14th February 2024

Swindon Open Studios 2024 launched on Saturday 10th Feb 2024. Read more about that here. It took place at the Swindon Designer Outlet Centre.

Here’s some images from the launch event that I had to miss as I had to come to Surrey for half-term childcare cover. Gutted. It looks great.

Swindon Open Studios 2024 - At the launch event, Labour Parliamentary candidate Heidi Alexander with featured artists
Swindon Open Studios 2024 – At the launch event, Labour Parliamentary candidate Heidi Alexander with featured artists

A community organisation, Swindon Open Studios happens thanks to volunteers supporting local artists. They hold an exhibition in September each year. The artists invite members of the public into their studios, homes, and exhibition spaces to see where and how they make their art. Swindon Open Studios is super delighted to have the support of the Swindon Designer Outlet centre. It offers their artists another opportunity to share their work with the public.

The first Open Studios took place in 2004 with a follow up in 2006. From 2008 onwards the open studios event has been held annually until the intervention of COVID in 2020 and 2021. 

2022 saw the welcome return of this popular community event and last year, we saw the largest number of artists participating since the event’s inception. 

In celebrating twenty years of SOS, 2024 looks set to be another bumper year.

Pablo Picasso once said …

… the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Well back in 2014, in this now rather dated blog post about the purpose of art, I argued that, by stretching that analogy a little further ‘we could consider he wealth of art – and even architecture -of all kinds that we have here in Swindon, we can find ourselves washing the dust off our souls in a veritable ocean of creativity. Much of which has featured at various times on Born again Swindonian.’


The SOS website: https://www.swindonopenstudios.org

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