Artizan Summer Open 2018
12th July - 16th August
Sponsored by Edinburgh House Estates
Our biggest ever Summer Open as we go on tour! Join us as we bring together local artists and national talent to the heart of Torbay this Summer!
Celebrating Visual Arts in Torbay
As part of Torbay’s celebration of visual arts this Summer, Artizan Gallery is excited to be bringing over 100 artists to Torquay’s high street for their fourth annual Summer Open Exhibition.
From July 12th-August 16th, Unit 5 Fleet Walk will play host to a wealth of local artistic talent from across Torbay and South Devon, as well as welcoming national and international submissions to celebrate Torbay as a destination for visual arts.
This annual exhibition has become the highlight of the Artizan calendar, having started completely by accident in 2015 following a last-minute cancellation at the gallery. Inspired by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which this year celebrates its 250th anniversary with more than 1,300 works, the decision was taken to curate Artizan’s first ever open exhibition; The Artizan End of Summer Open Exhibition.
Despite the impromptu call, the response from artists was phenomenal and the exhibition was inundated with submissions. This has continued to be the case year on year, and the exhibition has grown from a short two week show to curation of over 100 artists at the height of the season.
As well as demonstrating Artizan’s continued commitment to supporting visual arts in Torbay, the exhibition marks the start of new collaboration and increased cooperation which will deliver more projects of this scale in the next 24 months.
Here we are!
74 Fleet Street,
Fleet Walk Shopping Centre,
When we're here!
Artists should now refer to the FAQ page or their artist packs for exhibition information. Thank you to all those who supported the Summer Open by submitting work, we look forward to offering additional opportunities in the future and continuing to work with our community.
We'll bring you updates and content from the exhibition here as they happen!
The archive will be built over the course of the exhibition through contributions from our exhibitors and visitors. Keep coming back to this space to see whats been added, and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates. In the meantime, you can view our recent blogs posts and updates.
Explore all the submissions to our Summer Open 2018 Exhibition or join us in the space from July 12th.
Edinburgh House Estates
We'd like to express our immense gratitude to Edinburgh House Estates for making this exhibition possible through their support in providing a venue for the Artizan Summer Open 2018. We are indebted to them for their progressive thinking as they demonstrate their recognition for the value of the arts on a local and national level.
We look forward to welcoming other organisations to join us in supporting this exhibition and will announce partners here. If you want to find out how you can work with us to champion Torbay arts as part of the Artizan Summer Open Exhibition 2018, see below for details.
Art Societies and Community Groups
As part of the exhibition we're welcoming Art Societies and Community Groups to join us as delivery partners so we can ensure we best represent a broad spectrum of the Torbay and South Devon arts community. In exchange for their support we're pleased to be able to extend reductions on submission fees to their members and communities. To find out if your art society is represented view the full list below.
We're excited to welcome Creative Coverage as supporters of the exhibition who are dedicated to offering professional publicity services to artists and creatives. We are now able to offer their members reduced entry to exhibition as an associated group. For more information on Creative Coverage and their services visit www.creativecoverage.co.uk
Torbay Guild of Artists
We're excited to have Torbay Guild of Artists partnering with the exhibition and assisting us with the promotion and management of the event. As one of the English Riviera's premiere art societies, Torbay Guild lead the way in grass roots support for the Bay's visual arts. For more on the guild visit www.facebook.com/TorbayGuildOfArtists/
Support The Exhibition
Become a Sponsor
Artizan is indebted to the forward-thinking businesses, organisations and individuals that support their work, be it through collaboration, attendance at events, or subscribing to our membership programme. We’re offering a range of membership packages in relation to this exhibition which are broadly similar to those outlined in here, but there are additional opportunities to sponsor specific exhibition categories and awards. If you feel this opportunity would be of benefit to your business or would like to show your support, we’d love to talk to you more and are happy to discuss other flexible offers outside of these packages.
Volunteer or Donate
There are loads of ways to volunteer with the exhibition and plenty of perks for doing so. If you're an artist, we'll make sure you get a reduced entry to the show if you commit your time; if you're a collector, you'll get a VIP invite to the launch event and exclusive discounts on work from the exhibition when you lend us a hand! We're looking for support with the initial setup of the space in early July, stewarding throughout the exhibition, donations of services and specific furniture items and equipment, and promotional partners who can help spread the word on social media.