Hadleigh Old Fire Station Open Studios Weekend

See the HOFS artists at work 8th-9th October, 2011

Barry Andrews posing in his studio
Tony Manning
Hashim Akib's studio at HOFS
Lynda Manning
Hashim Akib's studio
Lynda Manning
Hashim Akib's studio
Lynda Manning

As part of the Hadleigh Art Trail artists at Hadleigh Old Fire Station (HOFS) opened their studios to the general public for one weekend.  They also provided a children’s art workshop.  The event was a great success.

Here are just some of the comments taken from the Visitors’ Book over the weekend:

  • Something everyone can share
  • Needed to be advertised — big banners would help
  • Excellent to see art and creativity in Hadleigh
  • Brilliant use of the Fire Station
  • Brilliant to have a place like this in Hadleigh
  • Incredible use of the building — really great artists
  • More exhibitions coming?
  • Fab — great to see inside studios
  • About time too
  • Good to see so many people interested in the Old Fire Station and Art Trail
  • This is Real Hadleigh regeneration
  • Best thing to happen in Hadleigh for ages
  • Pity shop venues were closed (on Sunday)
  • Lovely — keep this space please — makes Hadleigh lovely
  • Loved chatting to the artists — enjoyed seeing the studios

I found visiting the artists’ studios a real delight.  I was amazed at the variety of styles and materials used by the HOFS residents. The use of oils, acrylics, watercolours, canvas, paper, metal and film were all evident.  I was particularly attracted to the bright, bold work of Hashim Akib.

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