Celebrating Open Studios

Sarah Flanagan painting in the style of Van Gogh

May is Open Studios month across Nottinghamshire and we’re celebrating here at beloved with an exhibition of artists and creators from Southwell and Upton who are opening their studios on the late Bank Holiday weekend 26 – 28 May.

beloved@thebarn will be open 10 am to 5pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday Weekend



On that weekend we’ll also have a number of artists at beloved@thebarn doing their ‘thing’ – photography, painting, collage, playing with mixed media materials, music and more.

All weekend
The Dream Tree – Life is Art; Paint Your Dreams
Collage your dream on a recycled CD and either hang it on our branch for all to share or take it home to keep inspiring you.  This activity is suitable for children.

Meet Claude – our avant guarde pooch and have a selfie with him. Claude is guarding our entry to the Gate to Southwell Festival ‘Decorate a Gate’ competition.

Art materials to test and buy – a chance to top up your creative toy box.

Hay at the Barn – a second-hand book stall to celebrate all things literary to coincide with the annual Hay Festival which runs from 24 May to 3 June.

Heart Art by Gilly Walker

 11 am – 1pm  Gilly Walker will be doing land art photography creating compositions with  pebbles, leaves and other natural materials.

1pm Rhydian Hapgood and Tim Hull of Six String Theory will be sharing their hauntingly beautiful acoustic music – ahead of their gig at Southwell library on June 9.

Through the day, Sarah Flanagan will demonstrate painting in the style of The Old Masters in acrylics. In the afternoon, Jo Munks will be doing easy mixed media work, sharing some rules for combining colours and weighting compositions to create pleasing results.


A segment of artwork created by Tina Bettison using Polyfilla

We will be playing with Polyfilla and other mixed media materials creating an abstract artwork.  Tina and Sarah will be also showing how you can recycle everyday stuff around the house to make your own collaged works of art.



11 am – 12.30 pm  Gilly Walker will be doing land art photography creating compositions with  pebbles, leaves and other natural materials.

Through the day, Sarah Flanagan will be demonstrating a variety of art materials. Tina Bettison will be painting a Galactic Guitar with acrylics.

With opportunities for you to have a go and join in, all we need is some fabulous weather to make it a great weekend! Come and share in the fun!


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