Wolverhampton Open Studios: Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October 2017
Wolverhampton Society of Artists Open Studios 2017 is a chance for you to show and sell your artwork in your home, studio or garden and be part of a group of artists who will be opening their doors to interested viewers over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017. Artists can open their studios on either or both days.
Registration is now open and will close on 31 July 2017 in order to allow enough time for information to be collated, organised and promoted before the event. The cost of taking part is £20 per artist. This covers printing and publicity costs associated with the event and includes an individual listing on the website.
The date of this year’s Open Studios weekend coincides with the WSA exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 23 September to 19 November 2017. This enables cross-marketing at both events and increase the cultural offer for Wolverhampton artists and visitors.
What does it involve?
You will need to display your work as well as you can in the space that you have. If you have a dedicated studio/room then plan time for tidying and cleaning beforehand. Artists have been known to take over their entire house or just their garden – it’s entirely up to you. You may want to reorganise your space to make more room for artwork – and your visitors. You may also want to seek another venue to use as your Open Studio away from your home or join other artists in showing together in one venue – it’s entirely up to you. Remember to remove anything that might be a trip hazard and check that your insurance is up to date.
Your work needs to be priced either on individual pieces or on a price list. A range of price points is also a good idea. If someone wants to pay by cash, you may need to have some change available. You may also need to have protective wrapping materials such as bubble wrap at hand. Be prepared to say something about your work; people often come to events like these to speak to the artist, they might, for example, want to know what inspires your work or how you created it. It’s useful to have a friend there with you to open the door and offer refreshments.