Cheshire Open Studios

Cheshire Open Studios is an exciting and successful free annual event that has taken place annually in Cheshire for sixteen years. During this time between 40-80 artists and craft makers open their studios each year, either as individuals or in-groups, over 3-4 weekends.

In 2014 Cheshire Open Studios is celebrating 17 years of Open Studios. Every year they are looking at ways to make this a very special event for their participants and visitors with interactive, fun and inspiring art events across Cheshire. This year the event is spread over 4 weekends in September with an OPEN Exhibition which will run either prior or during the open studios weekends. From 2013 they commenced holding the exhibition as an “OPEN” exhibition for ALL Cheshire-based professional artists. The initiative supports professional visual artists, craft makers and artisans who often work in isolation; enabling networking and mutual support. The project addresses the lack of contemporary local galleries within Cheshire by promoting artists in their own spaces and encouraging new opportunities for residencies, commissions, selling, exhibiting and teaching.

They would be pleased to see more participation by experimental or conceptual artists and recent graduates whom receive a 25% discount off the membership fees. There is no selection process for participants for the Open Studios Artist category however all participating artists must be professional or semi-professional artist living and working in Cheshire with an ongoing portfolio of work. There is however a selection process for Exhibiting Only artists for the OPEN exhibition. The exhibition venue may also have its own selection procedure. The open studios event is a unique chance to meet local professional artists, to discover how and where they produce their work and provides the opportunity to buy from them directly at reasonable prices.

During the event the Cheshire county is divided into a number of areas giving visitors the opportunity to visit several local studios in one day over the course of 3 or 4 weekends. Cheshire Open Studios is a self-funding, not-for-profit, artist led project, run by a voluntary steering group and project coordinator. Many of the artists that take part are also members of Cheshire Artists Network. So they hope you will join the Cheshire Open Studio Art Trail fun this year by following the Yellow signs that clearly mark each studio location.

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Cheshire Open Studios