Information for Visitors

Welcome to Open for Art 18th May to 2nd June 2019

We are delighted to welcome you to our art trail featuring a talented and exciting array of our local Dorset artists, with 70 venues and over 200 artists taking part from internationally renowned professional artists through to newcomers and children’s prize-winners.

From sculptors, potters and jewellery makers through to painters, fabric artists and illustrators, there is a huge variety of work to enjoy.

Some venues are art galleries, some cafes and some are historic buildings hosting artists’ work for the 2 weeks. We have group shows and artists’ studios who are opening specially for visitors to meet and see the processes of creating art. Many can be contacted all year round for personal viewings or commissions so do keep your brochures for further reference.

Our trail takes you from Abbotsbury in the West through Poundbury, Dorchester and further East as far as Puddletown, swooping down back towards the sea and Weymouth & Portland. An exciting journey awaits through the best of Dorset countryside and seashore with sweeping views around each corner.

Please look out for our colourful brochures from local cafes and community hubs or you can follow the Open for Art trail using our on-line brochure with interactive maps to discover more about the artists at each venue and make it easier to find.

We hope you will enjoy the journey and the art and the experience of meeting the artists living and working in our midst.

Open for Art official launch

We hope you will be able to join us for the events official launch at Sculpture by the Lakes (Venue 39) on Saturday 11th May. We are planning an exciting programme of art demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists taking part, painting “ en plein air” amongst this beautiful scenery. Sculpture by the Lakes are offering a special entry price of £7.50 for the day, although access to the gallery and café are free.
Please note: no dogs or children under 14.

Social Media Campaign

We have a team working hard to promote our event and the artists taking part. Do please support us by liking and sharing our posts:

Facebook: open for art Dorset @openforart19
Instagram: openforart_dorset
Twitter: @openforart19 #openforartdorset

Magazine Promotions

Look out for mentions of Open for Art and articles in various magazine such as Coast Magazine (May Edition), Dorset Life, Dorset Living, Dorset Magazine, Just About Dorset, Evolver, Marshwood Vale, Poundbury Magazine as well as other local publications and newspapers.

Info for visitors