Artists invited to join Devon Open Studios 2011

Joseph Bulmer

THE call has gone out for artists, crafters and makers across North Devon to register now for the ever growing Devon Open Studios event.

Throughout the county this September artists of all genres will be inviting the public into their homes, studios and galleries – many in stunning locations – for a unique but informal chance to meet the artist and watch them work.

Although the event runs from September 3-18, all artists or makers who wish to take part must be registered by March 1.

Last year more than 260 took up the offer, at 133 locations across Devon and it is open to any artists who care to apply, bringing together some of the top talent in the region to celebrate both established and emerging artists.

Organisers said the 2010 event was a tremendous success, with total sales and commissions reaching �158,355, a 40 per cent increase compared to 2009.

“Devon Open Studios is more than just an exhibition of artwork,” explained media officer Natacha Du Pont De Bie.

“It gives focus and confidence to local artists and allows them to show in a completely different way than the gallery framework. Opening your studio gives people a chance to buy in a comfortable environment and art enthusiasts bring friends along.”

Among those taking part in 2010 was Bideford artist and illustrator John Hurford, whose psychedelic style of painting and fantasy-inspired scenes has featured in more than 80 book titles.

Application packs to take part in this year’s event are available from event co-ordinator, Linda Hajdukiewicz - call (01271) 828180 or email linda@m2z.co.uk. Or download one via www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/DOSRegistration.

It is the flagship event of Devon Artist Network Ltd, which promotes, celebrates and champions the visual arts in Devon. The 2010 event received funding from Devon County Council’s Arts Investment budget.

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