For the sixth year running, artists all over Kingston will be opening their homes and studios to the public in June.

Kingston artists prepare for Open Studios weekends in June

For the sixth year running, artists all over Kingston will be opening their homes and studios to the public in June. Right now they will be tidying up and putting the finishing touches to their work - ready for the two open weekends on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, and Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.

This year there will be over 70 painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, glass artists, and many others, taking part. Open Studios is a growing national movement, with towns all over the UK taking part at different points in the year, and is an opportunity for ther artists to share what they do with each other -  and of course the general public. Often working alone in their studios for most of the year, it’s great to spend two relaxing weekends sharing ideas and meeting customers. It is also an opportunity to show a wider range of work than they can in fairs and galleries, where space is limited.

Most of the artists sell their work and take commissions, and much of it is surprisingly affordable. You can buy a unique work of art - preferably for yourself – from a few pounds for cards and ceramics, to several hundred for original paintings. Some of the artists also sell their "seconds" and old work off cheaply.

Many of the artists are very successful, taking part in major exhibitions all over the world, including the prestigious Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, so as well as something you would love on your wall you may even be buying a future investment!

2016 is the biggest event yet, with 13 different venues opening their doors, including a ‘taster exhibition’ throughout the week of June 11th, held in the upstairs art space at Cass Art, in Kingston town centre. Providing you live in the area, you will receive a flyer through your door, or alternatively you can pick up a catalogue at Kingston museum, the library, Cass Art, Pullingers or one of the many cafes around town. A trail map is included, or can be downloaded from www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/show
So, go and see the artists - if you visit at least four venues, you’re in with a chance to win £100 worth of art.


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CYCLING

Walks

Kingston upon Thames - Chessington Olympian - 28 miler - Sunday 3 July 10.00am - Meet at Car Park, Chessington Community College Garrison Lane KT9 2JS - Register Online

Arbrook / Thames Ditton - 9 miles, 2 hills, Pace to suit - There is a bike available for loan, please phone 01372 474583 to book - Monday 4 July 10.30am - Meet at Arbrook Common car park, Arbrook Lane, Claygate, KT10 9EJ

WALKS

Walks

Wimbledon Common and Cannizaro Park - Wednesday 6 July 10.00am - Meet at Windmill Car Park, Wimbledon Common, SW19 5NR

PARKS & GARDENS

Parks And Gardens

The Circle Garden
What:
Private garden open to the public for chairty on behalf of NGS
Why: A welcoming front garden with cottage style planting leading to an unexpected rear garden with intriguing vistas where you will find herbaceous and annuals in mixed borders. Relax in the Japanese area, stroll through the potager and chat to the suburban hens.
When: Saturday 16 July 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: 33 Cambridge Avenue, New Malden KT3 4LD

EVENTS

Farnham Maltings Bookfair
Farnham Maltings Book FairWhat:
1000s of secondhand books offered for sale from 40 exhibitors.Prices range from a few pounds to a few hundred. Prices are set at a sensible level many bargains to he found. Professional dealers plus some casual sellers. Organised by Thames Book Fairs. Admission £1 per adult. 
Why: Fair held in an historic converted malt house, friendly, helpful exhibitors to help you find the books you want. Ideal for collectors and casual readers. Prices to suit all pockets. Free parking on site, two large car parks. Signposted from all roads into Farnham. Rest area with delicious refreshments. 
When: Sunday 3 July 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: The Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Red Lion Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR. Telephone 020 8224 3609. Email bbspjs@gmail.com. Visit www.booksinstore.co.uk

MORE EVENTS

Belvedere Tower - Enjoy stunning views from the Belvedere Tower across the Surrey countryside and towards London - Sunday 3 July 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Claremont Garden, Esher

Ignition Dance Festival - Sunday 3 July - Rose Theatre, Kingston

Berrylands Summer Festival - Sunday 3 July 11.00am - The Old Surbiton Lagoon, Stirling Walk, Surbiton

Claygate Country 5 - Sunday 10 July - Recreation Ground, Clayate

The International Youth Arts Festival Kingston
What:
A festival showcasing emerging artists
Why: Showcasing the best theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy, circus and spoken word from around the world, IYAF is fast becoming a mainstay on the arts festival calendar.
When: Friday 8 to Sunday 17 July
Where: Venues across Kingston

The Streets - Festival and vocal extravaganza - Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July - Various locations around Kingston

Have a Go Archery Day - Sunday 10 July 10.30am to 4.30pm - Claremont Garden, Esher

Jeremy Gee - Colourblind
What:
This exhibition represents a small selection of Jeremy's eclectic photographic work
Why: Featuring London, Kew, Richmond Park, Brighton, Natural History, Reflections, Textures and Frames within Frames.
When: Sunday 3 and Monday 4 July
Where: Rose Theatre Kingston

Matt Ward Exhibition - Sunday 3 to Sunday 31 July - The Cornerhouse Arts Centre, Surbiton

MUSIC

Steel Pans Concert - Sunday 3 July 12 noon to 3.00pm - Claremont Garden, Esher

North Kingston Choir - Saturday 9 July 4.00pm - The Cornerhouse Arts Centre, Surbiton

GIG GUIDE

Soul Rites - Sunday 3 July 3.00pm - Canbury Gardens Bandstand, Kingston KT2 5AU

Jammed - Sunday 3 July 4.00pm - The Oak, Kingston

Flossie Malavialle - Friday 8 July 8.15pm - Ram Club, Thames Ditton

Jump The Gun - Friday 8 July 9.00pm - Old Moot House, Kingston

Dutty Rascals - Friday 8 July 8.00pm - Ye Olde Swan, Thames Ditton

Kat & Co - Saturday 9 July 8.30pm - Grey Horse, Kingston

The Wilkins Micawber Collective - Saturday 9 July 8.30pm - Conservative Club, East Molesey

COMEDY

Andrew Ryan and Njambi McGrath - Saturday 2 July - The Cricketers, Kingston

Reg D Hunter - Wednesday 6 July 7.30pm - Fighting Cocks, Kingston

Grumpy Old Women - Jenny Eclair, Susie Blake and Kate Robbins - Thursday 7 July 8.00pm - Richmond Theatre

Andy Zaltzman and James Veitch - Friday 8 July - Grey Horse, Kingston

The Life and Rhymes of Abandoman
What:
Ireland's top comedy hip hop improv team, Abandoman, fresh from appearances on Channel 4's 8 Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown and BBC Radio 1's Fun And Filth Cabaret
Why: Using their trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Abandoman will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience's likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales
When: Friday 8 July 8.00pm
Where: Riverhouse Barn , Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF

Kerry Godliman - Monday 11 July 8.00pm - Fighting Cocks, Kingston

THEATRE

Much Ado About Nothing - Outdoor Theatre
What:
A mesmerising evening of authentic Shakespeare
Why: Performed in the beautiful gardens at Ham
When: Saturday 9 July 7.00pm
Where: Ham House And Garden

After Miss Julie - Monday 11 to Saturday 16 July - Richmond Theatre

French Without Tears - Thursday 30 June to Saturday 30 July - Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

ART

Jeremy Gee - Colourblind
What:
This exhibition represents a small selection of Jeremy's eclectic photographic work
Why: Featuring London, Kew, Richmond Park, Brighton, Natural History, Reflections, Textures and Frames within Frames.
When: Sunday 3 and Monday 4 July
Where: Rose Theatre Kingston

Matt Ward Exhibition - Sunday 3 to Sunday 31 July - The Cornerhouse Arts Centre, Surbiton