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.
Event & Marketing Director
Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios