Joining Open Studios Ayrshire as an Artist or Maker

 

Applications are now welcomed for OSA’s 2020 event. The application as a new member closes on 31st October 2019. The closing date for returning members is 30th September 2019: click here for renewals.

What is Open Studios Ayrshire?

Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) is a non-profit making, artist led, organisation which aims to promote artists and makers in Ayrshire.

Members promote their quality product and working expertise by organising an annual Open Studio Weekend, over four days, on the last full weekend of April.

Why Join OSA?

Our successful and vibrant organisation is now entering it’s seventh year.

It is constantly progressing and developing and is a great way for artists and makers throughout Ayrshire to promote their work, develop their skills and build support and friendships with other artists and makers.

We are very proud of the positive contribution OSA makes to creative life in Ayrshire.

How to Join

Applications should be made using the form below. Please read the guidance notes before completing the form.

We support a policy of equality and diversity in our membership and welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.

If you have difficulty completing the application form please contact: dianneagardner@gmail.com

Subscription

Members pay a subscription fee of £100 which enables the organisation to promote the Open Studios Weekend and other events.

As well as a full entry on the website each member has a write up with photographs of their work in a specially produced brochure which is widely distributed in Ayrshire and beyond.

Administration

OSA is organised by its members as a collective. All members are asked to participate in the administration of the organisation through membership of a Facebook working group.

By becoming an online community we have found it easier for members to become more involved, by sharing ideas, and giving support to their fellow artists and makers.

There are also many opportunities throughout the year to meet socially with other artists.

 

About OSA: ( Click the plus sign to open )

What is Open Studios Ayrshire?

Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) is a non-profit making, artist led, organisation which aims to promote artists and makers in Ayrshire. Members promote their quality product and working expertise by organising an annual Open Studio Weekend, over four days, on the last full weekend of April.

Why Join OSA?

Our successful and vibrant organisation is now entering it’s seventh year. It is constantly progressing and developing and is a great way for artists and makers throughout Ayrshire to promote their work, develop their skills and build support and friendships with other artists and makers. We are very proud of the positive contribution OSA makes to creative life in Ayrshire.

How to Join

Applications should be made using the form below. Please read the guidance notes before completing the form.
We support a policy of equality and diversity in our membership and welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.
If you have difficulty completing the application form please contact: dianneagardner@gmail.com

Subscription

Members pay a subscription fee of £100 which enables the organisation to promote the
Open Studios Weekend and other events.
As well as a full entry on the website each member has a write up with photographs of their work in a specially produced brochure which is widely distributed in Ayrshire and beyond.

Administration

OSA is organised by its members as a collective. All members are asked to participate in the administration of the organisation through membership of a Facebook working group.
By becoming an online community we have found it easier for members to become more involved, by sharing ideas, and giving support to their fellow artists and makers. There are also many opportunities throughout the year to meet socially with other artists.

 

What to expect from OSA: ( Click the plus sign to open )

If selected you will be part of a group of exhibiting artists, within Ayrshire. Annually the OSA art trail attracts a massive public spend of around £40K.

OSA artists meet to support each other and learn from key speakers.

There is an opportunity to exhibit artwork and attend an official preview
at:-
Rozelle House in January / February.

OSA Artists attend The OSA Launch in March at a venue to be arranged. This is where you will receive promotional materials including a banner and high quality brochures. Here you will interact with your guests and with the public, helping them plan their art trail. There may also be further opportunities to exhibit here. This event helps you promote yourself within the OSA art trail and is just one month before the main event, so there will be lots of photos to add to social media and news articles attracting the interest of art lovers in Ayrshire.

If you don’t have a studio we have several spaces which can be applied for, however these incur a shared cost between yourself and other participating artists and some may charge a percentage commission. Some of our OSA artists share a space within a studio. To encourage the development of a personal studio we encourage people without their own space to create works within the venue that they are intending to use during the OSA art trail.

Many of our artists sell very well from their own studio and benefit from return visitors throughout the year.

Some of our artists have exhibited for four years and have a wealth of knowledge to share and help your practice grow.

