Cambridge Open Studios is launching a partnership with bikes to help visitors to the annual art event travel between city centre studios with ease. The month-long summer art event, during which artists open their doors to the public, will take place over four weekends in July. It will feature an exciting range of exhibitions by 350 artists at 221 locations in the city and surrounding areas.
Now, using a code printed in the Cambridge Open Studios’ yellow guidebook, visitors will be able to claim five free one-hour ofo bike rides – meaning they can leave the car at home when going to the famous art event. The organisers of COS decided to join forces with ofo after updating their environmental policies for 2018.
Marion Curtis, board member of Cambridge Open Studios, said: “This partnership with ofo bikes shows our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our event. Hopefully, it will encourage people to try cycling in the city when they have never done so before.”
The yellow ofo bikes are easy to find as ofo has suggested parking areas around Cambridge including at Parker’s Piece, Cambridge Train Station and Cambridge North Station. They can also be located throughout the city using the ofo smartphone App. To claim your free rides, just enter the code printed in the Cambridge Open Studios guidebook.
Joseph Seal-Driver, General Manager of ofo UK, said: ”We’re delighted to support the arts and take part in this fantastic project. There’s no better way to get around a city than by bike and we’re thrilled that Cambridge has embraced ofo so strongly in the year since we launched.”
This year there are 87 Open Studios to visit in central Cambridge and Grantchester and a further 134 venues in the wider Cambridgeshire area – including a large cluster of studios in Ely.
Among the huge range of specialisms will be: fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture making, and more besides.
The weekends are: July 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29. Studios are open to visit between 11am and 6pm. However, as not all artists will exhibit every weekend it is important to check the website (www.camopenstudios.co.uk) or refer to the famous yellow guide. These guides will be widely available in local outlets including libraries, tourist information sites, galleries and selected shops. Cambridge Open Studios also now has an App to help visitors plan their days out. The App will be available to download now for both Apple and Android.