Join Bridport Open Studio 2014!



This year’s event will once again take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 23, Sunday 24 & Monday 25 August). We predict a busy summer in West Dorset, as our arts scene continues to grow in reputation and the popular Broadchurch on ITV shows off our beautiful Jurrasic Coastline.

This year we are joined by Megan Dunford. Megan has been working with Dorset Visual Arts since January 2013 firstly as an intern helping with Dorset Art Trails and the Dorset Art Fair. Then during DAW as Dorset Art Weeks area coordinator and Social and Digital media Marketer. Some of you may also know Megan from Bridport Arts Centre too where she has been Exhibitions Assistant there since November 2013. Megan will be using her skills and experience to help to arrange the Guide and market the event via print-based and digital social-media.

Also new to the team is graphic designer Kate Gowrie who is helping with our 44-page Guide, of which we will be printing 8,000 copies – a whopping 1,000 more than last years event. The Guide comes complete with listings showing all artists and venue locations on maps specially designed by Ian Escott.

We will also be attracting wide media coverage with editorial features and advertisements in selected magazines and newspapers. Illustrator Paul Blow will be helping design our new logo, Guide cover and adverts. Of course, we’ll also be making the most of online and social media – promoting the event via the Bridport Open Studios website and spreading the word with regular event updates and features on participating artists via Facebook and Twitter at @BridportOS.

We’ll also be running the ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition of small works by participating artists, which was a great success last year and will be curated by Megan this year. Thanks to Val Hall and David Tizzard for providing us with the ’6 by 9′ cards! We’ll have more details about this event in due course. We’re also planning on having our Launch night for Bridport Open Studios on 21 August, which is the Thursday before the Open Studios weekend.

Volunteers are sought after to help promote the running and marketing of the event. If you are able to give your time to distribute brochures etc please email Megan at with the subject ‘BOS Volunteer’.

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve had a rather late start to organising Bridport Open Studios this year because we’ve all been kept busy with Dorset Art Weeks. This means there is a much shorter deadline for you to get your Application information, images and payment to us!



We look forward to receiving your applications, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Best regards

Kit Glaisyer     &         Megan Dunford
Director                          Coordinator

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Bridport Art & Culture Video

Thanks to everyone for making Bridport Open Studios 2013 our most successful ever!

If you’d like to find out more about Bridport artists please click on their link on the right, visit their websites and email or call them to arrange a visit to their studio.

If you’re an artist and would like to take part in Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2014, please call Director Kit Glaisyer on 0798 3465789.

“Art & Culture” is one of 3 Videos commissioned by Spirit of Bridport and made by Watershed PR over the summer of 2013. Please visit the Spirit of Bridport YouTube Channel to view all videos and visit for more information

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Final week of ’6 by 9′ at the Electric Palace!

Wow! We’ve just had our busiest Open Studios ever!

Thanks to everyone who made it to many of our 40 venues this past weekend.

Luckily, you can still view small works by many of the participating artists at the ’6 by 9′ exhibition in the Electric Palace, Bridport, it’s on all this week until this coming Saturday 31 August, 10am to 4pm daily.

And of course, you can still get in touch with any of the artists you might have missed and arrange a private visit their studio. Most artists have their telephone, email and website on this site and it’s also in the paper Guide.


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Open Studios starts tomorrow!

Bridport News 2

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2013 starts tomorrow!

You can view an online version of the Guide here.

See you there :)


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3 Weeks until Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2013


Our beautiful 44-page Guides have now been printed, and are now appearing in Arts Centres, Galleries and other supportive venues across West Dorset. But you don’t have to wait, we’ve also got a handy online ‘page turner’ edition that you can visit here, or you can view it as a PDF here

Next up will be our ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition of small works (for sale) by participating artists that will be on show at the Electric Palace, Bridport from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 31 August.

And of course everyone is welcome to attend our Launch Party at the Electric Palace from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday 21 August Kindly sponsored by Dorset Nectar Cider

The 3-day Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios event will then take place over 24-26 August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Just over 6 weeks until our August Open Studios event!

Welcome to BOS-2013!

We’re just in the process of finishing off our FREE Open Studios Guide.
It will be proof-read this week and then sent to the printer next week.
Then we’ll be printing up 7,000 copies and getting it out to towns across West Dorset.
It’s the biggest Guide yet at 44 pages.. and this year it’s got seven maps!

We’re still in the process of uploading all this years artists to the website, but that should be completed within a week.

Meanwhile, we have a number of advertisements coming out, including Evolver, Dorset Magazine, Dorset Life Magazine and Galleries Magazine.

We’re also making preparations for our ‘6×9′ Exhibition and Event Launch at the Electric Palace, Bridport.

All participating artists are invited to submit up to three original works on a ’6×9′ card and these will all be displayed in a three week exhibition at the Electric Palace from 13-31 August.

The Launch of BOS-2013, also at the Electric Palace, will be on Wednesday 21 August, from 6-9pm. It will be a brilliant night, with a launch of ’6×9′, live music and film screenings. Everyone is invited, so see you there!

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Artists Applications for BOS2013

Dear Artist/Gallery,

Yes, we’ve extended the deadline for entry, so please send in your application by the end of May! (that’s this week)

Please note, we’ve moved our Launch night from Thursday 22 to Wednesday 21 August 2013.

Please find attached an Application Form to take part in Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2013.

