Georgia: Open Studios Reflection
With 177 attendee’s over the 12 hours that we opened for our annual Open Studios weekend, which happened earlier this month, I can proudly say that the event was again another success for Making Space.
We managed to get a photo spread in The News and a feature in Craft and Design Magazine.
As the apprentice here at Making Space and as part of my gold arts award, I helped co-ordinate Open Studios 2016. From support of the Making Space team, we were able to pack the weekend full of exciting exhibitions, guest artists and craft demonstrations. (Photo’s of demonstrations below.)
This event is the only time a year that our resident tenants open their creative spaces to the public. Open Studios offers everyone such a fabulous opportunity to share and learn. Visitors were complimentary about how artists were willing to discuss their art, experiences and processes. People loved the quality, “high workmanship”, dedication and variety with one commenting that they enjoyed meeting “a lot of interesting talented people.”
Alongside our talented tenants opening their studios, Making Space also got the opportunity to share the amazing outreach and community work that we have worked on over the last year. Showcasing projects such as Make Do and Mend’s ‘A Stitch in Time.’ (Photos below)
As always, Making Space invited all of it’s participants on the creative courses to exhibit in ‘Inspired.’ This was a true highlight to all of our course tutors and of course the talented participants who created pieces in Jewellery, Fused Glass and Ceramics.
A new addition to this year’s event was ‘Made By Hands.’ Through my gold arts award, I got the amazing opportunity to lead and curate this exhibition, which was focused around the theme craft. ‘Made By Hands’ was a student showcase highlighting the talent of local young makers who are attending further education in the local area. Artwork came from Chichester, Highbury and Havant Sixth Form College. This exhibition was the biggest success of the weekend for me personally; as I was able to see attendees enjoy and comment on the work exhibited.
Some visitor’s comments included “It was good to see the college youngsters work” and “Love the support and confidence Making Space gives to students.” (Photos of Made By Hands below)
Overall, the weekend (including the private view) offered an amazing opportunity for new people to learn about Making Space and what we have to offer around visual arts and craft.
Here are some comments collected from audience feedback;
“Very friendly, wonderful people, very helpful and inspiring.”
“Very informative, lots of inspiration to try new things.”
“Enormous amount of beautiful and varied work on show and having the opportunity to speak to artists about their work.”
A massive thank you to all of the volunteers who helped over the weekend, Jasmin Hughes who undertook her week work experience with us in the lead up to Open Studios, our studio tenants and all of you guys who turned up to enjoy and experience what the weekend had to offer!