Explore our Vibrant Art Scene, Saturday 8th – Sunday 16th September.
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. Started in 1999 by Caroline Ireland, the event has grown over the years to become a distinctive showcase for the Artists who live and work in West Dorset.
This year 90 of West Dorset’s Finest Artists, Designers and Makers invite you to share a fascinating glimpse into their creative process. There will be a wide variety of visual arts to enjoy including painting, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and sculpture.
We encourage you to engage in conversation with the artists, seizing your opportunity to discover more about their creative process and view their most recent work. Our Open Studio event offers the rare opportunity to buy original art directly from the Artists, as well as to commission new work from them.
To celebrate our twentieth anniversary, we are delighted that renowned artist and Royal Academician Philip Sutton is Bridport Open Studios’ 2018 Patron. Our 2018 Guide Cover artist is the celebrated abstract painter Jon Adam, and widely respected photographer Pete Millson has been taking a series of engaging portraits of participating artists. We are especially grateful to our wonderful sponsor Sculpture by the Lakes, an award-winning garden nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside, an oasis for art lovers and collectors, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique.
Follow the maps in the Guide to visit studios, galleries, workshops and even some artists’ homes across West Dorset. Bridport Open Studios showcases the work of veteran names, 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.
This year the Open event is particularly poignant following a devastating fire at St Michael’s Studios. Several of Bridport’s veteran Artists have lost their studios, materials and life’s work, whilst many more have been affected by temporary closures. Several displaced Artists will be showing in different venues across Bridport, a tribute to the wonderfully supportive and resilient art scene that continues to flourish here.
With many thanks to the artists, advertisers, and visitors who continue to support Bridport’s thriving Art scene. We wish everyone an inspiring Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios visit – Enjoy!
The Bridport Open Studios 2018 Team
Kit Glaisyer – Director, Tash lummes – Event Co-ordinator & Suzy Moger – Assistant Director