Open Studios 2017

September 8th – 30th



For almost 30 years, artists and makers across Hertfordshire have been welcoming visitors for the annual Herts Open Studios in September. The county’s largest free-to-enter art event is no exception in 2017 as nearly 130 artists and makers take part over 3 weeks from 9th September to 1st October 2017 inclusive. 

Countywide, more than 10,000 Open Studios visits are anticipated, with additional local events and trails adding to the journey of discovery, the opportunities for visitors. From students to graduates, individuals to families, visitors of all ages and interests are bound to find a warm welcome as they to explore the wealth of talent and creativity across Hertfordshire.

This year, the sought-after Open Studios brochure is in a new A5 format. An amazing mine of reference information with all Open Studios artists individually listed, there are indexes and more to help visitors plan individual journeys through the arts. Widely available at public locations across the county, the brochure is also available on-line via the Herts Visual Arts web site.

Visitors can always expect to find artists ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue and the brochure lists opening hours, demonstrations, refreshments and accessibility information. How often can you be sure of an opportunity to talk to an artist about their work, watch work in progress or perhaps even have a go yourself?

“Each year Open Studios is such an exciting event, both for the artists taking part and for our visitors,” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Whatever our visitors interests, wherever they are, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit, from individual studios to larger mixed groups.  Welcome to Open Studios 2017.”

Herts Open Studios takes place from 9th September to 1st October 2017 and is free to visit. Colour brochures are widely distributed across Hertfordshire, including selected museums, tourist information locations, and other public places. It includes full details of every participating artist, images of their work and opening hours. 

We look forward to welcoming you, and joining in the conversation on social media too, use the hashtag #hertsopenstudios