Bridport and West Dorset Open Studios event starts this weekend


    BRIDPORT’S renowned annual Open Studio event launches this coming weekend and runs for nine days with new dates from September 9th to 17th.

    Now in it’s 19th year, the event was started by artist Caroline Ireland (this year’s guide cover artist) to celebrate Bridport’s remarkable art scene, and has grown over the years to become a distinctive showcase for the artists who live and work in this vibrant creative community.

    This year, you can discover 78 of West Dorset’s finest artists, designers and craftspeople in their studios, homes and galleries.

    The open event offers visitors a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of the artist’s studio, with an opportunity to talk with the artists and see first-hand their working progress. Most venues will have a diverse range of original artworks for sale, as well as cards and prints.

    Pick up a Free 48-page guide to the event with details about all participating artists as well as six maps and directions to all the venues. The guide is available from arts centres, galleries and Tourist Information Centres across the West Country.

    Distinctive arrows and banners across Bridport and West Dorset will further signpost the way to the 53 venues taking part this year.

    A wide variety of art will be on show including painting, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, photography, textiles, jewellery, glass pieces, woodturning, hats from a local milliner, and metal pieces from an artisan blacksmith. For up to date information follow the event on Twitter: @BridportOS and Facebook and visit the website:

    For a full list of participating artists visit

    Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.