We are thrilled to be the headline sponsor of the Somerset Art Works (SAW) Open Studios 2021 event running between the 18th September – 3rd October 2021. This county-wide event presents work from more than 300 SAW Members in over 200 studios. Visitors have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience the working process, meet the artists’ and find out what inspires them.
In support of this, we will be exhibiting the work of Angela Charles at our Cubis Bruton scheme in Bruton and Sally Muir at The Old Printworks in Frome. Both artists’ work can be viewed via appointment at our Show Homes, or via virtual tour during the event.
Carol Carey, Creative Director at Somerset Art Works said: “We are delighted that Acorn Property Group have chosen to support Somerset Art Works by being this years’ headline sponsor. Open Studios is one of the most exciting arts events in Somerset and presents a spectacular array of the creativity that is to be found in the county.
“After the challenges of 2020, it is great to see a local company, like Acorn Property Group, come forward to support Open Studios and all these amazingly talented people.”
Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director of Acorn Property Group’s Bristol Region said: “As a company working throughout Somerset, in a range of urban and more rural settings, we have always taken great interest in the existing communities that we are working amongst. Along with our design-led philosophy, we put emphasis on consideration to the local community and a sustainable future.
“Acorn fully recognises the importance of the visual arts and the contribution that they make to communities and environments. The objectives of Somerset Art Works and the ways through which they achieve them, spoke directly to the values of Acorn Property Group and principles of Acorn Green and presents an exciting range of future possibilities for engagement and support.
2019 saw over 80,000 visitors engage with art and creativity across 135 Somerset venues. Despite 2020 being extremely challenging, artists and visitors adjusted to the new reality which has helped prepare parties for 2021. This year’s event is set to be the largest to date with more then 300 Somerset Art Works members and more than 200 studio spaces.
For 2021, visitors will be able to experience and explore artists’ workspaces in new and different ways. A fold-out venue map and listings, available to download on Somerset Artworks website, will help visitors plan their journeys and navigate the 16 days of Open Studios. Also new for 2021 is an Open Studios App, providing full venue details in an easily-accessible format, including art forms, accessibility information and opening times.
The App works offline and links to Google Maps to take visitors straight to the chosen studio.
Artists have made preparations to ensure that venues are Covid-safe including waiting areas and some venues may be open by appointment. Please follow the latest Government guidance when entering artists’ studios, including wearing a mask, hand sanitising, social distancing and complying with Covid safety information at each venue. Please check venue details before making a special journey- or phone ahead. Many venues will be happy for you to make an appointment.