This year’s event will once again take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (24, 25 and 26 August). It’s shaping up to be a busy summer, especially following the popularity of the Broadchurch series on ITV and increasing mentions of Bridport’s vibrant art scene in the media (recently Sunday Times and Country File, with a big feature in Dorset Life Magazine due next month, for example).

This year, I’m delighted to say we’ve been joined by Tamsin Chandler as our Event & Marketing Director. Tamsin directed last year’s Festival of Culture and brings both a strong background in event management and considerable experience in marketing to Open Studios 2013.

For our Open Studios 2013 event, we will be printing 7,000 copies of the Guide (complete with listings showing all artists and venues) and attracting wide media coverage with editorial features and advertisements in selected magazines and newspapers. Of course, we’ll also be making the most of online and social media – promoting the event via this website and spreading the word with regular event updates and features on participating artists via Facebook and Twitter at @BridportOS.

This year, rather than being on for just one night, our ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition (of small works by participating artists) will be up for seven weeks in the Arts Café at the Bridport Arts Centre from 30 July to 14 September. Note: We’re also looking for a volunteer to curate / organise the exhibition.

And, this being our 15th year, we will launch Bridport Open Studios 2013 in grand style in the Ballroom at Bridport’s Bull Hotel on Wednesday 21 August. We hope you can join us to celebrate! Note: Please let us know if you have any ideas for how we can best show off our remarkable artistic community that evening.

Artists and volunteers are again sought to help with various aspects of the running of Bridport Open Studios – any assistance gratefully received! (Note: artists who help can reduce or eliminate their cost of entry to the Guide). Please let us know if you can assist in any way. This year, we primarily need help with:

* helpers to call or visit advertisers to renew their placements in the Guide
* helpers to upload artist information to our website (computer, typing, Internet)
* writers to help prepare press features about participating artists
* helpers to put together the artist packs for ‘pack collection day’ (Monday 15 July)

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Friday 31 May 2013.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best regards

Kit Glaisyer
Tamsin Chandler
Event & Marketing Director

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios

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Thank You!

A big thank you to all those who visited Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2012 :)

The event is now over, but we will keep information about the participating artists on this website – should you want to get in contact regarding a purchase, commission or to offer gallery representation.

Artist Kit Glaisyer opens his studio at St Michael’s Studios every Saturday 11-4pm.

Kit Glaisyer’s panoramic landscapes and inviting ‘path’ paintings bring a contemporary twist to a contemplation of the Sublime and to the traditional genre of the Romantic landscape.

Originally from Dorset, Glaisyer lived in London in the 90’s, exhibiting his distinctive series of Abstract paintings, before moving to Bridport in 1998 and returning to the landscape genre. He was co-Director of the artist-run Artoose Gallery in Belsize Park from 2002-4. He had a one-man show “On my way to work” at the Bridport Arts Centre in 2005. In 2010 he published the book “25 Bridport Painters & Sculptors” with Photographer George Wright and Writer Lu Orza. He is currently working on a new book… He was Co-Director of Bridport Open Studios 2012, and co-Chair of the Spirit of Bridport, helping to organise Bridport’s first Festival of Culture.

Eype Church for the Arts continues it’s regular exhibitions… visit their website for more details.

We also recommend you visit Sladers Yard in West Bay.

Sladers Yard is one of the top galleries in the South West for contemporary British art, furniture and craft. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, it is 5 minutes walk from the beach in West Bay, Dorset. The award-winning Sladers Yard Licensed Café is open every day 10 am – 5pm throughout the summer and puts on live evening events and dinners. Sladers Yard is available for private parties and weddings.

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More Open Art Studios to explore!

There’s just 2 more days of Open Studios left!

Here’s our 2nd map of samples of works from all the venues within Bridport itself…

Click the top panels to find out more about the artists in each venue :)

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Last 2 Days of Open Studios!

Yes, this Sun 26 & Mon 27 are the last two days of Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2012, and there are many gems yet to be discovered…

There are 51 venues taking part this year, and many of them are in the countryside and villages in a 10 mile radius around Bridport. Check out our handy map for a sample of what’s on show in these rural venues… and then go exploring!

West Dorset Venues:
33 3BC, Top floor, the Old Timber Yard, West Bay
35 Sladers Yard, West Bay
36 Eype Church, Eyype
37 Morecombelake Art Group, James Hargreaves Community Hall, the Green, Morecombelake
38 Marian J Young, 2 Gordon Terrace, Middle St, Bradpole, Bridport
39 Katherine Lloyd, Jubilee Cottage, Milton Mill, West Milton
40 David Risk Kennard, Merriot House, Powerstock
41 Brian Cox, 18 Prout Bridge, Beaminster
42 Hannah Yates, 13 Southgate, Beaminster
43 Heather Coley, Shepherds Meadow, Hursey
44 Stoke Abbott, Annadale House, Stoke Abbott
45 New House Pottery, Broadoak
46 Philippa Young & John Rabbetts, Small Coombe Farm, Smacomble Lane, Shipton Gorge
47 Alan Hussey & Corrie van Rijn, Askerswell Workshops, Parsons Lane, Askerswell
49 Lazyhill Gallery, Chapel Lane, Abbotsbury
50 Dansel Gallery, Rodden Row, Abbotsbury
51 Jane Thomas, Lower Maiden Newton Farmhouse, Dorchester Rd, Crockway

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