Open Studios 2016

10-12 June

Opening party: Friday 10 June, 7-10pm
Studios open: 11-12 June, 11am – 5pm
Fundraising auction: Sunday 12 June, 5pm

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Open Studios is an exciting time of year, when we open up our building for you to explore. With around 40 artists based in the building, there’s a dynamic range of artwork to see and people to meet.

If you’ve been before, you’ll know not to miss it.
If this is your first time, you are in for a treat.

Our studio building, a grade II listed former carriageworks, is a fantastic setting for this summer event. Whether you are here to see some art, network with other creatives or just enjoy the party, there are lots of things to discover at Jamaica Street Studios.

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With internationally renowned painters, installation and sculpture artists, famous illustrators, photographers, printmakers and many more, this is no ordinary show. Couple that with the chance to make your way around our fabulous building and this is the best weekend of the year!

This year’s highlights:

  • We will be showcasing art work by children from the refugee camp in Dunkirk, created with studio artists Elaine Jones, Emma Dibben and Liz Verde.
  • Abigail McDougall will be holding a silent auction of her work over the weekend.
  • New studio artists Charlie Brandon-King, Claire Shorrock and Sarah Dennis will be making their Open Studios debuts. Charlie is a printmaker and children’s book illustrator, Claire is an illustrator and Sarah is a paper-cut artist and illustrator.

The event begins with our opening party on Friday 10 June, 7-10pm. Bristol would not be the same without it! Enjoy the Studios in the company of friends, with music, art and a great big party.

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We continue on Saturday and Sunday, at a more relaxed pace. Take your time to wander round the building, talk to artists about their work and take in the atmosphere. Teas, coffees and refreshments will be available.


Comments from last year’s Open Studios:

‘So inspiring!’
‘ A joy to see’
‘Amazing work, thank you’
‘A wonderful event. It was amazing to see the staggering range of beautiful art produced by people here, and get to chat to the artists to boot!’
‘A real treat.’

Our sponsors for Open Studios 2016 are:
Winsor and Newton
Cass Art
Niche Frames

For more information please contact Lucy Ward
facebook: Jamaica Street Artists


About jamaicastreetartists

Jamaica Street Artists is one of the largest artist-lead studios outside of London and has been established for over 15 years. The studio is housed in a grade ii listed former carriageworks, an iconic landmark in Bristol. Jamaica Street Artists is a unique and ambitious collective, holding an annual Open Studio and planning an exciting programme for the year ahead. In the past we have held group exhibitions at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and St George's, Bristol, and individual artists continue to find success exhibiting across the UK and abroad. Over the past year Jamaica Street Artists has run a dynamic fundraising campaign to safeguard our future, a new lease has now been secured, but the long-term aim remains to purchase the building in partnership. Looking towards the future Jamaica Street Artists plan to build on their success, continuing to contribute to Bristol's creative and cultural reputation and promoting the work of its artists.

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