Welcome to Bridport Open Studios 2018

Welcome to Bridport Open Studios 2018

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2018 will take place for 9 days from Saturday 8th to the following Sunday 16th September.

We are delighted to let you know that we have almost 70 artists signed up for BOS 2018 and that many of the Artists displaced by the St Michael’s fire will be exhibiting… Thanks to the generous offers of support and shared space from our wonderful community.

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 Open Studios event will take place from Saturday 8th to the following Sunday 16th September. Many of West Dorset’s finest Artists, Designers and Makers will 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, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture and sculpture.

There will be a number of Maps to follow in our 2018 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 2018 event, we are delighted that Bridport Arts centre will host our taster exhibition which will be on display 7th August – 1st 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 for the full event in 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 2018 Team

Kit Glaisyer –  Director, Tash lummes – Event Co-ordinator & Suzy Moger – Assistant Director

You can still view the online version of the 2017 Guide here: BOS 2017 Guide