Call for Artists for 2017 York Open Studios

Applications are now open for the 2017 popular York Open Studios event which sees artists across the York area welcoming visitors into their studios. For visitors it’s a chance to take a peek into the workshops of painters, printmakers, potters, sculptors, jewellers and a host of other artists and for the artists themselves it presents a unique opportunity to promote their work directly to art lovers. There is also a generous financial bursary available for artists with installation work to help with their development. 

The event, which will run across two weekends in April 2017, is open to artists and craftspeople working in a wide variety of media and full application details are available on the website The deadline for applications is 12 September 2016 and both new and established artists are encouraged to apply.

With venues right across York the event offers a chance to discover art in a range of spaces which are rarely open to the public, from town houses to cottage workshops and adapted garden sheds, historic buildings, colleges and community spaces. In all of them the makers themselves can be found ready to show their work in person.

Robin Grover Jacques

Robin Grover-Jacques

York Open Studios is run by a voluntary committee, half of whom are artists themselves and whose hard work and enthusiasm defines the character of the event. This year sees some important changes:

  • Chair Anne Hutchison was the originator and a co-founder of York Open Studios in 2001. She has invested a huge amount of time and energy in this unpaid role and has taken the event from being a new idea which artists had to be persuaded to join to a calendar fixture which is now so popular applicants have to be turned away. Anne will be passing the reins to a new Chair who will be confirmed at the York Open Studios AGM in October.
  • Peter Donohoe, who has been part of the event for many years and Deputy Chair for at least 5 years, is stepping down. He will be very much missed for his wisdom and sense of humour. 
  • Jonathan French, will pass the role of treasurer to Marcia Fleming. Jonathan has made a huge difference and applied excellent changes and updates to the event’s financial systems. 

Now York Open Studios is blessed with arrival of some keen new faces, all raring to go; they are Robin Grover-Jacques, Jo Bagshaw, Rebecca Carr, Eloise Crosby and Marcia Fleming all looking to take the event into its next era, joining Chris Storrs, Jane Duke (photo at the top of the page) and Beccy Ridsdel who have all done several years service in this increasingly popular event.

Interested artists can find out more and apply online via

Courtesy Jane Redfern tel 07724 131179 / email

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