December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Artists are being encouraged to open their studios doors and take part in a landmark anniversary of a county-wide visual arts celebration.
Next year is the 20th year of Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios, and artists can apply now to take part.
Each year the Open Studios event sees hundreds of artists invite the public to visit their studios and watch them at work, and in 2014 the 16-day exhibition will be from May 24 and to June 8.
The scheme, which was established in 1994, is run by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in collaboration with local artists.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director William Galinsky said: “The festival is proud to manage and support the Open Studios scheme. Open Studios is a great way to celebrate the work of local artists all over Norfolk, and enables visitors and art lovers to discover the great wealth of artistic talent happening in artist’s studios. It helps Norfolk artists meet art lovers, and just as importantly helps them to sell their work directly to the buyer and long may it continue.”
Artist Allison Bradnock, who is a ‘Norfolk map designer’ and creates decorative pieces using stitched and woven recycled materials, exhibited her work along with two other artists at Neatishead in the 2013 Open Studios.
She said: “I shared a space with a neighbour and another artist, we all got to know each other much better. It was a good opportunity to network and to feel part of a wider group of artists and creators.”
During the 2013 Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios, 479 local artists welcomed more than 32,500 visitors into their workplaces. There were also 15 art trails and more than 200 demonstrations, events and workshops by artists.
Research by the scheme’s organisers has shown that on average each artist or collective received about 140 visitors. In addition, more than a third of visitors (39pcpc) ate out at a local restaurant or cafe as part of their Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios experience, and 40pc visited local shops.
• Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 2014 will run from May 24 and to June 8.
Artists wanting to take part can, for the first year, apply online at www.nnopenstudios.org.uk.
The cost of taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is £100 for individual artists and £280 for groups of artists. This includes a listing in the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios brochure with a print run of 35,000 copies. Artists will also receive a listing on the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios website, posters, postcards, and have the opportunity to take part in the Central Taster Exhibition at The Forum in Norwich in April 2014.
• For more information visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk, email email@example.com, or call Ros Dixon on 01603 877762.