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Sculptures by ceramicist and illustrator Jacqui Melhuish, whose work can be seen at The Food Gallery, High Street, Marlborough

Marlborough’s business community becomes one big art gallery

Marlborough town centre will turn into one big art gallery this week, as almost 40 shops and offices give up windows and wall space to local artists.

Windows on Art creates a diverse trail of paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and even metalwork by a local blacksmith.

The initiative – now in its sixth year – is organised by Marlborough Open Studios, and gives art lovers the chance to sample the huge array of artistic styles on offer prior to planning their visits to studios.

This year, 43 artists will be throwing open their doors in 30 locations in and around Marlborough. Galleries and studios are open on Saturdays and Sundays from June 29 to July 21.

Windows on Art venues are open during normal shop and office hours.

For more information, including art trail maps, log on to


Photographer snaps up coveted spot

Photographer James Hourd with Steve TuddenhamLandscape photographer James Hourd is used to scouting out the best spot for his pictures, so he would have been off his trolley to turn down a pitch in Marlborough’s busiest shop doorway.

Around 27,000 people a week will pass five portraits by Minal-based artist James, seen on the left wheeling a six-foot long picture of the bluebells at West Woods into position, aided by Waitrose departmental manager Steve Tuddenham.

Shoppers will also be able to see his photographs of Avebury Stones and Two Mile Down in Wiltshire, and Cape Cornwall and the Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall. 

See more of James’ work at