July 2023: Open Art Studio, London

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An open art studio is a space where artists can create work while also allowing the public to visit and observe their process and meet the artists. I genuinely love telling people about our open art studio events because I’ve found that art studios and how artists work in their space is something that intrigues people. 

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Delta House Studios where I have my studio

I have a studio at Delta House Studios and twice a year we run open art studio events. These events run over three days, and more than fifty artists open their studios to the public. It’s a very relaxed, comfortable experience where visitors can view the art in the place it’s made and if they want can bring some artwork home. Open art studios are a great way for artists to connect with their audience and create a sense of community within the art world.

Our next open studio event will be held from the 24-26 November. Please find full details here and if you are reading this outside of London, make sure you google local open studio events as they shouldn’t be missed!

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Open Art Studio at Wimbledon Art Studios 2016

My experience with open studio events

I have been participating in open art studio events for many years. I find them beneficial to my art practice because they tend to attract a diverse audience of art enthusiasts, collectors, and fellow artists. They also allow me to build connections within the art world, and potentially collaborate on future projects.

This is a very important point because I spend a lot of my time at work alone in my studio (which I enjoy!) however open studios allow me to gain further insight into what I’m making through the conversations I have with people interested in my work.

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Open Studio 2017 at Wimbledon Art Studios

I know from chatting with people who come to open studios that they enjoy the experience and interaction of seeing a wide range of artwork created by different artists in one dedicated space. I also think being able to explore various styles, techniques, and themes can help people develop their sense of taste when it comes to buying art and what they want to express about themselves.

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Open Studio 2019 at Delta House Studios

The History of Open Art Studios

During the Renaissance in Europe, artists began to establish their own individual studios. These studios were often located in cities such as Florence and Rome, where artists could find inspiration and patronage from wealthy individuals and institutions such as the Medici Family. Renaissance artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo had extensive studios where they not only created their own artwork but also taught and mentored other artists.

Today, art studios come in a variety of forms and sizes, reflecting the diverse practices and needs of contemporary artists. Some artists work in traditional indoor studios, while others may prefer to work outdoors or in communal spaces. Advancements in technology have also opened up new possibilities for artists, with many now utilizing digital tools and virtual studios.

Overall, the history of art studios is a testament to the enduring importance of dedicated spaces for artistic creation and innovation. While the forms and functions of studios may change over time, their role in nurturing and promoting artistic expression remains a constant.

Personally, my studio plays a very important role in my life as it is not only where I work and create its also the only time I have purely to myself without other life distractions. It’s a real oasis of calm, indulgent time for me!

Aisling Drennan is an award-winning abstract artist with a London, UK-based art studio.

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