Swindon Open Studios has been running on and off for many years and,
recently, local artists have pulled together to develop the idea into a regular event on the Swindon calendar. If you would like to join us, simply download an application form here (terms and conditions given further down this page).
Information for Artists
Swindon Open Studios is open to artists and craftspeople living or working within a twelve-mile radius of Swindon (see map). 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 and craftspeople 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 download the application form to join Swindon Open Studios 2010, please click here. 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.
Last year we made arrangements with local establishments and businesses to provide display spaces for
people who do not have their own studio or who live outside Swindon but wish to be present during SOS. We are planning to do the same again this year, so, if you would like
to discuss such spaces (or have one to offer), or if you would like to get involved in the organising/ running of Swindon Open Studios, please contact us.
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Terms & Conditions
1. Eligibility: The 2010 Swindon Open Studios scheme is open to all artists working in any medium and living or working within twelve miles radius of Swindon.(see map)
2. Opening to the public: Your commitment is to open your studio to the public, exhibit your work, be present and discuss it during the days and hours indicated on your application form.
3. Fee: The fee for entering the 2010 Swindon Open Studios is £25. Please make cheque payable to Swindon Open Studios. Swindon Open Studios is not taking any commission on sales made during the event (a particular venue may take a commission).
4. Application form: Applications must be filled in and fees paid for every artist even if they participate as a collective. If your Open Studio is shared by two or more people, each artist will need to submit an entry and pay the fee to feature in the brochure.
5. Deadline: The deadline for applications is 19th July 2010. Applications received after this date will not be entered into the 2010 Swindon Open Studios. Applications are deemed received when all necessary documents and payment have been received.
6. Data Protection: Your personal details will be stored on a computer of the organisers of the Swindon Open Studios. We will not pass your details to third parties without your consent. You accept that details you provided in the application form in the section “1. Your details (to be published in the Swindon Open Studios brochure and website)” will be published.
7. Images: Images supplied with the application form must comply with the requirements listed in the form. Every effort will be made to return images where stamped addressed envelopes have been supplied, but the organisers cannot be held liable for any losses or theft.
8. Brochure and website: Brochure entries will be collated by the organisers and then proofed by the artists themselves. All amendments will be made by 5th August 2010. Swindon Open Studios reserves the right to edit text supplied for use in promoting the scheme. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of information included in the brochure/website Swindon Open Studios organisers cannot be held responsible for any omissions or mistakes which occur. Each artist will receive copies of the brochure for distribution to their mailing list. We will provide downloadable flyers and signage.
9. Insurance: Artists opening their studios are responsible for their own insurance cover including public liability. This may or could be covered in artist’s personal home or business insurance, but each participant should check with their insurance. Each artist has a responsibility to ensure the safety of their visitors. Swindon Open Studios organisers do not accept any liability for visitor safety. Artists are responsible for the insurance of their work at all times.
10. Safety: Artist exhibiting at home should make sure that they are with someone to help them at all time. For your own safety, it is not advisable to have an Open Studio at your home on your own.