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Advice on running an Open Studio

Lots of artists these days participate in "Open Studios". The idea is to open up your home, or share a studio with others, at the same time as other artists do the same in your town. Here's some advice on running an Open Studio to make the visitor experience a good one.
Posted: Wednesday 1st June 2011

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I'm not running an Open Studio this year with Cambridge Open Studios, but they do offer good advice which applies to anyone who is involved in showing their work to the public, or even to a small group of people you have invited to view your art works. Edward and Althea kindly have let me reproduce their advice: 

"We as individuals and COS (Cambridge Open Studios) as an organisation will have expended an enormous amount of time, effort (and money) in attracting people to our studios. We now need to think a bit what we do with them once we have got them there.

 
For the most part we are effectively inviting people into our home and we need to do what we would normally do under those circumstances, make them feel welcome, make them feel we are pleased to see them and, in essence, make them feel at home.
 
We need to start up a conversation with them, to involve them in a dialogue which revolves around the work you have on show. They need to see how passionate you are about your work and hence become involved in it. Diffidence has no place in this exercise......


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