In 2017 local makers Chris Thompson and Judith Brown saw that creativity was blooming in Leek, with more and more artists and makers working locally, and they decided to put together an Open Studios event in May 2017 for the first time. Visitors were invited into studios and creative spaces for a unique opportunity to see people at their creative work. The first event was deemed a success with visitors and artists alike, with future potential, so a similar event followed in 2018.
In 2019 working together as a group it was decided to open up the event to more artists and makers by adding a two week Arts Trail in May, with work exhibited in the windows of shops and businesses in the centre of Leek, turning the streets into an open air art gallery.
Our events are artist led, self funded and independently run by a group of passionate artists and makers who put their time in voluntarily to build and grow events that benefit many and support the local economy.
2020 we ran an online event, Virtual Open Studios, which gave an insight into what we do. Now in 2022 we are back to a real event which will run in May. We are all looking forward to seeing everyone in person again.