About Open Studios

APPLY ONLINE for Herts Open Studios 2017

What is Open Studios?

Herts Open Studios, our flagship county-wide annual event takes place during September. 2017 dates are 9th September - 1st October.

Professional and amateur visual artists, makers and designers who live or work in Hertfordshire are very welcome to apply.

Artists open their own homes/places of work or get together with other artists to welcome visitors at specified times over the three week period.  From working demonstrations to exhibitions, solo to larger group events, each venue and experience will be different.  It’s a once-a year opportunity, with thousands of Open Studios visits to see artists in action and find out what they do. 

If you’ve been part of Open Studios before, you’ll see some exciting changes, with more emphasis on on-line information, marketing and changes to the hard copy brochure/trail leaflets.  We’ll be working on designs for print materials in parallel with registrations and final entry proofing.

We would like to be clear that for 2017, we are undecided as to whether we will produce the brochure in the previous format. We are focusing on providing the most publicity in a cost effective way for the entire event, considering print costs, distribution and other factors moving forward. There will be print media - and we will keep you up to date with all of the developments.

We’ve also listened to feedback about groups and our new price structure for this year makes it easier to take part.

The full Open Studios campaign and signup starts in March, and will run until Tuesday 2nd May (the day after the bank holiday). If you renew your HVAF membership before 31st March you’ll be able to take advantage of our early-bird renewal discount.

Please read About Open Studios for more details on #HOS2017.

  • Already Herts Visual Arts Member? Log in and click ‘Apply to Open Studios’
  • Not renewed yet? Log in, renew your membership and you will be able to apply for Open Studios as soon as your Membership Payment has gone through.
  • Want to be part of Open Studios but not an HVA member yet? Take out membership and you’ll be able to sign up for Open Studios as soon as your membership payment has gone through.

Remember:

  • there are year round benefits to being an HVA member, quite aside from Open Studios
  • being part of Open Studios as well takes your work directly to a County-wide audience

How to Apply:

Open Studios applications have 2 parts: Herts Visual Arts membership followed by Open Studios sign up. 

New and renewing HVA members:  full HVA membership details, fees and benefits can be found here.

2017 Herts Open Studios Fees (once HVA membership is complete)

We’ve also listened to feedback about groups and our new price structure for this year makes it even easier to take part.

  • Solo Artist: £90
  • Lead Artist in a group: £90
  • Additional Artist in a group: £40

Please note that if you are planning to do Open Studios in a group, all group members must both be HVA members and also signed up for Open Studios.

Applications open:  Wednesday 1st March 2017

By signing up to Open Studios you are agreeing to the general organisation information outlined below, including to complete applications, proof reading or other deadline specific items on time.  You are also agreeing to attend local organisation and support meetings, work with local volunteers and also promote your own Open Studios.  Herts Visual Arts provides on-line and print marketing materials, will organise 2 application support meetings and will also be promoting the event on your behalf.  In addition, HVA local volunteers will work with you to support your open studios or specific additional local events.

Applications close:  Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Organisation:

Herts Visual Arts have an Open Studios Project Manager supported by Area Coordinator volunteers.  As part of Open Studios, you will take part in area meetings, get to know other artists and also play a part in your own local area marketing. 

Open Studios is publicised via a targeted media campaign with details of each artist, their work and opening hours available online.  Supporting print materials, designed in parallel with registrations and final proofing, are widely distributed across the county, for example to libraries, museums, tourist information offices and commercial outlets. Marketing materials will be ready in plenty of time for you, alongside HVA, to market your own event and make good use of your own networks and on-line presence.

When applications have closed, you will be asked to proof read your entry prior to publication.  As a participant, you will be responsible for meeting any deadlines for entries, proof-reading, changes etc. Specific timescales and deadlines will be announced as part of the on-going organisation.

Everyone taking part in Open Studios instantly becomes part of their local network of artists working alongside HVA volunteers.  These networks and Local Area Coordinators support everyone and are particularly valuable to artists new to Open Studios. 

Before applications close, there will be 2 opportunities/meetings to get specific additional help, perhaps with your application, preparing an image or Open Studios itself.  Dates for these meetings will be publicised later so please watch out for meeting announcements in your newsletter.

Please visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch with Herts Visual Arts, or if you are ready to become a Herts Visual Arts member you can join on-line.

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Open Studios information will be available on line and also in print.

We would like to be clear that for 2017, we are undecided as to whether we will produce the brochure in the previous format. We are focusing on providing the most publicity in a cost effective way for the entire event, considering print costs, distribution and other factors moving forward. There will be print media - and we will keep you up to date with all of the developments.

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