Red Riding Hood Part2 by Francesca Dawson

Devon Open Studios makes art accessible throughout the county

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Red Riding Hood Part2 by Francesca Dawson

Devon Artist Network has announced a 42% increase in artists and makers taking part in Devon Open Studios 2011, compared to last year. There will be more than 370 artists, crafts-people and designer/makers showing in 146 venues across the county.

Devon Open Studios is the flagship event of Devon Artist Network (DAN), a membership organisation committed to raising awareness of visual arts. For 16 days between September 3 and September 18, the hundreds of artists open their doors to the public.

Joanna Radford, chairman of DAN told ArtsCulture: “I am really pleased that Devon Open Studios has attracted such a huge increase in numbers of participating artists since last year.

“It’s great that the Devon artist community is obviously backing us by voting with its feet: our membership also is up to over 470 from about 200 a year ago. We have run a number of initiatives to provide selling and exhibiting opportunities for members and Devon Open Studios, whilst being our annual flagship event, is just one of these.  Next on the DAN agenda is the launch of “Friends of DAN” to make sure that the supporters who look forward to Open Studios each year can become more involved in the other events we hold.”

The range of work on show encompasses painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, collage, works in glass, metal, wood and paper, furniture making, installations and a variety of work utilising new media. Many artists will also include demonstrations of techniques, workshops and talks.

Last year, Teignmouth painter, Liz Mogford, sold out completely.

“I was so pleased that the brochure and publicity generated visits from over 70 people without the exertion of going to a gallery. They were coming in the front door and through the back too. I loved meeting people and I sold 21 canvases.”

Julia Kelland, a multimedia artist from the South Hams also had great success. She said: “I had a fantastic time meeting all my visitors – about 350 – and had lost my voice by the end of the 16 days.”

The 2010 event attracted over 25,000 visits and saw sales of more than £158,000, with many of the participating artists making their main sales of the year at the event.

A copy of the 2011 free event guide will be available from July 2011 from Linda Hajdukiewicz on 01271 828 180 or 07768 164 560 or email: openstudios@devonartistnetwork.co.uk -If you send them your name and address, they’ll pop a copy of the brochure in the post to you.

Meanwhile check out Devon Open Studios on Facebook and @DevonArtistNet on Twitter.

Devon Open Studios takes place from September 3 to September 18.

(image: Red Riding Hood Part 2 by Francesca Dawson)





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