SUMMER OPEN STUDIOS 2016
FRIDAY 15TH JULY - MONDAY 25TH JULY
10AM - 5PM
(Please check the yearbook for studio time variations)
The 2016 yearbook will be available for download from June.
A GREAT SUMMER EVENT
Each July, Isle of Wight artists and crafts-people open their studios, homes or exhibit in public venues over 11 days. Visitors have the opportunity to meet local artists, see their work and find out more about the techniques they use and the passions which inspire them.
Open Studios is a free event and will offer you a warm welcome to view and purchase a great range of work including painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, textiles, jewellery and ceremics.
For artists, Open Studios is a unique opportunity to manage their own event, exhibit work and demonstrate their working processes.
A UNIQUE ISLAND EVENT
Open studios are as varied as you can imagine: in an artist's home, work room or garden, in purpose made studios, some in public venues. The beauty of visiting several studios is that each is unique, with its own charm - you're sure to have a warm welcome and to come away feeling inspired. Each venue will be open from 10am to 5pm each day. When you see the red Open Studios flags, you know you've arrived!
Visitors can use the maps within the free yearbook to create their own art trails, to navigate their way around visiting the artists. You will be able to see which artists as exhibiting in different towns on both the website and in the yearbook.
The yearbook will be available to download on the website and at various outlets across the Island once it is published in June 2016 - view our yearbook outlets page for more information or contact us to request one by post.
Visitors are welcome to browse the work on offer by the artists but if you're lucky enough to fall in love with a piece of work, do talk to the artist about taking it home with you straight away or if it is only available at the end of the show. Some artists may require you to pay by cheque, cash or bank transfer, as not all artists will be set up for retail and most won't have a card facility.
WIN £100 or £50 OF OPEN STUDIOS ARTWORK
Collect 5 signatures when you're visiting the venues and artists*, post back to The Isle of Wight Arts office or leave with a participating artist and you will be in the running to win a prize of £100 or £50 to spend on Open Studios artwork. For more information on how you could win click here
OPEN STUDIOS 2016
Open Studios 2016 will feature many artists over 11 days These will include many of the Island's favourite artists along with new Island artists opening their studios for the first time. Many will be showing in public halls, which we hope will give better access to a wider range of work.
We also hope the extended access days will allow people more opportunites to visit studio artists.
HOW CAN I TAKE PART?
Applications have now closed for 2016. If you would like to register your interest for 2017 please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer a year-round web page-only membership option, which gives you an almost limitless opportunity to display pictures of your work in galleries throughout the year, list events within the calendar and have your own web page to talk about your work. To apply please click "join Isle of Wight Arts" at the top of the page. Once you are a member you can apply for any further Open Studios exhibition opportunities arranged for the current year. 2014 saw our 3rd Open Studios@Christmas event held at Ventnor Botanical Gardens, which was a great success. followed by the 4th such event in 2015 at Tapnell Farm. This new venue was seen as a great success also, by artists, the public, as well as the Tapnell staff.
We will advise on plans for Christmas 2016 as soon as a venue is secured.
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