I’m very (almost squeakily) excited to announce that I’ll be moving to the Gallery Studio, at Holtby Studios, at the end of September 2019.

While I absolutely love my beautiful studio in Castlegate House, and I’ll be sad to go, it’s time to move on to pastures new. Good, realistically-priced studio space is scarce in York, so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

I’m moving to a dedicated creative space that has great north light, is about the same space as my current studio and is quick and easy to get to from York. There will be other artists and makers on site (another painter, a sculptor and a ceramicist), so lots of opportunity for collaboration, shared events and creative chats over coffee.

The studio was built by Mick and Sally Arnup in the 1950s and they lived, worked and raised their family there. Following Sally’s death, Hannah, her daughter, has taken it on and will be running it as an artist’s studio complex. She will be working from Sally’s old sculpture studio, next to mine, dividing her time between Holtby Studios and Ballymorris Pottery in Co. Clare.  The space I’m moving in to was Mick and Sally’s gallery space, the next studio up was Mick’s pottery and above that, the kiln room – I felt the studio’s happy and creative past as soon as I stepped through the door, and fell in love with it!

It has changed its name from Arnup Studios to Holtby Studios, to reflect its new chapter.

The picture above shows the Gallery Studio it as it is now – much loved, but in need of a bit of TLC. The Gallery Studio will be having some building work done on it over the summer, to fix the roof, add a sink and tidy it up, so I’ll post pics of its progress as we go along.

I’ll be at Castlegate House until the end of September, so come along and see me at my open studio event in August. The studio will be open 23–26th August, 10am–5pm. Lynne Roebuck, will also be exhibiting her en plein air paintings in the studio with me, and Castlegate House will be holding an Open House day on Sunday 25th. I’ll have more info about the new studio and pics to show you.

More will be revealed in due course. It promises to be an exciting year!

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Meanwhile in Castlegate House…

The move will  force me to clear out my dreaded ‘cupboard of doom’. I’m guaranteed to moan about this a lot, so please offer moral support, and possibly a hug and some gin when I finally pluck up the courage to open the door (thank you in advance).