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Worcestershire Open Studios - Bank Holiday Arts Festival

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Free Arts Show Fun For Bank Holiday
August Bank Holiday weekend will see photographers, artists and other creative locals exhibit their works for Worcestershire Open Studios.

Worcestershire open studios, worcester arts workshop , August bank holiday
Art exhibitions galore for Bank Holiday weekend


The popular free event takes place from August 26 to 28 across the county with 70 venues open from Alvechurch near Redditch to Ombersley, Worcester, Malvern and Evesham.

Alongside artist demonstrations and open galleries, there are also have-a-go craft sessions for all the family.

Among the exhibitors are Jain McKay, a painter/printmaker specialising in figurative work, and Emma Trimble, a photographer with strong black and white images. They are both sharing a studio space for this year's Worcestershire Open Studios and will be exhibiting at Worcester Arts Workshop over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Jain McKay and Emma Trimble are exhibiting together


Jain McKay's work concentrates on people and the behaviour they portray that gives away the inner beliefs - often allegorical sometimes symbolic, sometimes colourful sometimes monotone.

As a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), she exhibits extensively in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, selling work all over the world. Becoming obsessed by painting techniques of the Old Masters for her last show she continues to study and copy these techniques in a bid to become a better artist.

Jain McKay, painter and printmaker, worcestershire open studios,
Jain McKay with some of her work

McKay will be showing a range of work at Open Studios from small to large, paintings, prints and drawings.

Emma Trimble comes from a press background and worked as a staff photographer for the Birmingham Post and Mail for 10 years. Her exhibition work concentrates on the human form compared with porcelain figures and she can often be found photographing dolls in Key Hill Cemetery.

Trimble explores the relationship we have with dolls and whether beauty is only skin deep.

Emma says: "I like to challenge people's perceptions of beauty and delve into the darker depths of a human character trying to survive the humdrum."

Emma Trimble, photographer, worcestershire open studios, worcester arts workshop
Photographer Emma Trimble with some of her striking black and white images


Emma likes to make the viewer uncomfortable and to take them on a journey through the more sinister side of life. Her images vary from burning dolls to more innocent face painting and bondage through to body building - but you won't want to look away.

Together they recently took part in the FaB Fringe Arts Bath Festival with the show 'Bad Princess', which was curated by Midlands Art Collective 'ABOuT' (Artists Behaving Outrageously Together) back in May and June, Before that, 'Bad Princess' was in Frome at The Tower, Black Swan Arts Gallery in February.

McKay and Trimble will be at Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, as part of Worcestershire Open Studios from Saturday August 26 to Monday August 28 from 10am to 4pm each day.

Emma Trimble, worcestershire open studios, photographer work
Part of Emma Trimble's exhibition work


Worcester Arts Workshop,
21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH.

For the full Worcestershire Open Studios locations visit the event website.
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Why? Art exhibition weekend
When: August 26-28
Phone: 07495 365108
Where: Worcestershire including Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester
Cost: Free
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Looks like a great weekend!
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