AN EVENT that invited the public to view works of art in the settings in which they were created has proved such a hit that the number of exhibitors could almost double next year.
Harrow Open Studios was held between June 5 and June 9 and saw 24 professionals - including painters, ceramists, sculptors, jewellery designers and even a blacksmith - put their compositions on display in their own homes or workshops.
Visitors were encouraged to call by them to browse the artworks, speak to the artists and even buy a piece or order a commission.
Tim Oelman, publicity officer for the inaugural project, said: "We think we put on a good show. We have had a very successful weekend.
"We had about 75 people through the doors. The sort of people who came were interested in art and tended to be familiar with the format of open studios.
"They were spending time to look and appreciate the art.
"There was definitely a sense of treasure trail mentality going on because visitors were doing all the venues in Hatch End or Pinner.
"Others just visited a few places."
"We have also got the numbers of 20 artists who want to participate next time."