This year’s event will once again take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 23, Sunday 24 & Monday 25 August). We predict a busy summer in West Dorset, as our arts scene continues to grow in reputation and the popular Broadchurch on ITV shows off our beautiful Jurrasic Coastline.
This year we are joined by Megan Dunford. Megan has been working with Dorset Visual Arts since January 2013 firstly as an intern helping with Dorset Art Trails and the Dorset Art Fair. Then during DAW as Dorset Art Weeks area coordinator and Social and Digital media Marketer. Some of you may also know Megan from Bridport Arts Centre too where she has been Exhibitions Assistant there since November 2013. Megan will be using her skills and experience to help to arrange the Guide and market the event via print-based and digital social-media.
Also new to the team is graphic designer Kate Gowrie who is helping with our 44-page Guide, of which we will be printing 8,000 copies – a whopping 1,000 more than last years event. The Guide comes complete with listings showing all artists and venue locations on maps specially designed by Ian Escott.
We will also be attracting wide media coverage with editorial features and advertisements in selected magazines and newspapers. Illustrator Paul Blow will be helping design our new logo, 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 at @BridportOS.
We’ll also be running the ‘Six by Nine’ exhibition of small works by participating artists, which was a great success last year and will be curated by Megan this year. Thanks to Val Hall and David Tizzard for providing us with the ’6 by 9′ cards! We’ll have more details about this event in due course. We’re also planning on having our Launch night for Bridport Open Studios on 21 August, which is the Thursday before the Open Studios weekend.
Volunteers are sought after to help promote the running and marketing of the event. If you are able to give your time to distribute brochures etc please email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘BOS Volunteer’.
PLEASE NOTE: We’ve had a rather late start to organising Bridport Open Studios this year because we’ve all been kept busy with Dorset Art Weeks. This means there is a much shorter deadline for you to get your Application information, images and payment to us!
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION IS MIDDAY, MONDAY 30 JUNE.
We look forward to receiving your applications, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Kit Glaisyer & Megan Dunford