Diana’s all fired up

Bucks Open Studios – the largest visual arts event in the region – continues this week, giving you a heap of opportunities to connect with some of the many talented creatives based here in Milton Keynes.

“Bucks Open Studios has grown in every way year on year – more participants, more venues and more visitors – and we want to make sure that it continues to gain in popularity with the public,” said joint chairmen of BOS, Bob and Ann Marshall.

“Artists and makers in Buckinghamshire are very grateful for the support that they receive from the public and we are sure that Bucks Open Studios will continue to prosper.”

Full details of all those participating in and around Milton Keynes – including abstract painter David Slack, MK Printmakers and wildlife painter Cate Wetherall – are a click away at www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk

There is an MK art trail too, so hit up the site for the full gist.

>Diana Tonnison will be hosting an outdoor Raku glaze firing demonstration as part of BOS, on Saturday– so long as the weather shines on the day!

The outdoor firing demo – at 6 Weavers End, Hanslope – is open to visitors, and children will be able to glaze a ceramic item.

Diana’s ceramics and paintings will be on display and for sale during the session, running between midday and 5pm.

> If you haven’t already popped into MK Gallery for a look at the current exhibition by Melanie Smith, the clock is ticking – doors close on the display on Sunday.

> Art work by pupils from Two Mile Ash primary school is currently occupying MK Gallery’s Project Space.

Creative Classrooms is the result of a collaborative process between the art-house and the pupils, who are aged between seven and 11 years old.

Getting creative was easy – they explored the Greeks through clay, citiscapes through experimental painting, the Tudors through portraiture and the World Cup through colourful installations.

Nyla Pradel is Art Coordinator at the school: “It was great to see how working with contemporary artists has prompted the teachers to try something new in the classroom and enriched the art curriculum at our school,” she said.

You have until June 22 to pop into the Theatre District location for a look.