Annual art event ‘Open Up Sheffield’ sees more artists than ever


By Kimmy Levey @FiziKizi

This weekend artists across Sheffield will be opening their studios to the public for the annual Open Up Sheffield event.

Set up in 1998, Open Up Sheffield is a chance for artists to showcase their work and skills to the public.

The free event allows people into the homes and workshops of artists for a rare insight into their world.

This year a record number of artists are taking part in the event, with 65 venues open to the public.

Phillip Lockwood, a committee member for the event believes that Open Up is important for raising awareness of art in Sheffield.

“It’s about awareness, get people aware of and value the art. Then people may be more prepared to pay a reasonable amount of money for artwork because at the moment it’s undervalued.”

Ruth Lockwood, 71, an artist taking part in the event said: “I think art enhances people’s lives. It just gives you a good feeling. It’s nice to be surrounded by nice things.”



The event will run over this weekend and next with more details on their website





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