Somerset Art Weeks Festival:
SOMERSET OPEN STUDIOS 2020 GOES DIGITAL!
19th September- 4th October 2020
This autumn, Somerset Open Studios goes online with an exciting new look as well as a special event programme featuring artists’ films, podcasts, interviews and live streaming. An enhanced digital guide will give audiences the opportunity to visit artists’ work spaces with links to artists’ pages on the Somerset Art Works website as well as to their own social media channels and websites. The event programme will run over the 16 days of Open Studios with news, information and updates on the Somerset Art Works website so audiences can get involved. With an introduction from Somerset Art Work’s patron, Kevin McCloud, the programme will feature daily events including workshops, demonstrations and talks where audiences can find out more about artists’ processes and practice.
Digital Open Studios starts with the launch of the Somerset Reacquainted exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, featuring work by 63 Somerset Art Works Members who took part in an art in lockdown project earlier this year. Initiated by Sara Dudman RWA, in partnership with Somerset Art Works, the project provided a creative catalyst for artists in isolation, reconnecting their practice with the natural world.
Each weekend is ‘Family Friendly’ with a range of activities and workshops suitable for families of all shapes and sizes and the chance to get involved in ‘how to’ events and demonstrations, as well as the final weekend linking to the world’s biggest drawing festival, ‘The Big Draw’.
Look out for the launch of the Digital Open Studios Guide at the start of September which will feature work by more than 200 artists in over 100 venues. Visitors can use the guide to plan their own visits and see what Somerset Art Works members have been working on and take a virtual tour around the county. Special editorial features focus on Somerset’s five creative regions, dipping into the county’s rich cultural heritage and celebrating the diversity of creativity which now resides and works here.
Artists and makers have continued working away in the privacy of their studios and are now ready to welcome visitors and share their work with you!
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An annual countywide celebration of the variety and quality of contemporary visual art and craft that can be found in Somerset. Since its inception in 1994 it has become an important event in Somerset’s calendar, delighting art lovers near and far. The event alternates between Open Studios and Festival years. The 2019 Somerset Art Weeks Festival saw over 80,000 visitors engage with art and creativity across 135 venues throughout Somerset.