Herts Open Studios 2020 – Call for Artists and Venues Opens 1st March 2020

Herts Open Studios 2020 runs from 12th September - 4th October 2020 

Registration for our amazing 30-year celebration Open Studios will begin on 1st March and is open to Herts Visual Arts members. 

Artists, artisans and designer-makers who live or work in or on the borders of Hertfordshire can take part in Open Studios from Saturday 12th September to Sunday 4th October. 


Already a member? Watch out for our newsletters, go to one of your local area meetings to share and prepare with other artists in your area, catch up with members-only information by logging in.

Not a member yet? We recommend you sign up as soon as possible. This gives you the best insider information, access to members-only contacts and opportunities and gets you ahead in your preparation.  


Open Studios 2020 runs from Saturday 12th September to Sunday 4th October 2020 – 3 full weeks of art and opportunity that brings artists, artisans and art-lovers together.  Inspiration, discovery and rich opportunity are all to be found with this long-running event that puts art into the heart of our communities across Hertfordshire. It’s a very popular and well-established part of the Hertfordshire annual art calendar. All professional and amateur visual artists, makers and designers who live or work in or near Hertfordshire are invited every year to be part of Herts Open Studios.

2020 is a very special year for us.  Not only are we celebrating 30 years since the first group of Hertfordshire artists got together to welcome visitors to their studios, but this year is also Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020. With more going on and more reasons to be part of our thriving art community, it’s a great year to be a Herts Visual Arts Forum member and event visitor. We are particularly keen for members from our earliest years to get in touch.   

As a major contributor to the Year of Culture since the very beginning, Herts Visual Arts is delighted that the September Year of Culture theme is centred around our very own Open Studios - Meet the Maker, alongside Heritage and History. What better time to explore our county?

To be part of Open Studios, artists first become Herts Visual Arts members, which itself brings a fantastic range of benefits that include member-only opportunities, networking, events and an on-line gallery.  We always encourage membership sign up as early as possible. It gives the very best opportunities for early networking and venue planning with other artists. Once a member, artists apply to take part in Open Studios: registration this year is open from 1st March – 30th April 2020. 

Whatever your motivation and wherever you are on your art journey, Open Studios offers a unique chance to grow. From those starting out for the first time in their living room or garage, to established artists with a secure customer base - everyone is different. Being part of Open Studios is a cost-effective way for artists to reach a County-wide audience. It’s an opportunity to show or demonstrate work, talk about techniques and inspirations, listen to visitors and perhaps sell something – either from solo events or our highly popular group options.

This year we have again kept the group price structure that has proved so popular in recent years, encouraging groups of artists working together at a single venue. 

We also encourage personal development and perhaps membership in the future, with established classes/groups able to register for a single entry in our brochure for a class exhibition. Also this year we again welcome enquiries from schools, encouraging them to take part.

Every year there are artists wishing to take part in a shared or other suitable group venue and look forward to hearing from shops, community spaces or other potential hosts. Herts Visual Arts can also help match artists to potential venues. As a host, you’ll benefit not only from being part of Open Studios, but also the extra promotion around the Year of Culture. 

The entry fee covers a full entry in the Open Studios on-line gallery, inclusion in on-line and printed publicity materials, promotional materials and Open Studios signage for your own use. Complementing the special Anniversary Edition of the print brochure, our new web site brings excellent mobile access for visitors on the move, making journeys easier and venues simple to find. Herts Visual Arts also run a publicity campaign in the press and on social media.