For sixteen days in June Surrey artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for the annual Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) event taking place in artist’s studios right across the county. There will be 297 artists taking part in 180 studios, our largest event to date.
As well as a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, the summer open studios event offers visitors the opportunity to view demonstrations, buy artwork, enter a free prize draw and even get involved in creative workshops. Studio locations are throughout Surrey and its borders.
The launch weekend happens on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, with artists offering an array of activities exclusively to first weekend visitors to this popular county-wide event. There will be the opportunity to take part in taster workshops and handling sessions with different materials across the arts and crafts as well as refreshments especially put on for the weekend.
“This unique event offers an exciting opportunity to meet artists and makers in Surrey, many of whom are offering the public the chance to get hands on and discover their own creativity through the many workshops and taster sessions,” says SAOS coordinator Caitlin Heffernan. “This year we are also delighted to be offering a number of bursaries to emerging artists taking part for the first time”
“Whatever your interest, painting, printmaking, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry or sculpture, SAOS is a brilliant opportunity to discover the county through the vast network of creative people who live and work here.”
A number of artist trails will help visitors plan a full day out, just ask for details when you visit a studio, or check out the SAOS website. In 2018 16,000 people visited the studios of Surrey artists making it a true highlight of the cultural year in the county.