We are also supported in various ways by local councils too, South and East Ayrshire councils have previously contributed funds and organisation to running a trail bus to rural OSA venues.

What OSA expects from its members: ( Click the plus sign to open )

It is very important to communicate via: Facebook or email – enquiries@openstudiosayrshire.com

OSA is run by volunteers, who need you to respond quickly in order to ensure events are organised smoothly.

We need your enthusiasm so we can share this event with the public via:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other platform you use.

We would appreciate posts about OSA sent via Facebook being shared with your network. If we all do this the response can be huge.

Please draw attention to our website as this showcases your work and the level of artistic ability within the group you belong to and have been selected to join.

Please select really good quality photos of the images you want to use to promote yourself. Many works shown in the brochure and website sell very well! If sold, don’t forget to offer new images for the following year!

Attract prospective customers to your venue during the OSA event. Use good quality, easily read signs and blue balloons to direct the public to your venue.

Banners are handed out at the launch, hang them at least a week before the OSA Event. Adapt the wording to say that your venue will be open soon, or put the dates of the event on top of the text which says TODAY. The banner needs to be returned after the event please.

Brochures are high quality and need distributing to interested parties. Please engage the public in conversation about OSA before handing the brochures out.

We are looking for sponsorship from local businesses, so forward your ideas to enquiries@openstudiosayrshire.com

Please do not try to acquire a venue on behalf of OSA, please talk to the Committee/ Chair via enquiries@openstudiosayrshire.com about any venue suggestions.

Application Form

NB. This form is for new applications only. Existing members should click Here to renew.

New applicants should complete all relevant sections.

This section is information that will allow OSA to contact you if necessary. This information will not be published. Information will be stored securely whilst you are a member of OSA and for two years after your last renewal. Thereafter your information will be deleted from the OSA records.

These are the details that will appear for you in all OSA Publications : i.e. The printed directory and the website.

Anything submitted in this next section will be used for OSA publications

The information which you provide here helps the Selection Committee to assess your suitability for membership. It is important that you give as much detail as possible regarding your work and experience. We are usually looking for artists who can place ticks against three of the statements. Don’t panic, if you read the questions carefully, you will find them quite straightforward.
Please use this area to describe your work and experience in more detail.
OSA produces a brochure which will include your contact details, venue details and a short statement about your work. Please write a maximum of 40 words in the first person.

Please upload four photographs (in .jpg or .jpeg format) that are representative of your work using the following “File Upload” buttons.  

These must be four good clear images of your work, good enough for publication. The selection committee will be looking for your level of skill and consistency of approach.

Please make landscape orientated pictures at least 1024 pixels wide and 720 pixels high, and portrait oriented pictures* at least 720 pixels wide and 1024 pixels high. Square pictures should be at least 1024 pixels in width and height.

* Please note that the first image will be used for your listing in the 2020 OSA directory and it may be cropped to fit the page. Where this is the case any cropping will be carried out carefully and professionally to maintain the intention of the image.

***************** File size of each image should be under 1Mb ***************

Please, please, please, name your files with your name and the work’s title (or untitled if not named) For example: Anne_Artist_Rain_falling_on_the_Mull_of_Kintyre.jpg, Anne_Artist-Untitled_1.jpg – this really helps matching the Artist to their work.

Guidelines for producing effective, professional-looking photographs (written by an OSA Artist) are available here.

OSA is run as a collective of artists, all of whom are expected to participate in organising the annual event. The groups are all administered via Facebook, therefore it is important that you have a profile on Facebook to be involved. We understand that not everyone wishes to have a social media presence however to facilitate this smoothly this medium has been selected. All Facebook groups will be closed, and only available to current or future OSA members and it is not necessary that any specific personal data be shared.

Please check all that apply.
  • All works must be original, designed and produced by the artist.
  • Acceptance into OSA is not guaranteed, but all applications will be thoroughly assessed.
  • If not accepted into OSA a full refund (minus PayPal fees) will be made.
  • I have read and understood the information presented on this page.