Northants Open Studio Trails (NOST) Launch Day

Published: Monday, 22nd August 2016

Alfred East Art Gallery & Manor House Gardens. Saturday 27 August, 11am – 4pm

Northants Open Studio Trails (NOST) is the largest visual arts event of its kind in Northamptonshire, launching with a host of activities and entertainment for the family. NOST enables members of the public to see some of Northamptonshire’s finest artworks as artists invite you into their studios to witness first-hand the inspiration and motivation that drives them to create.

Northants Open Studio Trails runs from 1st until 30th September, with a central exhibition (featuring a piece of artwork from each participating artist) running from 27th August until 1st October at the Alfred East Art Gallery. 

Visitors can tour the county visiting studios and exhibitions hosted by artists. Step inside a pottery studio, discuss carving with a stonemason or watch demonstrations of painting, printmaking and traditional crafts.

NOST Launch Event: 27 August
NOST kicks off with a launch event on Saturday 27th August (11am - 4pm) in the Manor House Gardens with pop up exhibitions, live demonstrations, free drop in workshops and entertainment for all ages, throughout the day.

At the launch event, visitors can enjoy artists’ demos in the gardens, as well as some free children’s workshops including pottery and Little Draw, a community drawing project. For our adult visitors there is the chance to take part in THE BIG PAINT, a collaborative community art project.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 

“NOST provides a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome visitors to the area and showcase an impressive variety of artwork across the county.”

Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said:

“It’s a huge honour for the Alfred East Art Gallery to host the central exhibition for Northants Open Studio Trails and I’m excited for it to begin. The big launch looks set to be a wonderful event for the whole family so make sure you’re there to witness the creative talent across the county.”

Central Exhibition: 27th August - 1st October
The Alfred East Art Gallery will be hosting the Central Exhibition for Northants Open Studio Trails this year from the 27th August – 1st October.  This is a great place to see examples of each participating artist’s work in one room. It is hoped that the exhibition will inspire visitors to get out and about around the county to visit studio spaces and follow the trails of their choice.

You can find out more about NOST and download the full brochure of all of the events around the county at