Surrey Artists Open
9 - 24 June and 20 -
22 July 2012
Call 01483 519285 for a brochure
Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) is a
not for profit organisation offering artists
the chance to profile their work direct to the
public either online or in our annual summer
Open Studios event. Here the public can
visit studios, meet artists & makers, view
demonstrations, buy artwork, enter our free
prize draw, view taster exhibitions and take
part in creative workshops.
We offer this opportunity to studios
throughout Surrey and around its borders.
Jojo Rowley, ceramicist in Cobham
Look out for the orange Open Studios flags
and balloons or pick up a brochure at a Surrey
local library or arts venue.
What’s new for Surrey Artists Open
Studios summer event?
We now offer a bursary scheme for emerging
and none commercial artists, this is to make
our event as inclusive as possible and offer
a more diverse and exciting range of art to
the public. For 2012 we had 3 lucky bursary
winners: Amy Gagahan (recent graduate
specialising in architectural print design and
textiles) Joe Szabo (glass artist) and Angela
Thames (book artist and printmaker). The
deadline for bursary submissions for the
summer 2013 Open Studios event is early
For the first time we will be offering an
additional weekend to the established June
event. This will be 20 - 22 July to coincide with
the Olympic Torch coming to Surrey
Alan Brain, painter in Chobham
We will also be hosting an additional prize
draw, any member of the public that visits
more than 3 studios on bicycle during the
June event and has their loyalty card signed
by the studios they visit will be entitled to enter
our extra free prize draw for cyclists! We are
hosting this extra prize draw in celebration
of the Olympic Road Cycle races coming to
Surrey on the 28 & 29 July.
‘There is such a great collective of styles on
offer, and with over 160 studios, there will be
one open just around the corner!’
Caroline Jackman, SAOS Coordinator
Artists at the touch of a button
We also feature all of our open studios
artists and more on our online resource ‘Find
a Surrey Artist’, available throughout the
year. Here you can search for Surrey Artists,
each of whom has an individual web page
showcasing up to 12 images of their artwork;
listings of their exhibitions and workshops
and many indicate that their studio is open by
appointment throughout the year.
Our online calendar
We now offer an online calender of events,
this features our artists promoting creative
workshops, exhibitions, artist talks and art fairs
that they are participating in. This resource
is a great way to tap into what’s on offer
throughout Surrey and beyond.
How we develop as an organisation
Each year we invite our artists and our
visitors to complete short feedback and
evaluation forms. All comments and
Jim Tucker, asemblage artist in Leigh
suggestions are taken into consideration for
the future development of SAOS and Surrey
Open Studios. As an outcome we publish an
evaluation document in the autumn detailing
our events and our future proposals.
All details on SAOS and Surrey Open Studios
Gillian Harris, feltmaker in Dorking
Surrey Artists Open Studios
summer Taster exhibitions
To kick start the Open Studios event,
we have 3 taster exhibitions allowing our
audience the chance to view a selection of
From Monday 30th April to Friday 18th May.
Opening hours to be from 10am to 5pm.
All participating Open Studios artists will be
invited to submit work for this exhibition.
West Surrey Taster exhibition
At Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey,
From 9 – 24 May 2012
Private view held at 6pm on Tuesday 8 May.
Open Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm.
Car Park 1. Weekends by appointment only.
01483 682 167
Selected Surrey taster show
At Bournseside Gallery, Station Road,
4th June – 23rd July.
Open Mon 12 - 5pm, Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm
and Sun 11am - 4pm
01483 202 433
19th and 20th Century printmakers and glass
exhibited alongside local visual arts and craft.
artists work from across Surrey at one venue,
giving them an insight as to what they can
expect to see when visiting studios in June.
The Surrey taster exhibition
At East Surrey College, London Road,
Gatton Point, Redhill.
East Surrey College
Artists participating in the West areas of
Surrey Open Studios will be invited to submit
work for this exhibition.
Lewis Elton Gallery
A spacious light space above a lovely cafe,
this new idyllic gallery situated in the hart of
Surrey, with easy access on the A25 or train
from Guildford. Accommodates work from
How do we support our artists?
Through our membership scheme we offer
year round promotion of our artists online
including a dedicated web page for each at
www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk on Find A
Why is SAOS such a vital resource to
Surrey is such a diverse county, either built
up urban towns or remote and rural. Many
of our artists join our resource for the simple
chance to network with other artists and
The future of SAOS and Surrey Open
We always strive to develop this organisation
and the Open Studios event, our focus will
be on establishing a Christmas Open Studios
event; to offer residency opportunities for
artists to work in schools as part of the
Open Studio scheme and to continue with
our partnerships raising our profile and arts
for SAOS membership call 01483 519285 or
We offer monthly e-bulletins on opportunities
and events. We offer training and networking
events including ‘how to promote you and
your work to galleries’. Professional studio
photo shoots and most recently we offered
our members the chance to have their work
photographed to museum standard by Anne
Purkiss (professional museum photographer
for Watts Gallery). The results have given
many of our members’ high quality images for
their promotional portfolios.
Caroline Jackman, painter/printmaker in Godalming
makers. They also find the e-bulletins on
monthly opportunities and events a vital link to
what’s on in and around Surrey.
For artists and makers who wish to diversify
or simply build up their knowledge in
marketing or professional development, the
courses set up by SAOS or linked through
partnerships such as Social Media marketing
at East Surrey College in May are vital and
worthwhile affordable tools.
Judith Needham, willow weaver in Farham