We’re pleased to announce the launch of Open Studios, an opportunity for artists, craftspeople and collectors to show and sell their works to the public from their homes in the Marina.
However, many creatives who would like to participate in the initiative advise us that they will be away over Easter weekend. To make sure no-one misses out, we are now holding Open Studios a week later, on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 April. Participants will be invited to open their homes and studios in the Marina between 12.00 noon to 6.00pm.
We plan to include people working in the following disciplines: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, jewellery, ceramics/pottery, glassware, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, woodwork/woodturning, mosaics, interiors, furniture (hard and soft), tableware, accessories, lighting. We would also be interested in hearing from writers and poets who might wish to hold readings or workshops in their homes.
And if you are a collector who would like to share your works with the public, please get in touch.
Open Studios will be organised by Dominique Erasmus, who heads up the MDGA ExCom’s Events portfolio. Commenting on the initiative, Dominique says: “We are aware that the Marina is a hotbed of creative talent. But many artists and craftspeople are producing fantastic work without the chance to show it off to their neighbours. The same applies to the wonderful art collections in our area.
“Building on the success of the highly popular Open Gardens initiative, Open Studios will give people a great opportunity to see and buy artworks and artefacts where they are they are created while offering the creators a chance to raise their profiles and sell their work. In other words: it will give us all the chance to celebrate the Marina’s amazing creative talent.”
Interested in taking part? Here are the next steps
- If you are interested in taking part as an exhibitor in Open Studios, please indicate your interest by sending an email to the MDGA office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 18 March.
- Once you have notified us of your interest, we will send you a registration form. The deadline for returning your completed registration forms is Friday 25 March.
- We will start publicising our inaugural Open Studios weekend towards the end of March and publish a full list of participants in early April, in good time for the event.
- Open Studios will take place on 23 – 24 April, 2022 between 12.00 noon to 6.00pm.
Creative evenings at Frank’s get off to a brilliant start
Thanks to Dominique Erasmus for her report-back on the first creative evening at Frank’s in Eastlake Shopping Centre.
What fun was had during our first creative night at Frank’s. To put to bed any confusion, these evenings are aimed at those who wish to re-ignite their creativity. We are exploring different mediums whilst playing and having fun. Last week, we did ‘blind drawing’, something I have never tried before – and I was over the moon with the results.
Looking ahead, we will follow some structure and build on projects from the week before. For those who are looking for rigid and structured art lessons, you won’t find them here. These evenings are based around letting go and enjoying new animated creations, good conversation, and some great wine and food.