Swindon art fair postponed 

By Barrie Hudson - 13 November 2020

Arts and CultureCommunity

This year's socially-distanced Swindon Open Studios art fair has been postponed from the weekend of 21 and 22 November.

  • Some of the work set to be displayed

    Some of the work set to be displayed

Organiser Deborah Battaglia said: "It was always a bit of a risk to be organising an art event during these times of pandemic, but it was felt that we should look forward with optimism. 
"However, here we are in lockdown again!"

It is hoped that the event will go ahead over the weekend of 12 and 13 December.

If it does, the venue will be Eastcott Studios and MAMS Gallery on Eastcott Hill as previously planned.
Pieces will include glass mosaics by Jackie Primrose, ceramics by Lisa Lowe, prints by Deborah Battaglia, Swindon-themed gifts by Donna Bradley and jewellery by Rosie Tozer.
Deborah Battaglia said when announcing the original dates: "Swindon Open studios has, over the years, become a big event on the calendar for local art lovers, and autumn would usually be a time of great activity with artists? preparing to open their studios to the public.

"We are living through strange times with covid-19, and it was clearly not going to be possible for artists to welcome the public into their own homes.
"However, with the offer of Eastcott studios as an exhibition space, it has been feasible to put on a socially-distanced Christmas art market, with a gallery for paintings at the front of the building through to  a covered open-air courtyard for table-top stalls and ceramic studios. 
"We have created a one-way system through the front gallery and into the covered courtyard, exiting at the rear of the building, with antibac stations along the way. 
"Visitors are requested to wear masks according to current regulations."

Regular updates can be found at www.Swindonopenstudios.org 

 

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