Notts: Deadline looming for artists who want to be part of county open studios event

Susan Isaac was one of the artists who took part in last year's open studios event
Susan Isaac was one of the artists who took part in last year's open studios event

Artists from across Bassetlaw are being invited to take part in Open Studios Notts 2016.

But they need to get their applications in now online at the deadline for applying to take part is this week.

Following the successful formula of previous years, events will run at various locations around the county over weekends in May and early June.

There are also exhibiting opportunities, with venues provided by the Patchings Art Centre from April 16 to May 30 and selected libraries from April 24 to June 5.

At the heart of the Open Studios Notts 2016 series of events is the aim of ‘bringing artists into view’.

Artists will meet the public, talk about their work and, wherever possible, demonstrate or illustrate their working practice.

Participating artists decide on the form of their event and how to show their work.

An OS Notts spokesman said: “As in previous years this will vary from place to place, so that events might be a series of studios in a cluster or trail, artists hosting others in their studios, artists exhibiting and demonstrating together in a venue such as a pop up gallery or a village hall, in an ‘open house’ event with hosted artists, a festival focus and so on.”

Open Studios Notts started in 2012 involving over 100 artists and by 2015 this had grown to more than 200 artists at 35 venues.

Participants are sought throughout the county - in Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark & Sherwood, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe – and in the city of Nottingham itself.

Open Studios Notts is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a small group of volunteers and has the support of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Arts Service and the Arts Team at Nottingham City Council.

Sponsors and additional volunteers are welcomed.

More details and a registration form are on the website at www.osnotts.co.uk

Applications should be sent by Friday, December 18 to openstudiosnotts@gmail.com