Register for our COS21 event

Registration for this years open studios will open on 23 April 2021.
























Introduction

We are now making plans for Cheltenham Open Studios 2021 (COS21). Scheduled to run between Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th June 2021, we are aiming to engage even more local people with the wonderful art being created on their doorsteps. It would be great if you could join us.

As always, we will be producing a colour guide to accompany the event, publicising each venue and the artists exhibiting, as well as giving details of opening times and directions. In addition, we will be holding a small curated sampler exhibition at The Wilson, in the de Ferriers gallery and at Chapel Arts, in the run up to and for the duration of the event, raising awareness and offering people a taste of the range of work on show.

We will, once again, be running the very successful Small Art exhibition, where all participating artists are encouraged to donate at least one small item of artwork (5 inches square) to sell for £5 at the launch event, with the proceeds going to COS funds. These will be for sale at the launch. Any unsold will go on display at designated venues on the trail.

In addition to this, there will be a group exhibition at the Gardens Gallery. This will take the form of a 12x12” (30cm x 30cm) exhibition that is open to all members. The criteria are:

  • you are registered to take part in COS21
  • you pay a £10 fee to participate
  • you offer one stewarding slot during the GG booking (5th – 13th June)
  • your entry is 12 x 12 inches (30cm x 30cm) which is a standard off-the-shelf frame size

If there are not enough entries to cover COS costs for the gallery hire (we will need about 60 participating artists), members will be invited to put in an additional piece for an additional fee. It is open to both 2D and 3D artists. These items will be for sale, priced by the artist and with the full sale-price going to the artist. The work will remain up for the duration of the show as a signpost to your venue. This way all artists taking part in the event have opportunity to benefit.

A self-funded event

As the arts continue to struggle in the current economic climate, we feel it is even more important to embrace the Open Studios event, celebrate the work being made locally and support the development of our artistic community. We have secured some funding from Cheltenham Borough Council’s Community Pride scheme, which we are using to update our website. With social media functionality, we hope that it will enhance our online presence in advertising the event.

We plan to keep production of the guides to 10,000.

Resources will include:

  • marketing materials for venues to display
  • posters to be displayed around the centre of town
  • local media PR
  • individual artist online listings as well as in the printed guide
  • web PR
  • COS21 launch night

How to register

Registration costs £60 for member artists (individual membership is £60) or £180 for registered communities and groups, plus an additional £10 for the 12x12 group exhibition at the Gardens Gallery.

This year, we will be taking registration via our website and registration fees by bank transfer.

To get started you need to:

  • First, make sure you have an online account on our website.
  • Then, log in in to your Member Portal and check that your membership is current. If your membership is not current, you will be given instructions on how to renew.
  • Next, to create your guidebook entry, click the yellow "Start registration" button and (if applicable) register your venue. Once registered, if it is your venue then you can arrange for other artists to join you – all they need to do is select your venue's name on their own registration form. If you don't have a venue arranged, then don't worry – we can put you in touch with artist's that can provide you with an exhibition space.
  • Finally, once registered, don't forget to pay your COS event fee.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch using our contact form.

We look forward to seeing you at COS21!

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