Brid artists get involved with art showcase

Artists Matt French, Vicki Harrison-Sewell and Bob Smith
Artists Matt French, Vicki Harrison-Sewell and Bob Smith

Bridlington artists took part in the third East Yorkshire & Hull Open Studios event this year as 59 artists and galleries opened their doors to the public.

The East Yorkshire and Hull Open Studios is a diverse showcase of the region’s best talent in the visual arts.

Old Town Gallery was one of a number of Bridlington representatives to take part with 20 artists all under one roof.

Artist Matt French, 47, said: “This year has gone extremely well this year. The Old Town Gallery is always part of the exhibition as it has such a variety of art for the public to view.”

The artists displayed their work over the weekends of 11/12 and 18/19 October offering an insight into their working practices.

Vicki Harrison-Sewell, 65, said: “The art displayed is at a high standard and it is fantastic to see people supporting local artists which is exactly what we are after.

“The amount of artists here highlights the different types of art out there that can be seen.”

The people of East Yorkshire and Hull were able to view a range of art including painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and textiles.

Bridlington based Bob Smith, 77, feels the event is vital for Bridlington art industry. He said: “This kind of event is very important for the area. It is a chance to showcase the art scale in Bridlington.

“To my knowledge, this is the only co-operative gallery in the whole of the East Riding and we’re really lucky to have this facility in Bridlington.”

Other participants in Bridlington included Sharon Winter, Jenny Morten, Diane Leach, Lynne Porter, Rosemary Abrahams and Leanne Broadbent.

Open Studios also had a designated space at the Artwaves at Bridlington Spa this month.

Old Town Gallery is open seven days a week between 10am and 4pm.