Saturday 20th – Monday 29th August 2016
Bridport has become known as the leading Arts Community in the West Country and our annual Open Studios event celebrates this vibrant Visual Arts Scene. Artists, designers and makers invite you to explore their studios and galleries over the 10 days leading up to and including the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Follow the 6 maps in this Guide to over 50 artists in dozens of studios, galleries and even some artists’ homes. We encourage you to explore the great wealth of talent in the towns, villages and hamlets across West Dorset, where you will find a wide variety of art on display, from well-known names to emerging artists and keen newcomers. Whatever your taste in art, we are sure that you will find much to enjoy – whether it is for investment, pleasure or to support local artists. You will also discover much of the wonderful scenery tucked away in this special part of the West Country.
We encourage you to engage in conversation with the artists, seizing your opportunity to discover more about their creative process and look at their most recent work. Artists will have original works for sale, as well as cards and prints. We hope that you will plan your trip to visit as many artists and designers in their studios and workplaces as possible.
We also invite you to join us for the Grand Launch of Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios on Thursday 18th August from 6–9pm at Eype Church Centre for the Arts! Our launch will showcase affordable, collectable works by many of our participating artists in the 6″x 9″ Exhibition.
After you have met the artists, join us for live music by acclaimed Wessex POP Trio DESIGN who will kick off celebrations with an enhanced but deconstructed line-up put together by contemporary artist Gilbert Quick especially for our event!
The 6″x 9″ Exhibition will continue at Eype Church alongside artists Philippa Young and Billie Willcocks from 11am–5pm daily and throughout Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 20–29th August 2016.
With many thanks to the artists, advertisers and visitors who continue to contribute and support Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios. We wish everyone an inspiring visit!
The Bridport Open Studios 2016 Team
TEAM from left: Tash Lummes – Admin & Marketing Manager, Kit Glaisyer – Director and Paul Newman – Event Coordinator