For 16 years Devon Artist Network (DAN) has championed the individual, self-employed artists and galleries in Devon, including supporting artists through economic hard times. This year will be no exception.
After consultations between the Board and the 200 artists who signed up to open their private studios to the public, the agreed plan is to OPEN for the event Devon Open Studios 12th-27th September 2020 connecting our artists with local art lovers and the many visitors to the region. Devon is brimming with talented artists working in studios that are keen to open to the general public, giving their work exposure, feedback, and sales.
Many Devon artists have suffered extreme financial hardship during the lockdown period and Devon Open Studios enables them to sell their work without commission straight to the public, allowing a crucial economic boost in these unprecedented times. After consultations the participants felt that they could manage and control the social distancing procedures and allow the public access to their studios many of which are separate buildings or annexes.
At present the DAN Board are all collaborating with artists to reimagine and meet the needs of the artists involved this year, focusing on a larger scale digital marketing campaign and creating an online ‘flippable’ brochure.
Devon Open Studios will provide the framework and support for the artists to ensure that all the venues will have the safety of both visitors and artists as their first priority.
The organization understands the crucial role Devon Open Studios event plays in fostering connections between local artists and the public annually
Over the years Devon Open Studios has seen nearly half a million visitors enjoy the event and we hope that both regulars and those new to us will seek us out again.
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More information about Devon Artist Network’s ‘Devon Open Studios’ annual event can be found on the website: www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk. A free guide to the event with colour coded maps and every artist illustrated, will be available digitally in July.