Welcome to Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2014, our annual open art event that celebrates the remarkable artistic talent to be found in this beautiful part of the West Country.
Please download our lovely B&WDOS-2014 GUIDE (PDF format)
Also do visit our 7 Art Trail Maps to 80 artists in 43 venues:
You’ll see there’s a long list of participating artists to the right. You can also find artists under the various drop-down menus above.
We have a wide range of creative disciplines taking part this year, and if you click the category at the top of each menu you can read a summary of all the artists taking part in that skill-set. These are:
This year we have also been working with photographer Brendan Buesnel, who has been creating an ongoing series of Portraits of many of the artists.
Everyone is welcome to attend the launch party for the Open Studios, which will take place at Chapel in The Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport, on Thursday 21 August from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, kindly sponsored superb local producers of cider and apple juice, Dorset Nectar and Tasty Street Food from the clever folks at Jalopy Pizza.
The Launch will feature ‘Six by Nine’ – an exhibition of small works by participating artists which will open on the launch evening and run from 22nd – 25th August, 10am – 6pm, closing briefly on Sunday 24th at 11am – 12.30pm for the morning service.
We look forward to visitors being able to explore the rich artistic culture we are lucky to have here in Bridport and its surrounding areas. You’ll find a wide variety of art on display, from well-known names to emerging artists and keen new-comers. Works are on show in studios, galleries and even in the artist’s homes. Don’t be shy! Open Studio events are designed to bring the public into the artists’ workplace, to help you to experience the creative process first hand and maybe even give you a glimpse into the mind of the artist. Whatever your taste in art, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.
Many thanks go to all those involved behind the scenes for making this event possible. Special thanks designer Kate Gowrie for her assistance and creativity with the Guide, Graphic Designer Paul Blow for his aid with visual design and marketing for this years event. Lizzie Hornby and Angelica Kennard at the Chapel in the Garden for hosting our launch event and the ‘Six by Nine’ Exhibition and of course not forgetting all our local supporters who have featured as adverts in the guide. As well as to all the artists who have volunteered their time to help in other ways.
And of course thanks to you, our visitors, for helping to support this event and our wonderful art community. We look forward to showing you what we’ve been up to!
Kit Glaisyer (Director) and Megan Dunford (Event Coordinator)
Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios 2014