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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 artist’ 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 special event programme will run over the 16 days of Open Studios with daily news, information and notifications published 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 exhibi?on 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. Ini?ated by Sara Dudman RWA, in partnership with Somerset Art Works, the project provided a creative catalyst for artists in isolation, reconnec?ng their practice with the natural world.

Each weekend is ‘Family Friendly’ with a range of activites and workshops suitable for families of all shapes and sizes and the chance to get involved in ‘how to’ events and demonstra?ons, 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 features 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 celebra?ng 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 open their digital doors and share their work with you!

For more details, please see: somersetartworks.org.uk or contact the Somerset Art Works office (normally on 01458 253800 but currently on 07715 528441), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, or Paul Newman via email: paul.newman@somersetartworks.org.uk


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