Our recent successful and very busy Big Art Fair in Hitchin clearly demonstrated a great thirst for being out and about. We’re delighted to be sharing our art with the world again and we know our visitors are ready too. Who’s up for the adventure and exceptional opportunity to let our art unfold? Visitors can expect to be inspired by original artwork, prints and greetings cards. What can be more exciting that the chance to experience, or even perhaps purchase a special piece of art, direct from the artist? Let’s get out there – what will you discover?
The original In-Person Open Studios format is now backed by all the virtual capability developed in 2020, and we have artists taking part In-Person or Online. New web- and social media-based Virtual Open Studios features allow Open Studios to be enjoyed 24 hours a day, wherever the visitor might be: at home, on the road or at a venue.
Our website is an invitation for the whole of Hertfordshire (and beyond) to join our amazing celebration of the visual arts. Powerful, simple and effective searches allow viewers to explore trails via art media, Theme, location, opening day or other personal criteria. A special section includes live information, featuring up to the minute news from around the county, collated from Social media. Would you like a personal virtual appointment with one of the Open Studios Artists? Just get in touch via their Gallery page to arrange an appointment. Want to see working studios? There will be plenty of in-person options and also video studio tours to browse. Want to find out more about an artist? Again, biographies and meet-the-artist videos are a simple and informative way to start.
2021 features the daily Themes that proved so very popular in 2020 when they were introduced. Our artists take this inspiration to present or discuss different aspects of their art practice with daily Flipbooks, videos, live Social Media streams and on-line exhibitions. To illustrate just three of this year’s 23 Themes, we nod to the Olympics with Going for Gold, expect visitors to enjoy Small Pleasures, or perhaps spend some time with Reflections.
Finding an Open Studio is simple. Use our website and re-designed online e-Brochure to plan your visits before you set out. On the street, just look for yellow bunting, direction arrows and banners outside venues. Our yellow pavement branding is like a friend to welcome you at the gate, saying come on in.