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Now in its 2nd year, Birmingham Open Studios has already doubled in size. Run by ArtsBrum, the concept allows artists of all standards to display their craft in their own homes or working studios. This allows the public to view all of the artist’s work – for free – in the artist’s creative environment, giving you an insight into their lives and creative processes
Your visits, purchases, praise and commissions give artists a reason to keep creating, and Open Studios means they do not have to pay sky-high commission rates to galleries on sales, instead keeping the earnings themselves
If you wish to exhibit in 2019, please follow Open Studios Birmingham on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the application process, as we will be expanding the the area next year. Please also tag us on Instagram with all your Open Studios photos using #birminghamopenstudios
THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL RUN CONSECUTIVE WEEKENDS OF THE 8-9TH AND 15-16TH SEPTEMBER.
UPDATE 21st JULY: APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR ARE NOW CLOSED
Below are some images from last year’s event
What is Open Studios?
- Open Studios is a concept that allow artists to display and sell their art from their own home or studio. It allows the artist to display as much work as they wish, without having to pay the mad prices for expensive gallery wall space, or huge commissions per sale
- Art lovers will visit the artist’s residence over the course of a weekend and are invited in to meet the artist, have a cuppa and find out about the artist’s work directly from the artist. It gives a very personal and direct approach that benefits both parties. The public can pick and choose which artists to visit and in any order they like
- Entry to each studio is free for the public, and the experience of a face-to-face interaction results in a higher chance of sales for the artists
- 2017 saw 29 artists exhibit over 12 locations – as some artists chose to buddy-up, and exhibit at one address. This year we have expanded and are aiming to get 50+ artists involved
- The average artist last year took 2-3 times their participation fee over the course of the event, with the best performing artist taking 20x their investment in a single day!
- Last year’s participating artists are still currently receiving new commissions, directly from last year’s visitors to their studios
- The concept has existed for decades in cities from Cambridge to New York. Brighton has been running the very successful ‘Open Houses’ event for years, and the Jewellery Quarter also run a similar event in the summer
- The 2017 event happened weekends on 16/17th and 23/24th September. Open Studios 2018 will run 8/9th and 15/16th September. We are also glad to say that our event will not clash with Birmingham Weekender, as that is not running this year
- The focus of 2017 was to keep it small and do it well. Then grow year-on-year outwards from Moseley, until it (hopefully) covers most of South Birmingham in a few years. This year we are expanding to include Selly Park and Stirchley
- The concept is hugely beneficial to artists, art lovers and the community in general. It is a great family-friendly event that opens up new avenues for artists, who may have previously struggled for business and recognition, both during the event and beyond.
- It has worked so well in other cities, because of the personal, face-to-face ‘human’ element. It is much easier to encapsulate what an artist’s ethos and thought process is, when the artists explains it themselves, and the event can give an insight into their art in general.
How to get involved?
- If you are an artist, to get involved you must firstly fill in the form at the bottom of this page. This will help us gain valuable info into who wishes to exhibit and where they are based
- You will then receive an email requesting a membership fee in May/June. This will be £45 per artist, but discounts will be offered to artists who share an address
What you get for your money as an artist?
- Map/programme for event with individual artists profiles, including bio and example of work for the public to pick up and discover art, plus a profile online
- Money spent on thousands of fliers and leaflets to approach artists and public
- Local media coverage (local magazines, press, Made In Birmingham TV)
- Large banners (Kings Heath & Moseley high street)
- Promotional stand at Moseley Festival in July
- Website profile with interactive map
- Poster and balloons for your home to put in window, for visitors to easily recognise
- The sort of recognition you may not usually receive from local art lovers
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