There is a cluster of studios and galleries at Layby Farm near Stoke Mandeville, ideal for viewing a wide range of high quality work and sourcing gifts 'of the Chilterns'. At the heart of the complex, you’ll find the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild featuring the work of artists based in and around the Chilterns. It provides a year-round showcase and the opportunity to meet the makers. The Guild has a permanent shop at Layby Farm which is also home to other galleries and studios including; Obsidian Art, Fabric HQ, Freya Jones Spinning & Fibrecraft and By Hands Books.
The beautiful Hambleden Valley is home to many artists, their studios tucked away down twisty country lanes. In the village of Turville (opposite the Bull & Butcher pub) you’ll find Turville Studios , six working studios occupied by local artists, creating and showcasing works in various media, from fine art to photography, printmaking and ceramics. The studios will be open to the public on the first Saturday of every month, visitors will be able to drop in to see the artists at work, view and potentially purchase work. In the nearby village of Hambleden there is a monthly Local Producers Market where several local makers sell their work.
Our Chilterns market towns are a good place to seek out local art and crafts with their speciality shops and galleries. Princes Risborough has a range of creative shops including Sally's Sewing Box, a haberdashery, fabric and wool shop which also offers courses. Local artist Barbara Shaw creates Chilterns art in textiles, using fabric like paint to construct collage pictures, like the one of Coombe Hill in the picture shown. By hand-stitching or bonding, many small pieces of fabric together in layers, she creates her desired effect. Her work can be seen at Cymbeline Arts & Cards on Princes Risborough High Street, she also frequently exhibits, see here for details. (Photo: Coombe Hill by Barbara Shaw).
There are many art shows and events in the Chilterns, ranging from large regional events such as Bucks Art Weeks to smaller community events. These events often take place in beautiful and interesting locations, a great way to get off the beaten track and see the hidden Chilterns. See here for full details.
Image: Bucks Art Weeks