Fifty two artists will be displaying their work in 44 studios across 24 locations as the 130-year-old tradition of Open Studios, which began in St Ives, continues at this year’s September Festival.

The first Open Studio programme took place in St Ives in 1889 when artists sending their work for display at the Royal Academy in London held an open day to show their work in the town.

This year, for the first time, art enthusiasts be able to sample a taste of the work of all the artists under one roof as each is displaying one piece at a special exhibition at the Salvation Army Hall on The Wharf.

Savannah Overy, the St Ives September Festival’s Open Studios co-ordinator, said: “Open Studios is a always an integral part of the Festival with artists opening their creative spaces for the public to pop in for a chance to talk about their processes as well as to explore their work.”

Venues will range from the garden studios of neighbours Sally McCabe and Sarah Jane Disley in Bullans Terrace to the larger places like Back Road Artworks and the Gaolyard Studios in Dove Street.

Making her St Ives Open Studios debut is jewellery designer and maker Kirsty Bridgewater, who opened her new studio and workshop in Bedford Road earlier this year.

Kirsty was brought up in the old fisherman’s quarter of Downalong in St Ives and returned to her hometown after working in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Most studios will be open from 10am to 5pm on the official Open Studios dates of Wednesday September 12, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Wednesday 19. The festival runs from September 8 to 22.