19th April and 25th/26th April. Information detailing participating artists, locations and opening times is available from the York Open Studios website: www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk