What is York Open Studios?
York Open Studios is an annual community arts event which represents the best of artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit artists’ studios and exhibitions.
Where is York Open Studios?
The event takes place in York and its surrounding areas. Many artists open their doors to invite the public into their workspaces, some artists will share venues or exhibit their work in other spaces available to them if their workshops are not. Artists who are not in their own workspace may display a selection of tools and materials or even demonstrate their craft to give you a more ‘Open Studio’ experience when you visit.
When does the next York Open Studios event take place?
The next event will be over two weekends - 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th April
What type of work is exhibited throughout the event?
There are a wide variety of artists and makers working across a range of disciplines such as ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, wood-carving, and multi-media.
How do I find out where artists are exhibiting?
There are lots of ways you can find out information about artists who have been selected to take part in York Open Studios. We produce a Directory and update this website each year to provide full information regarding the event, illustrating details of participating artists, including their medium and a map of York and its surrounding areas which highlight where you will be able to visit them. You can find these in libraries, shops and galleries all over York in the weeks before York Open Studios. You can also follow our pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which regularly feature artists in the run up to the event.
How do I find out about artist lectures?
York Open Studios organise lectures run by artists who have been selected for the event. The lectures usually take place at the beginning of the year in February. You can find out about these lectures by signing up to our newsletter and following our social media pages.
How do I get the most up to date information about York Open Studios?
How do I sign up for the newsletter?
You can sign up for the newsletter by entering your email in the box at the bottom of the page on our website and submit it by clicking the ‘sign up’ button.
How do we choose our artists?
When artists apply for the event, they must submit five high quality images. Then our artists are very carefully selected by a panel of five external arts affiliated professionals who will judge each artist’s application on the quality of their work. For more information about the process please read our selection process document below.
I am an artist who would like to take part in York Open Studios, how do I apply?
If you live or work within a ten mile radius of York city you are welcome to apply. The application forms go live during June and will close in August. The forms are located on CuratorSpace, links will be published on the website, social media and newsletter platforms as well as advertised on CuratorSpace. There are two application forms, one for 2D & 3D artists and one for Multi-media artists. Apply here!
Who are the York Open Studios committee?
York Open Studios is primarily organised by a number of members which make up the committee, below you will find the names, faces and job roles that each member do in regards to making the event run as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions regarding topics that contacting the committee member directly would be beneficial, feel free to email that person directly, for all general enquiries please email email@example.com
Chair, social media and image organisation
Admin and databases
Directory and print