BY LINDA FOO GUEST
THIS year’s Wirral Open Studio Tour returns with a call for artists to get involved.
Preparations are under way to organise the popular arts trail which sees sculptors, painters, designers and potters opening their doors to display their work to the public.
Artists taking part in the event will be scattered around the peninsula in studios, living rooms and garden sheds.
Organised by artists for artists, the tour has run for the past five years and is now a regular fixture of the borough’s arts scene.
This is a chance for professional and semi-professional artists to show their work to the public.
This year's event will take place on the weekend of June 14 and 15.
Artist and committee member Dennis Spicer said: “We are inviting artists and craftspeople living or working on Wirral to get involved, particularly if you have not exhibited on the tour before.
“As one of the artists who took part in last year's event, we hope that you enjoyed the experience and invite you to join us again for another successful weekend of art on the Wirral.
“The idea is that you open up your homes, studios or workspaces to the public so you can show and discuss your art in an informal matter.
“Many artists sell their work and accept commissions. Last year, several artists were offered solo shows in art galleries and other opportunities as a result of taking part.
“We will be working hard to publicise the event across Wirral and the surrounding areas. But we'd love to hear from people who can help with marketing in any way.”
The tour began life in 2009 as Artists In Our Midst, based around Hoylake and Meols. It was such a success that artists farther afield requested to join and it expanded to other parts of the borough in 2010.
Artists can register online by February 28 at www.wirralart.com – a fee of £45 covers production of brochures, publicity and website costs.