Open studios happen when a group of artists open their workplaces to the public during an agreed period of time. Usually artists themselves organise the event. Events have two main purposes: to promote artists by exhibiting and selling their work and to encourage a wider audience for art.
Open studios cover a broad range of visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, crafts, design, new media, film and video.
Visiting open studios is a bit like taking part in a well organised treasure hunt; the map or guide gives you a starting point and clues for what you might find when you get there. Fortunately getting there is also part of the experience; tracking down hidden studios in remote rural areas or discovering artists and galleries in buildings you walk past every day, is part of the thrill of visiting open studios. If you are visiting Hampshire for a long weekend and would like to catch some open studio events, follow up the contacts in your chosen area and kill two birds with one stone!
You will have the chance to enter places that are normally closed to the public, whether it’s a studio at the bottom of someone’s garden, or a unique listed building. You will meet artists who are just beginning or who have been practising for years and it’s a great opportunity to buy something totally unique direct from the artist.
You can find out about all the open studio events taking place by clicking onto the area tabs and you will be linked to the organiser’s details and the relevant website.