Open Studios event 2017

Winter Open Studios

Visit Banks Mill Studios during our winter Open Studios event to meet over 50 artists, designers, makers and creative services providers. 

As well as seeing first hand how our artists create their unique designs and handmade products you can also buy original work directly from the artists themselves, something that can't be experienced on the high street.  Or meet one of our creative service providers to discuss how they can work with you; from branding and website design, digital and video promotion or photography services.

For the opportunity to win a prize donated by our artists and makers, pre-register to attend the event here

There will also be an on-site pop up cafe on Saturday and Sunday for you to recharge your batteries and a kids trail to keep our younger visitors engaged with the artwork.

Among the artists taking part you can see a variety of different disciplines including:

  • Jewellery
  • Glass 
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Art
  • Textiles & accessories
  • Magazine collage art
  • Wedding and fashion design
  • Graphic and digital design
  • Illustration
  • Film making
  • Make up design
  • Tattooing
  • Photography

You can easily spend the whole day wandering around this old Victorian rope factory, which was converted into studios nearly twenty years ago. 

  • Free entry
  • Onsite food and refreshments for purchase
  • Free prize draw
  • Kid's art trail

Banks Mill 2019 calendars have just gone on sale! Featuring work from 12 artists, designers and makers, the calendars are available as a desk calendar and an A4 wall calendar (each calendar features different artists' work). Fine out more

Please note that there is no lift in Banks Mill so there is limited access to the ground floor only for less abled visitors.

Car parking is available free at the Enterprise Centre (Bridge Street) and Lonsdale House (Quaker Way).  Local metered car parks include Chapel Street, Bold Lane, Brook Street and Ford Street.  Pay and display on street parking is available on Brook Street, Bridge Street and Nun's Street.  See our map for locations. 

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