Since 2000, Warwickshire Open Studios has gained an outstanding reputation for helping visual artists and designer makers across the Warwickshire and Coventry area connect with art lovers who enjoy, buy, commission and participate in their work. Our aim is to make art accessible for all – we therefore welcome artists of all ages / abilities / mediums and encourage a diversity of venues.
What do we do?
Our annual Summer Art Weeks is Coventry and Warwickshire's biggest FREE arts event and regularly attracts over 30,000 visits a year. Over a 16-day period, over 300 artist members open their homes, studios and pop-up exhibitions to the public. While many people find it daunting to visit an art gallery, they often feel more comfortable going to a public space like a village hall, church or shared studio space – enabling our members to display their art to a much broader audience.
This year we are celebrating our 21st birthday and so we took this opportunity to look back at all those who we have supported. Across the years, nearly 1,400 individual artists have got involved in our summer event with a small handful having taken part in each one and 30 artists having done at least ten.
We also offer our members other opportunities to promote and sell their work at different venues throughout the year. This includes a Secret Studio Sale early in the year that offers artists the chance to clear their workshops of art and art materials – grander than a car boot and more arty than a jumble sale!
Who are we?
As a self-funded membership organisation, we are run entirely by volunteers who are all artists themselves or art enthusiasts.
Our current Board members are:
The Board is supported by a small but growing team who help with planning, marketing, administration and distribution. We couldn’t operate without our volunteers, so we try to identify specific tasks or projects that make getting involved more manageable and less of a time commitment.
We are delighted to support the following organisation:
We are also actively developing links with various local arts venues and organisations, such as Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Compton Verney Art Gallery, the LSA and Art in the Park.