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posted by Tessa Webb on Thursday, 30 October 2014

The NCUB has asked me to write another blog to help undergraduates get ready for the workplace.

The National Centre for Universities and Business has commissioned me to write about student employability.

Claire, the owner of Two Ducks (a lovely company selling beautiful British gifts) has inspired me to write this blog. On returning from the New Des


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cotswold open studios


  • Promoting the visual arts in the Cirencester area
  • Showcasing exciting selections of professional artists, designers and makers, alongside up-and-coming businesses
  • Opening up new business opportunities for creative people

Throughout history, the Cotswolds have attracted a huge variety of gifted people, from architects to furniture makers, from potters to printmakers and from textile designers to artists. There is a wealth of talented craftspeople and artists in the Cirencester area. For the very first time in 2010, some of them threw open their doors to the general public. Many of them are known nationally and even internationally, and yet the people of Gloucestershire have not known about them. Hidden Treasures is a ground-breaking group of artists, designers and makers who want to share a little of what they have with their neighbours. Find out more about the 2013 event here.

'We want to make this biennial as diverse as possible, with a high-quality selection each year. This way, local people will get the opportunity to uncover new talent and invest in home-grown design each year. It is so important to preserve these unique skills and support our local rural economy. I have really enjoyed digging up all this gold! I hope local people take great pleasure in this journey of discovery. Many of our visitors had travelled miles, from as far away as Worcestershire, Cheshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Bristol, Lancashire, Somerset, Surrey, Nottinghamshire, Wales, London, Sussex and Hampshire. The South West is packed with people working in the creative industries. When times are hard we need to be resourceful and create a pleasurable and educational experience. We have all really enjoyed working together and we now have a strong professional network here.'  Tessa Webb, Director

Current Cotswold Open Studios management team

Tessa Webb: director

Richard Kenton Webb: curator

Vanessa Arbuthnott: selection and publicity

Information on past events

Hidden Treasures 2010

Hidden Treasures 2011

Hidden Treasures 2013

Our three awards

Awarded PR and Marketing Campaign of the Year by the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce, 2012 and 2014.

Runner-Up in the Cirencester Scene Creatives Champion Award, presented by the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce, 2013.

Our next event, 27-28 June 2015

If you would like to be considered for our next event, 27-28 June 2015, please fill in this application form and return with two images and your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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