The central heating’s off, the swallows are here, the bluebells are stunning, and fairs and festivals are planned at venues across the region – it must be summer! And what a summer it promises to be on the arts front. In this issue of Venue we have reports of major international events and regional shows, as well as news from individual artists and galleries.
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Hatfield House’s Art in Clay show comes of age this year with its 21st presentation of this remarkable showcase of work by some 200 selected international makers. It’s a magnet for serious ceramics collectors, but most importantly it is also
a great opportunity for all of us to meet the makers, talk about their work, and even to try our hand at throwing a pot or modelling with clay.  
This interaction with artists is very much a feature of Summer, when many of them open their studios to us, and when town festivals and art trails such as the well-established Burnham art trail offer us the chance to see and buy original work of some of the best local artists, not just in their studios but on the high streets in shop windows, gardens, churches, cafes and similar accessible and well-signposted venues. Performing artists can also be found out and about with their own offerings of theatre, music, dance, and film in the sun or under the stars.
Seeing the creativity of others often inspires us to get in touch with our own creative side, and there are good opportunities to do this during this ‘open season’. Curwen Print Study Centre, for instance, gives us the opportunity not only to see the studio but also to talk to tutors about the courses on offer – something for all ages and ability. A number of galleries now also offer talks and workshops
alongside their exhibitions. And, of course, our excellent learning establishments in the region will be announcing their arts courses, both academic and recreational, for the year beginning in September.
London, as always, offers an amazing programme of arts and culture events in the Summer, and with the long school holidays, it is often the time we choose to make a trip to town. We’ve picked out a few events in our London Beat columns that would certainly make the effort worthwhile, but with so much on offer, it’s a good idea to do a bit of further research before making plans. If you want to avoid the school holiday period and are interested in design, the London Design Festival in September
is likely to appeal – more than 300 events and exhibitions held in venues across the capital ranging from major museums and exhibition halls to hundreds of individual studios and galleries.
So, with so much going on we should be all set
for a splendid Summer – let’s hope the weather plays ball . .
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Fran Goss Editor
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Grayson Perry supports the Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind.
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