Birmingham Open Studios is a great celebration of artistic talent in the city. Now in its second year, the event is extremely popular with both artists and the public. And our owner Michele White is taking part...
Michele White at work in her studio in the Jewellery Quarter, BirminghamThe concept is simple. Choose a weekend and throw open the doors to artist’s homes and work spaces. Open Studios, which originally started life in America, allow a wider audience to appreciate works of art where they are made. There's an informal, welcoming feel to an Open Studio. You can enjoy a cup of tea with an artist whilst chatting to them about how they create their pieces. This year’s Birmingham Open Studios will run on the weekends of 8 – 9 September and 15 – 16 September. There’s a handy map of exhibitors at the ArtsBrum website. You can catch Michele in Moseley Village on both Sundays, where she will be exhibiting her jewellery at A Painted Room. Michele said:
‘Open Studios is such a great idea. It brings artists closer to the public and gives people a glimpse into how people work. There’s also the chance to discover lots of new places selling beautiful things for your home, or in my case, bespoke fine jewellery!’ArtsBrum successfully launched an online space for artists and art lovers in 2016. Their site features listings, a shop, and an artists' database. They then decided to launch Birmingham Open Studios. Organiser and ArtsBrum founder Owen de Visser added:
‘The concept is hugely beneficial to artists, art lovers and the community. It is a great family-friendly event that opens up new avenues for artists. Many may have previously struggled for business and recognition. Open Studios has worked well in other cities because of the personal, face-to-face, human element. It's much easier to encapsulate what an artist’s thought process is when the artist explains it themselves.'
What is Open Studios?
- Open Studios allows artists to display and sell their art from their own home or a local studio
- The concept has existed for decades in cities from Cambridge to New York
- Art lovers visit the artist’s residence or studio space over the course of a weekend
- Entry to each studio is free for the public
- This year, Birmingham Open Studios has expanded and is aiming to get 50+ artists involved
- Last year’s participating artists are still currently receiving new commissions
- Birmingham Open Studios 2018 will run 8/9th and 15/16th September
- This year event is expanding to include Selly Park and Stirchley
More about ArtsBrum...
- The website features local artists via a free database, featured articles & interviews
- The site has already led to commissions and exhibition spaces
- All exhibitions are listed in an easy-to-understand ‘What’s On’ guide
- The online shop sells only local art, promoting trade in Birmingham
- Open Studios is looking to expand annually to cover South Birmingham
- There are regular featured charity and fundraising spots