This is the second time that The Ropewalk has held such an open day and Managing Director Liz Bennet is hoping that this year’s event will be just, if not more, successful than the first open day two years ago.
“We want to show visitors exactly what goes on daily behind the doors of this Grade Two listed building – not just in the galleries, exhibition spaces, Coffee Shop and Museum,” she said.
“Our Open Day is the ideal opportunity to take a close look at The Ropewalk’s artists’ studios, the creative business units or the facilities which are available for hire,” she continued.
Various artists including Melanie Rainbow, Wendy Chan, Janine Knight and Michael and Helen Scrimshaw will be opening up their studios and three tenants in the Creative Industries units will also be opening their doors. Knitter and wool producer Alison Casserly will be demonstrating her work, milliner Rosalie Marwood-Miller will be giving hat fitting demonstrations and couture dressmaker and designer Jane White will be sharing her expertise.
In addition, Nigel Brown of the Nigel Brown Cookery Academy will be giving demonstrations and Neo Heny will be giving yoga taster sessions in the morning between 10am and noon.
“We will also be welcoming Barton’s Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Oxley, and her consort, Cllr John Oxley, along with their Civic Party during the day,” Liz went on.
The Ropewalk will be open from 10am until 4pm and admission is free.