22nd April 2018


Call for Swindon Open Studio 2018 Artists

Call for Swindon Open Studio 2018 Artists

A Call for Swindon Open Studio 2018 Artists:

Swindon Open Studios (SOS) has become a much loved annual event on the Swindon Calendar.  It is a fabulous opportunity for Swindon’s creative talent to display, demonstrate and discuss their artwork.

Artists are invited to sign up now for 2018.  Closing date for applications is 31st May 2018. This year’s event will be on the 22nd / 23rd & 29th / 30th of September. 

It’s great that a diverse range of artists are involved already, with many different art forms.  However, it is always good to see new talent emerging – or longer established artists trying it for the first time.  Here are some stories from existing participants:

2018 will be the fifth time Swindon artist Caroline Day’s has registered to open her studio for SOS.  Caroline believes that it has been a real benefit to her.  She describes it as “a real boost for emerging artists taking part.”  

Painter Mary Parsons took part for the first time last year, and found that it opened up several other opportunities.  She enjoyed it so much that she has already joined the committee!

Mixed media artist Ann Parker- Griffiths registered for the first time last year and was initially cautious about taking part.  On reflection she says now that “everyone I have met within SOS has been encouraging and helpful in so many ways that I wish I had started years ago”.

Fine artist Hannah Dosanji points out the numerous advantages of participating – professionally and socially: “hearing about other local artists, your own profile being shared on a brilliant website and social media, plus the opportunity to meet SOS participants and how interesting (not intimidating!) meeting the public can be… it’s hard work but fun”

There is no right or wrong way for an artist to hold an Open Studio; it’s the variety that makes it a special and unique scheme.  Many artists don’t have a studio as such but still open their house to show where they create their work – often on the kitchen table!  Ideally it is not just an exhibition but a chance for people to see artist’s work in progress.

It doesn’t have to be in your own house if that’s not appropriate – many make use of community venues, often grouping together.

There is also an opportunity for participants to exhibit in an Old Town Art Trail in August.  During this introduction trail Old Town businesses kindly offer to host a piece of SOS artwork within their shop window to advertised the September SOS event. 

Artists and the motivational Swindon following are also invited to a SOS launch evening on Friday the 14th of September at the Central Community Centre, Swindon.  More information will be available about this soon on our website.

Take a look at our brand new website created by Waddell Digital to see artists that have already registered – maybe you’ll be inspired be a part of this vibrant pop-up community.

The event is widely advertised with brochures available at many local venues.  To keep in touch and enable the committee to support artists before and during the event, please follow SOS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Artists benefit more if they spend a bit of time promoting themselves as well.

Artists have until the 31st May to register online.  Cost of registration is £40.   Terms and conditions are on the website.  Please feel free to ask for advice or join our SOS Artists Forum group on Facebook.  We hope you consider taking part and enjoy the experience if you do!

Mary Parsons, Swindon Open Studios Committee.

Email Enquiries to swindonopenstudios@hotmail.co.uk or private message us on Facebook or Instagram.

Website links:


Registration form: https://www.swindonopenstudios.org/exhibitor-registration


Social Media:

Facebook: SwindonOpenStudios/

Twitter: @Swindonopen

Instagram: swindonopenstudios


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