This year’s largest ‘visual arts event’ in Bucks starts this weekend and it is set to be the 'biggest one yet.'

Bucks Open Studios has announced that its 2016 event will be its biggest to date following a record number of entries from artists and makers across the county.

The annual art event, which is also one of the biggest in the country, will include a record-breaking 323 entries made by more than 500 artists including glass workers, ceramicists, jewellery makers, photographers, painters and print makers.

The event will take place from Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, June 26 and will see the participants opening their studios to the public for free demos, workshops and exhibitions.

Bucks Open Studios organisers Bob and Ann Marshall said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that this is going to be our biggest year so far. Entries from artists and groups across the county flooded in and we are delighted to welcome both our new creative talent as well as artists and makers who have been doing the event for many years.

“We also have a great spread of talent across all disciplines and geographical locations and have actually doubled the number of participants in the Milton Keynes area which is all fantastic news for our visitors.

“This is a great endorsement of the popularity and professionalism of the event and we hope to top the 48,000 visits from members of the public at our 2015 event. It’s never too early to start planning your visits.”

One group taking part in the show is the Birchwood Painters, based at Birchwood Scope Home in Fullers Close, Chesham.

Birchwood Painters is a group of artists with disabilities, comprising six who paint regularly and other members at Scope home who participate from time to time.

Delighted to be exhibiting in their Winter Garden studio for the sixth year, they have put together a collection of recent work.

Since their last exhibition at Chesham Museum in October 2015, the painters have been inspired by visits to the Royal Academy of Art and the Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

Mark Urwin, renowned for his Last Supper painting, can be seen visiting Ashridge woods with his care staff and volunteers, to put the finishing touches to a large painting commission he has been working on for more than six months.

The Bluebell Woods is an acrylic painting inspired by the local scenery of the Chiltern woodland in springtime.

The Birchwood Painters studio opening begins on Sunday, June 12 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Refreshments and demonstrations available throughout the week.

A full list of participating artists and locations is available at www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk.

Local artists taking part in Bucks Open Studios 2016

Amersham

Marjolein Trewavas - 29 Devonshire Close

Mark Newson - 20 Parkfield Avenue

Ruby Sharp - 20 Parkfield Avenue

Marjorie Waye - 51 Grimsdells Lane

Art Attak - Weavers Barn, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue

Tri-Art - Weavers Barn, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue

Simpatico and Katharine Parkin - St Michael and All Angels Church, Sycamore Road

Annet Stirling - 3 The Drive

Louise Madzia - 6 The Green

Qing Chen - 12 The Copse

Ann Marshall - Stanstead House, 106 Station Road

Bob Marshall - Stanstead House, 106 Station Road

Elizabeth Waumsley - 88 Station Road

Joy Johns - 89 Station Road

Studio 18 - Market Hall, 49 High Street

Matthew Mullins - Vine House, Cherry Lane

Beaconsfield

Susan Nowlan - 41 Gurnells Road

Varvara Neiman - Artnest Studios, Marlborough House, 45 Wycombe End

Claire Burke at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Giuliana King - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Jane Wilson at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Jo Hanrahan at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Paul Bell at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Trevor Crompton at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane

Studio 53 - Little Fieldhead, 53 Penn Road

Irene John - Old Dairy, Hedgerley Lane

Jordans

Anna Rootes - Ryecroft, Copse Lane

Heather Rootes- Ryecroft, Copse Lane

Jane Sandeman-Allen - Ryecroft, Copse Lane

Jennifer Collyer - Ryecroft, Copse Lane

Chalfont St Giles

Sylvia Valentine - 23 Deanway

Chesham Bois

Nathalie Pymm - 6 The Willows

Alison Berthelsen - Coniston, Chiltern Road

Elspeth Hector - Coniston, Chiltern Road

Rosemary Dwight - Elmley, 68 Clifton Road

Common Thread - 28 Bois Lane

Elaine Wells - 33 Bois Lane

Suzanne Raffellini - 33 Bois Lane

Chesham

Pam Page - Huge Farm, Bellingdon

Liz Raymond - Garden Studio, 4 Cheyne Walk

Jane Grant - Garden Studio, 4 Cheyne Walk

The Birchwood Painters - Birchwood Scope House, Fullers Close

Denise Williams - 5 Swan Close

Rhama Payne - 5 Swan Close

Bodenpress - Unit 3 Pentagon Place, Rear of 195 Berkhampstead Road

Coleshill

Mina and Rupa Davies - Mina Trading, The Luckings Estate, Magpie Lane

Farnham Common

Jon Willcocks, The Barn, Mead Farm, Beaconsfield Road

Gerrards Cross

Zoe Albright - Fairholme, 9 Copthall Lane

Great Missenden

Alphabet Soup - Alphabet Soup, 69 High Street

Candida Spencer - Alphabet Soup, 69 High Street

Dennis Keeling - 1 Church Street

Lisa Robson - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards

Michelle Hayes - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards

Shelley Jennings - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards

Wendy Johnson - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards

Roger Longdin, Carol Read, Richard Ballantyne - Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road

Penn

Tanya Tuckey - Hampdens, Church Road

Penn Street

Lilly Henry and Rookwood Studio Group, Laurel Lodge

Prestwood

Natalie Francis - 32 Fairacres

Francesca Foot - 82 Clare Road

Lynn Callaghan - 82 Clare Road

Winchmore Hill

Sabina Smith - Bluebell Studios, 10 The Hill