More than 200 artists across 32 venues will be opening their doors this July as part of the Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival. Spread across Lower Higham, Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham, the annual Festival is the largest art trail of its kind in the area.

Now in its second year, the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival has doubled in size since its conception in 2012. Taking part throughout the week, from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July, will be 14 individual artist venues, seven artist group venues, three art events, three schools, three festival exhibitions, two community groups and a Makers Market.

Founder and Festival Director, Heather Burgess, is thrilled by the speed the Festival is growing. “I started the Festival because I wanted to reach out to the non-arts community and promote the huge creative bustle in Medway. The best feedback is often by long-time Medway residents, who have discovered new opportunities, made friends in their local community and learnt about facilities they never knew existed- right on their doorstep.”

Open studio festivals take place throughout the Country and are enjoyed by art enthusiasts and non-art lovers alike. There’s no pressure to buy or have any previous knowledge of art, you can simply enjoy a day out with a difference. The free art trail is fun for all ages and the range of work on show means there is something for everyone.

To provide a taster of what to expect from the open studio artists three Festival exhibitions are planned. Work by participants from across the Festival will be on display in The Deaf Cat Gallery & Café, Walderslade Library and Lordswood Library throughout July. If you like what you see, you can then visit the artist during their open studios for more.

The Festival runs from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July 2013. For more information please visit http://www.medwayopenstudios.co.uk

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