Cheshire Open Studios Artists @ Work in their Studios is an exciting and successful free annual event that has taken place annually in Cheshire since 1997. During this time between 40-80 artists and craftspeople open their studios each year, either as individuals or in-groups, over 3-4 weekends.
In 2016 Cheshire Open Studios will be celebrating its 18th Annual Event of Artist Open Studios & Annual Open Exhibition!
Every year we are looking at ways to make this a very special event for our participants and visitors with interactive, fun and inspiring art events across Cheshire.
This year the event is spread over 2 Weeks / 3 Weekends in September 2016 with an OPEN Exhibition which will run during the open studios event.
From 2013 we commenced holding the exhibition as an Annual “OPEN” exhibition to enable ALL Cheshire-based professional artists, crafters & artisans to participate regardless of whether they had a studio space.
The initiative supports professional artists, craft makers and artisans who often work in isolation; enabling networking, mutual support and the opportunity for them to engage with the public.
The project originated due to the lack of contemporary local galleries within Cheshire by promoting artists in their own or public spaces and encouraging new opportunities for residencies, commissions, selling, exhibiting and teaching. Many of our artists work to support and share their skills in their local communities in schools and adult education, whilst others consist of emerging, award winning or artists that are internationally renowned for their contribution to the arts.
We welcome participation by experimental, emerging or conceptual artists and recent graduates whom receive a 25% discount off the membership fees.
There is no selection process for participants for the Open Studios Artist category however all participating artists must be professional or semi-professional artist living and working in Cheshire (including Cheshire West, East, Warrington, Halton & Runcorn) with an ongoing portfolio of work.
There is however a possibility of a selection process for “Exhibiting Only” artists for the OPEN exhibition. The exhibition venue or gallery may also have its own selection procedure.
The open studios event is a unique chance to meet local professional artists, to discover how and where they produce their work and provides the opportunity to informally engage with them and buy from them directly at reasonable prices!
During the event the Cheshire county is divided into a number of areas giving visitors the opportunity to visit several local studios in one or two days over the course of 3 or 4 weekends.
Cheshire Open Studios is a self-funding, not-for-profit, artist led project, run by a voluntary steering group and project coordinator. Many of the artists that take part are also members of Cheshire Artists Network and other local art groups and organisations.
For 2016 Cheshire Open Studios will be working in partnership with Incubation Arts based at Charles Roe House in Macclesfield.
So we hope you will join the Cheshire Open Studio Artist Trail this year by following our Artist Studio signs that clearly mark each studio location!
Want to join us in the FUTURE!
Have a question or would like to know more about participating or visiting us? Contact us to find out more!
We need your feedback!
If you have visited us in the past or during this year we would like to hear your opinions, thoughts and feedback by completing our Visitor Feedback form.
Cheshire Open Studios Project Coordinator & Steering Group