Please view the online version of the Guide here: BOS 2017 Guide
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, this year’s cover Artist, the event has grown over the years to become a distinctive showcase for the Artists who live and work in West Dorset.
This year’s renowned Open Studios event has moved to new dates, running 9th – 17th September. Over 75 of West Dorset’s finest Artists, Designers and Makers invite you to explore their galleries, studios and homes. There will be a wide variety of visual arts on display including painting, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and sculpture.
Follow the maps in this Guide to visit studios, galleries and even some artists’ homes – an exploration of the great wealth of talent in the towns, villages and hamlets across West Dorset. Bridport Open Studios showcases the work of emerging and veteran artists. 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 beautiful 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.
For our 2017 event, we are delighted that Bridport Arts centre will host our taster exhibition ‘Exploring Bridport’s Art Studios’ which will be on display 8th August – 2nd September. A handpicked selection of participating Artists’ work in an exciting variety of media will be on display in the foyer and cafe gallery spaces. The exhibition will inspire you to start planning your visits during Bridport & West Dorset Open studios 2017, 9th – 17th September.
With many thanks to the Artists, Advertisers and Visitors who continue to support Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios. We wish everyone an inspiring visit!
The Bridport Open Studios 2017 Team
Tash Lummes – Creative Director, Kit Glaisyer – Consultant Director
& Paul Newman – Event Co-ordinator