Many of the open studio artists are highly regarded in Wiltshire, nationally and internationally for excellence in their field.  The artists on our art trails have been selected for their high standards and are often available for private commission.  Here are a handful of case studies from the artists listed with us. From bespoke glass panelling, furniture and stone carvings to exquisite woodwork, portraiture and painting, Marlborough Open Stuios is your one stop place to research artists and crafts people.

Should you be interested in commissioning any of the artists listed in our directory please contact them directly from the information on their listing.


JANE RICKARDS
'THE STORY OF A PUBLIC ART COMMISSION'

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After completing the ‘Templar Stone’ commission in 2004 I was invited by Swindon Borough Council, on behalf of David Wilson Homes, to consider submitting a sculptural design for their new housing development called Alexandra Park, south of Wroughton, near Swindon in Wiltshire. It was to be situated on the site of the recently demolished ‘Princess Alexandra RAF Hospital’ which had served the local civilian, as well as the military, community, and for which feelings still ran high...

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MELISSA COLE - BLACKSMITH
'IS IT A TABLE?  IS IT ART?  ACTUALLY, IT’S BOTH!'

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Have you ever thought about commissioning an artist to create a one-off and bespoke piece of furniture for your home?  Does that sound like something that 'other people' do?  Well, that’s what I thought…but we have done just that and are now the proud owners of atable that is a handcrafted showpiece –and definitely a one-off.   It has been forged from raw steel by Melissa Cole – one of the country’s few women blacksmiths, whom we discovered living just down the road, and who brilliantly interpreted our slightly muddled ideas...

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LISI ASHBRIDGE - LETTER ARTIST
'First Sealing Stone in a long, long time' 

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During Open Studios in 2014, I was approached and asked whether I would be interested in designing and cutting the first sealing stone to go into the All Cannings Long Barrow. Tim Daw (www.thelongbarrow.com), our local landowner, has fulfilled his life-long ambition and built the only modern long barrow in the UK, here at All Cannings, using Neolithic building methods and materials, resulting in a restingplace with a sacred atmosphere. A long barrow is a place where cremated remains in urns are kept in individual niches, which are then, in turn, sealed with an engraved stone. It is open to anyone, irrespective of religion or beliefs...

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AMY ROBSON – Painter
‘Commissioned Painting within Commissioned Painting’

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I was commissioned by two friends to paint a London interior as a gift for a mutual American friend.  She was moving back to Charleston, South Carolina after over twenty years of living in the UK. The client had a much-loved and beautifully decorated home in south London so an oil painting of it was hopefully going to make a perfect memento of her time in London...

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MARK SOMERVILLE - Photographer
'Arctic Star Medal - A Public Commission'

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These portraits are selected from a Wiltshire Council commission in partnership with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and the Heritage Lottery Fund to photograph the 33 remaining Wiltshire based recipients of the Arctic Star medal. The men were conscripted or volunteered to serve as Merchant Seamen on the Atlantic Convoys during WWII. Most were in their late teens at the time and endured great hardships in their day to day lives at sea whilst being under constant threat...

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SIMONE DAWOOD - PAINTER
'The Uffington White Horse Commission'

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"Simone’s work has a wonderful way of portraying a sense of place in just a few strokes. We instantly recognised The Ridgeway near Wayland’s Smithy as a place we had recently walked along. We liked the painting so much we commissioned Simone to paint a picture of the UffingtonWhite Horse. She enthusiastically took on the challenge and we are thrilled with the result. She has captured the essence of the landscape in a wonderful way and it was a joy working with her on the piece." ...The Client

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