OPEN STUDIOS call out
Canberra 5 – 25 November 2018
DESIGN Canberra celebrates and
promotes Canberra as a global city of design. It is the main public outreach
activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, and through the festival we aim
to explore the best contemporary craft and design, develop new and expanded
audiences, forge marketplace connections and unexpected collaborations, and provide
makers with a source of inspiration.
Throughout November 2018, over 100
events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist open studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra, transforming the
nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now
in its 5th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are
free. The 2018 festival will build on the success of DESIGN Canberra 2017,
which saw over 94,000 people attend.
Call for Expressions of Interest to Participate - Open Studios
Open Studios have been a feature of
DESIGN Canberra since the 2014 festival. An Open Studio is a unique opportunity
for the general public to engage directly with artists and designers, to learn
about, and hopefully to purchase, their work. Collectively, the program also
makes an invaluable contribution to DESIGN Canberra’s efforts to create a
culture that values craft artists and designers and the work they produce. As
we work hard to attract new and more diverse audiences for design, Open Studios
are a revealing part of the festival’s offering and one of the main ways we aim
to give benefit back to Craft ACT members.
Each year DESIGN Canberra gains more
experience in what makes an Open Studio successful for both makers and
attendees. In 2017 we sought, as much as possible, to group studios together by
location so that audiences could easily visit a number of studios in one
outing. We also standardised opening times to be each Saturday from 10am – 4pm
to avoid confusion. These changes benefited the program, which received over
3,400 attendees over three days, more than double 2016.
There are ideas from successful
Open Studios, both practical and creative, you may want to consider in thinking
about hosting an open studio that works for you and the visitors to the studio:
- Ceramicist Bev Hogg makes
an event of her annual open studio, now timed to coincide with Design Canberra.
She enlists multiple volunteer helpers to be on hand to greet and talk to
visitors, serves food, has music and promotes as heavily as possible through
social media and other communication channels;
Textiles artist Annie Trevillian
also has multiple helpers on hand, who are able to greet visitors and sell work
to people in an especially set up area downstairs, while upstairs she is able
to display and speak to visitors about her work, practice and process.
a collective of makers, held an open studio at Watson Arts Centre that combined
the ritual of tea drinking with their sale of ceramics. They also hired a group
of musicians and promoted the event heavily using beautiful photographs through
social media (do you see a trend
developing here about the use of social media … )
Wood artist Hiroshi Yamaguchi
had flocks of people, especially families, to his studio where he was offering
chopstick making workshops. For a small cost, visitors could make their chopsticks
and take them home.
In brief, it’s worth thinking about how you can do something to
create an experience for visitors while being authentic to your craft.
Prior to the festival, Craft ACT will run a
series of professional development workshops for members in photographing your
work, hosting a successful open studio and using social media. More details
will be announced soon.
Who can hold an Open Studio?
All open studios nominated by
members will be accepted. Open studio events nominated by non-members will be
included by selection by Craft ACT and that selection will be final.
When to hold your Open
We will run Open Studios on each Saturday of the festival - so Saturday 10, 17 and 24 of November. Our aim, as in 2017, will be to cluster the studios together by location to make it as easy for possible as attendees. The opening times will be 11 - 4 each of those days.
As you express your interest, you will be asked about your preference among those dates and we will do our best to meet people's dates requests. We would ask that you please be as flexible as possible when indicating your availability, as even still it will be hard for us to accommodate everyone's first preference.
What is involved:
You will be
- Organisation of
your Open Studio
- Staffing during
your Open Studio
- All relevant
insurances and public liability (Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members
and Associate Members have insurance included in their membership)
- Ensuring safety
of any/all participants for your Open Studio
- All costs
associated with your Open Studio
- Payment of the
Participation Fee (for non-members of Craft ACT)
- Delivery of
promotional information by due dates (as requested by Craft ACT) to be
used for promotional purposes
What will DESIGN Canberra do?
DESIGN Canberra festival will
manage the Open Studios program overall, including selecting and coordinating
open dates and times among the nominated studios.
DESIGN Canberra will promote the Open
Studios program through the festival’s marketing and publicity.
We will provide signage for outside the studio and make A2 posters available for studio holders
to collect from Craft ACT and display in the week(s) leading up to your event.
Hosting an Open
Studio in DESIGN Canberra is free to members of Craft ACT: Craft &
if your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to pay a Participation Fee,
of $110, when you provide your final information. Become a member of Craft ACT
– membership starts from $66.