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Norfolk Open Studios 2009 is coming
Norfolk Open Studios 2009
As part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2009, artist's studios will once again open their doors to showcase the thriving range of work being produced in Norfolk.
Norfolk Open Studios is the largest annual art event of its kind in Norfolk and it provides an opportunity for artists, photographers, painters, sculptors and illustrators to throw open their studio doors and showcase their work to the public.
The Norfolk Open Studios, part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2009, runs from Saturday 16 – Sunday, 31 May, 2009.
During the 2008 event, studios around the county saw almost 27,000 art enthusiasts experience the quality of art produced in Norfolk from 254 participating artists. A total of £224,000 worth of work was sold.
For many artists around Norfolk, the open studio scheme gets their names out in the public domain.
Vik Ellis prepares for the studios
"As a full time professional artist, Norfolk Open Studios is an important date on my calendar," said Vik Ellis, an artist from Norwich.
"It is by far the best way of reaching local art buyers and interested people - not just through visits to my studio, but also via broader events such as the taster exhibition," she added.
It is not simply about selling art, but also networking for the future.
"The studios are the one opportunity for me to get lots of feedback from the people who buy my work," said Trevor Woods, a contemporary artist from Briston, north Norfolk.
"Their feedback not only reassures me that I am heading in the right direction, but can also inspire me throughout the year. It's about so much more than just selling my work - it's an opportunity to network.
"In Briston, there is a group of artists who get together to create an open studios trail each year.
"It has greatly increased the number of visitors who come during Open Studios and we also find it's a good way to engage with the local community, who sometimes don't have any idea about what we do."
Visual arts programme
Norfolk Open Studios 2009 will be in its 15th year, forming a core part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival's visual arts programme.
Trevor Woods believes in networking
The programme has expanded in 2009 to include a range of art forms at large-scale, outdoor and site specific events and it aims to encompass circus, physical/visual theatre and dance.
The Norfolk Open Studios in 2009 is fundamental in making the overall festival a success.
"The success of Norfolk Open Studios in 2008 was that it brought in more people than ever before into contact with visual arts right across the county," said Jonathan Holloway, artistic director of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
"Norfolk Open Studios embodies so much of what is fundamental to us.
"It's about engaging people's senses and emotions in a manner that challenges and surprises and it's about the potential to uncover new work in unexpected and sometimes daring ways."
The Norfolk Open Studios 2009 runs from Saturday 16 – Sunday, 31 May, 2009.
last updated: 03/03/2009 at 16:47