Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Swindon Open Studios 2010 - Information for Artists

Make sure your mark your diary to participate to:

The 2010 Swindon Open Studios
11th – 19th September 2010
Artists and craftspeople living in and around Swindon open their studios to the public in this popular annual event.
For further details visit http://www.swindonopenstudios.org.uk/.

Swindon Open Studios is open to artists living within a twelve-mile radius of Swindon. You may wish to open your studio to the public, or to display your work with others in a public space.

SOS is more than an exhibition: artists are encouraged to be on site and to discuss their work with their visitors. Artists can build on the event by demonstrating their practice or conducting workshops if they wish, and some provide refreshments for their visitors. The benefits to artists of taking part in Swindon Open Studios are considerable. The event gives tangible opportunities to raise each artist’s profile, gain valuable feedback from the public, and, of course, the chance to sell their work. Swindon Open Studios is an excellent way for artists to publicise their work and network with other artists.

2009 was the most successful year to date for SOS. Over sixty artists took part, and there was a huge increase in the number of visitors. As a result, SOS decided to extend the event from a single weekend to a nine-day period covering two weekends: 11th to 19th September 2010. Participants can decide their own opening hours within this period.

To get the application form to join Swindon Open Studios 2010, please to the Swindon Open Studios website or contact the organisers. The form must be returned by 17th July with the £25 entry fee.

Participating artists will receive:

  • An illustrated listing on the SOS website, giving your name, contact details, location and opening hours, and a brief statement about your work
  • An illustrated listing in the SOS brochure, and copies of the brochure.
  • Publicity for SOS via tourist information websites, local radio and other media, a dedicated blog, and the BBC “Big Screen” in Swindon town centre.
  • Assistance and materials to help you promote your own event.Exhibition space, if required.