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Getting the most out of opening your studio

Introduction

Holding an open studio is hard work, great fun and brings many benefits. Artists have been inviting patrons, students and critics into their studios for centuries. Over the last twenty or thirty years of the 20th century, as increasing numbers of artists have discovered how effective open studios are for selling and self promotion, it has become such a popular activity that it could almost be described as a movement. Many artists have formed collectives to organise and take part in coordinated events.

Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire began in 1988 with a handful of artists. Today the community of accredited artists and makers like you has grown to 290 with new artists joining each year. The scheme is open to professional artists and makers who live and work in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Accreditation is by assessment through an agreed panel of artists and our administrators.

The organisation is run entirely by volunteers and a committee of participating artists and our administrators. Whilst striving to run a professional event, Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire is a friendly and mutually supportive group.

We are extremely fortunate and grateful to The Corn Exchange and Greenham Trust who provide us with office space and facilities as well as generous financial support. The scheme is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts and is partially artist funded though we depend on grants, in cash and in kind, from local authorities, individuals and businesses.

The aim of this online resource is to help you, artists and makers, get the most out of opening your studio, to get as many visitors as possible, to put on a good show, raise awareness of the visual, sell your work and undertake commissions.

Visitors should find visiting a studio an enjoyable, interesting and learning experience, something that they want to repeat and recommend to their friends. Open studios can make art accessible to people who would not normally think of visiting a gallery.

We should like to thank Jane Evans and Cambridgeshire Open Studios for allowing us to use their book Holding an Open Studio - An Artists Handbook as the basis for this resource.

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