Open Studios at Contains Art Photo: Davina Jelley.

What is ‘Somerset Open Studios’?


Somerset Open Studios draws Art Weeks back to its roots, focusing on artists in their working environment. It demonstrates how artists make their work; their process, practice and inspiration. The event aims to support artists who want to work professionally and are looking to promote their creative businesses across a range of disciplines; Books, Ceramics, Drawing, Film, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Wood.

Now the largest visual art and design event in Somerset, Open Studios showcases established names as well as introducing new and emerging artists. Venues welcome visitors of all ages, allowing a rare opportunity to see inside artists’ studios and temporary working spaces and find out first hand about the creative process, along with demonstrations, workshops, talks and visits to educate, inspire and delight.

The 2018 event will take place 15- 30 September




Guides are normally available from August and can be found in Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, all major arts and cultural venues and many other public outlets throughout Somerset and beyond. Or call in at the Somerset Art Works Office – Town Hall, Bow Street, Langport TA10 9PR. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am to 4.30pm

If you would prefer a guide to be sent directly, please send a stamped addressed envelope in the sum of £1.27 and on receipt we shall send one out.

Alternatively, you may wish to use the DONATE button and sponsor SAW in the sum of £5, when we shall also be pleased to forward a guide to you.  If you are a UK tax payer, please tick the gift aid option.

To view some of the previous Open Studios Guides, please see the following links:


Somerset Open Studios Guide 2016

Somerset Open Studios Guide 2014

Somerset Open Studios Guide 2012

Somerset Open Studios Guide 2010

Somerset Open Studios Guide 2008