A TREAT is in store for art fans this weekend, as Marlborough Open Studios gives visitors a chance to see the work of more 50 artists, working in a variety of media.

The studios are open this weekend, then the weekends of July 21-22 and 28-29, from 11am to 5pm.

Open Studios is an annual opportunity to meet amateur and professional artists living and working in the beautiful North Wessex chalk downs, and to visit their studios, workshops or pop-up galleries over the last four weekends in July. There is no charge, just drop in when the artist is open.

The studios are scattered across the North Wessex downs, from Sandy Lane in the west to Hungerford in the east, from Chirton in the south to Hodson, near Swindon, in the north.

Bryan Hanlon is opening his studio in Hodson and will be showing both paintings and sculpture. The paintings are mainly still life and landscapes, his still life paintings influenced by objects found in the countryside between his home and studio, such as an emerging flower, a discarded feather, rose hips, or bird’s nest. The sculptures, limited edition bronzes, are inspired by birds, his first love.

For more information about Marlborough Open Studios, artists and opening times, visit marlboroughopenstudios.co.uk.