About Gower Open Studios

Welcome to the 2018 Gower Open Studios. The inaugural event took place during the August bank holiday last year, courtesy of funding from the Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP). Although the GLP initiative will end shortly, the scheme has provided the funds to cover the publicity for this year’s festival. This year, we are collaborating with the Gower Festival and the Llanmadoc and Cheriton Open Gardens scheme to provide an enhanced cultural presence during the rst weeks of July.

‘Open Studios’ (a common practice around the country but new to Gower) is an occasion at which artists introduce themselves to the public by inviting them to visit their workshops and display places. It is a mutual opportunity both for an artist to meet his or her audience, and for the public to meet the artist and view their work and the manner of its production, in the environment in which it was created.

Through experiencing the environment in which art is created and, to some extent, removing the mystery of creative development, an artist can reach new audiences, and the public can be educated in a more relaxed and easily-accessible environment than that presented by traditional galleries and exhibition spaces. The Gower Open Studios programme is a community-based initiative, and will also provide an opportunity for local artists to develop a sense of community and common interest, particularly since they often work in isolation.

Gower is home to a thriving community of professional and amateur artists practicing in a range of disciplines. This programme is intended to inspire residents and visitors to visit our artists, and to view and, possibly, purchase their work. Over time, we hope that more practitioners can be persuaded to participate, and give the festival greater depth. Funding permitting, we hope to return with a more comprehensive programme next year.