Artists invited to enter Bridport Open Studios 2015

Nicole&Kit-1500Welcome to Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2015!

Event Coordinator Nicole Burt and Director Kit Glaisyer are inviting artists within a 10-mile radius of Bridport to enter Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2015.

This year we’re extending the event from the usual 3 days of the August Bank Holiday to a longer 10-day event, running from the previous weekend starting Saturday 22 August, through the next week and over the Bank Holiday weekend to the following Monday 31 August.

Artists can open for any number of days in that period.

All participating artists will also be invited to submit up to 3 pieces to our ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition of small 6″x9″ works that will show from 18 August to 12 September in the Cafe and Foyer Gallery at the Bridport Arts Centre.

If you would like to get an Application Form please click here for the PDF: BWDOS-2015 APPLICATION FORM 22-31 FINAL

You can also email us at


Full Invitation Letter:

Dear Artist / Maker / Gallery,

Please read: BWDOS-2015 APPLICATION FORM 22-31 FINAL with instructions on how to take part in Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2015.

Our Bridport Open Studios event has continued to grow in size and reputation since starting in 1999 and we are predicting a very busy summer in West Dorset, following both the popularity of Broadchurch and the wonderful new film version of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ which is drawing ever more attention to this beautiful part of the West Country.

Artists were asked…

A couple of weeks back we asked Artists (on our mailing list) what length of Open event you wanted this year and the majority have voted for a longer 10-day event – with the option to open for as many (or few) days as you each want within that duration.

A 10-day event from 22-31 August

So this year Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios  will take place over 10-days from the weekend of Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August, continuing through the following week Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th August and including the final August Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 29, Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August).

New Event Coordinator

This year we are joined by new Event Coordinator Nicole Burt. Nicole is a local Bridport artist and illustrator who has been working in the area for some years. A graduate of the Arts University at Bournemouth, she joins us fresh from creating an exciting site-specific mural in the Bridport Arts Centre foyer.

A month-long ‘Six by Nine’ Exhibition

Nicole will also be in charge of curating the ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition, which will show small works by participating artists in the Cafe & Foyer Galleries at the Bridport Arts Centre from Tuesday 18th August to Saturday 12th September. Many thanks to (previous Coordiator) Megan Dunford for securing such a fine venue for us and also thanks to artists Val Hall and David Tizzard who will once again be providing us with the ‘Six by Nine’ cards!

Note: We’ll have more details about the ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition and collecting your cards in due course…


Fergus Byrne will once again be helping put together our 44-page Guide, of which we’ll be printing 8,000 copies. Of course many thanks to Kate Gowrie, who stepped in for Fergus last year and helped make 2014 our best-looking Guide so far. Once again the Guide will come complete with listings showing all artists and venue locations on maps specially designed by Ian Escott.

Media Coverage

We will also be attracting wide media coverage with extensive Editorial features and Advertisements in selected Magazines and Newspapers. Illustrator Paul Blow has designed our new logo and will be helping with the 2015 Guide cover and adverts. Of course, we’ll also be making the most of online and social media – promoting the event via the Bridport Open Studios website and spreading the word with regular event updates and features on participating artists via Facebook and Twitter  @BridportOS. Meanwhile, up-and-coming photographer Ella Squirrell will be visiting artists to take your portraits – which are really important for us to help promote you all in the lead-up to the event.

Launches Nights?

Our Official Launch night will be at the Bridport Arts Centre on either Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th August and this year we have the opportunity to promote a series of Private Views at individual venues over the 10 days of the event. Please let us know if you would like to choose an evening for your own Private View so we can help coordinate the dates and promote your event. For instance, Philippa Young will be having a big launch of her August exhibition at Eype Church.


Once again, Volunteers will be greatly appreciated! If you are able to give your time to help with our website, share social-media, distribute brochures etc, please email Nicole at with the subject ‘BOS Volunteer’.

Shared Spaces

Every year artists ask if there are any venues where they can show as part of a group, either in Bridport or in a nearby village. Yes, there are plenty of potential venues, though we don’t manage any of them ourselves, so we encourage interested artists to get a group together and do the research themselves. One venue we can help with is the Chapel in the Garden on East Street, which was a popular central venue last year and still has spaces for several artists this year. This will be on a strictly 1st-come-1st-served basis, so if you’re interested please contact Nicole/Kit at and we’ll get the ball rolling. Other potential venues are Shipton Gorge Village Hall, Walditch Village Hall, the British Legion Hall on Victoria Grove, the Women’s Institute in North Street and the Salt House in West Bay, etc.

Cost of Taking Part?

The prices for taking part are listed on the attached ‘Application Form’. We try to keep the costs for artists as low as possible, but we also need to keep raising the standard of the event and growing our audience. We believe we’re putting on the best possible annual event focused entirely on promoting our vibrant Art scene in Bridport & West Dorset. This year B&WDOS will cost £8,500 to stage and this includes our extensive Advertising & Editorial in a wide range of Magazines & Newspapers, our beautiful 44-page Guide, a month-long ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition in the Arts Centre Cafe & Foyer Galleries, plus Kit & Nicole’s hard work for 15 weeks leading up to the event!

Note: We really hope you’ll take part, so if the cost really is a problem, please get in touch and we’ll see if there is any way to reduce your fee in return for help with the event…

What do you need to do Now?

Full details of what we require from you are on the ‘Application Form’, which is attached below as a PDF

We look forward to receiving your applications…  Please feel free to share this email with any artists you think might be interested … and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us :)


Best regards

Kit Glaisyer     &         Nicole Burt

Director                          Coordinator

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios

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This is the information we require:

°          Town/village:

°          Name:

°          Medium: (eg Oil on canvas)

°          Artist’s statement (50 words max):

°          Studio address & postcode:

°          Directions and parking (40 words max):

°          Telephone:

°          Email:

°          Web address:

°          Twitter @:

°          Facebook Artist Page:

°          Opening times: (eg 10am-5pm daily)

°          Opening days: (22/23/24/25/26/27/28/29/30/31) August

°          WC: yes / no

°          Wheelchair access:  yes / no

°          Entry size:  ¼, ½, full or double page