Swindon Open Studios 2016

 Welcome to Swindon Open Studios website
We're busy preparing for our 2016 event on the 3/4 &10/11 September.

 We have a fabulous 64 entries this year, with many new faces!!

We're also pleased to announce that the  Made in Swindon Art Trail,   a spin-off event to SOS and runs from 5th June-3rd July. It showcases numerous artists in 16 locations across the town. For more information, please click on the following link, and visit the page shown in the side bar;


  We recently had an Original Artwork Lottery at the Arts Centre during Swindon Festival of Literature, thank you to all those who  submitted an artwork.

The lottery draw was  on Friday 13th May at 7.30pm at the Arts Centre, where possible we will deliver the artworks. Thank you so much to all those who took part, 400 tickets were sold and we raised £700. Profits of £600 will go to Prospect.

We delivered the cheque yesterday, here's the Swindon Advertiser article link:


 Please have a look at the blog: www.swindonopenstudios.blogspot.com
for photos of the lottery unveiling etc

These are the results:

Original Artwork Lottery Results

1.                  “Ebb Tide” by Vanetta Joffe – Liza Dibble

2.                  “Red Poppy” by Val Gibbons –Kauser Mc Callum

3.                  “Night & Day” by Tim Carroll – Phil Leslie

4.                  “Untitled” by Teresa Davey -  Mike Bowden

5.                  “Pembrokeshire Coastline” by Kathy Jordan – Ben Staite collected

6.                  “Starburst” by Christine Tipper – Katie Ackrill

7.                  “Untitled” by Ray Ward – Linda Loveday

8.                  “Leaves, Old Town Gardens” by Caroline Day – Benoit Philippe

9.                  “Dartmoor” by Rachel Pryor- Heather Redington

10.              “Wiltshire Landscape” by Olivia Frost – Kauser McCallum

11.              “Norfolk Bay” by John Maskalaniec – Carole New

12.              “Sapperton Tunnel, Daneway” by Sonia Leggett – Clare Flanagan

13.              “Fishes No 1” by Rachel Pryor – Jack Bryniarski

14.              “Swindon Past & Present” by Val Gibbons – Kathy Geddes collected

15.              “Swindon Bookcase” by Susan Carr – Robert Clark

16.              “Yorkshire Dales” by Naomi Cantillon – Gwyneth Weir

17.              “Bath Road, Swindon Old Town” by Terry Humphries – Jenny Hughes

18.              “Untitled” by Suzie Simmons – Teresa Davey

19.              “Lilies” by Jane Milner-Barry – Susan Turner

20.              “Fishes 2” by Rachel Pryor – Linda Kocur

21.              “From Bath towards the M4” by Kathy Jordan – Matt Holland

22.              “Untitled” by Ray Ward – Nicky Alberry

23.              “Fun learning from children” by Kathy Jordan – Mary Holder

24.              “Landscape” by Sarah Lee – Josie Cowgill

25.              “Bacchanale” by Tim Carroll –Lesley Gow

26.              ‘Untitled’ by Carmen B Norris – Louise Pevred

27.              “Etching & Watercolour” by Deb Battaglia – Rhian Morris

28.              “Fishes No 3” by Rachel Pryor – Rosemary Curtis

29.              “Summer Afternoon, Coleshill” by Susan Carr – Rohini Phalke

30.              “Revealed from Beneath” by Sally Taylor – John Needle

31.              “Untitled” by M. P. Leslie – Ela Bryniarski

32.              “Untitled” by Lisa Lane – Maggie Maguire

33.              “Untitled” by Eileen Cooper – Maggie Brunger

34.              “Rose” by Sue Pready – Jack Bryniarski

35.              “Green Cat” by Mollie Gratland – Annie Vickers

36.              ‘Birds’ by Vicky Silver – Paula Sullivan

37.              “Night Owl” by Steve Gilmore – David Dolding

38.              “Ballet Lessons” by John Maskalaniec – Rosa Hirsch-Holland

39.              “Dark Wall” by David Bent – Bill Battaglia

40.              “Sudoku” by Vanetta Joffe – Susan Turner


Have a look at our Facebook page, Facebook group, and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.co.uk@swindonopen

We've collaborated with Swindon Festival of Literature this year, and in addition to the advertisement Matt Holland, Director of the Festival puts in for us, this year, we have a front page with Tim Carroll's 'Lady in Red', seen below, and inside a whole page advertising us.


Last year we had about 10 articles featuring artists taking part in Swindon Open Studios in the  Swindon Advertiser, you can see them if you click on '2015 Adver publicity'.

What have people said about SOS 2015?

'The Studio Users at Artsite would like to thank Swindon Open Studios for organising yet another successful year of this event. For some of our Artists, this was a first time experience and they they found it both exciting and inspiring. The footfall was higher than usual and several sales were made over both weekends. We fully appreciate the sweat, blood and tears that go into organising so many different artists. . So congratulations. Getting better every year.'

'We had a fantastic Open Studios this year, with both weekends bringing lots of lovely visitors out to Stanton, it was quite sad clearing the farmhouse yesterday, but all our members enthused by the amazing comments we received are now busy planning/making for Christmas! We will be back at Stanton 28/29 Nov & 5/6 Dec.'

'Thanks to everyone who came mine and Sophie Corrigan s exhibition at the Beehive and also to Artsite, both weekends went really well, looking forward to next years. We are having a few drinks at the Beehive Friday night if anyone wants to join us, Dave ( Sophie's husband) and my housemate Jon are going to be playing there with kid calico and the astral ponies'

Ken White said:
'good weekend 165 people called in, was like a London art exhibition'.

Lynne Forrester:
'Hope everyone had a great second weekend of open studios. For me it was my sole weekend and first time with SOS. Really enjoyed it and met some utterly delightful people'.

"SOS has been a fantastic platform for showcasing my artwork, and has provided me with a yearly goal to produce affordable art that I can be proud of!"
The map of the area covered by Swindon Open Studios helped visitors locate artists.

Our Brochure, the work of Jane Milner-Barry looks wonderful, the great cover featured above, uses an image from a painting by David Robinson.
You can see it on the  Brochure 2015 page.

Why not check out our video? It was made by Nicky Ann Walker and is a real bonus to our advertising.

The Beehive Exhibition features work by Open Studios artists in the top bar of the Beehive, do have a look when you go in there.


 We've also got a Swindon Open Studios Facebook page. Why not become a friend?

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Please email us with any news you have of your forthcoming exhibitions, trips, completed work etc. An image and some text is all that is needed.

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