This annual event is for artists in Wandsworth to show and sell their work from their home or studio for the first two weekends of October
The event is managed by Wandsworth Arts Team in conjunction with a Steering Group of local area representatives.
The local area reps co-ordinate publicity and promotional activities through networks of artists taking part in five ‘cluster’ areas: Putney; Central Wandsworth; Battersea; Tooting, Furzedown & Balham and Southfields.
Contact information for the local trails can be found here.
Artists and creative makers who live or work in the borough of Wandsworth – embracing all aspects of craft, design, sculpture, painting, print, photography, drawing, film, and installation. Artists taking part should be confident with presenting and selling their work and will need to have sufficient quantity and quality of work to do so.
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Public Liability (Insurance) and Risk Assessment
If you are not already insured, the best way to do so is through the a-n AIR programme. AIR-Artists' Interaction & Representation - is a membership scheme for practicing visual and applied artists that provides a range of professional benefits as part of the artist subscription with a-n The Artists Information Company. All UK based a-n+AIR subscribers receive £5m public liability cover for free.For more information visit http://www.a-n.co.uk/air
Open Studios Network & Comms: www.openstudiocomms.org
Do open and be present at the advertised times. Remember that how a visitor experiences your ‘open house’ affects others and the project as a whole - consider the event from their point of view and make them feel welcome!
Do identify your house or studio clearly for visitors who might feel shy about knocking on strange doors – use balloons, posters, banners etc.
Do pull your weight and contribute to the success of the event by putting posters up locally, distributing publicity and promoting online and through social networking.
Do link up with other artists/ makers in your local area. You will benefit from support, and advice – including top tips on how to manage sales.
Do please encourage visitors to fill out the evaluation forms provided in your bundle. Feedback is essential to the future success of the event. We also ask that you complete a short online survey to give us your own feedback.
Don’t be in competition with other open houses. The visitor is enjoying the event as a whole – and just as it works in Lewes for antiques, or Hay-on-Wye for books, you will benefit from the compare and contrast of being alongside each other.
Don’t leave it to the last minute to set up your show. It takes more thought and preparation than you might think!
Don’t leave personal objects, valuables and too much clutter around. Make your home/studio interesting and inviting and remember that children may come along too.
Don’t cook during the day as the smells can put people off and definitely avoid bring in any fast foods or microwavable soups.
Do have fun!