VAA Art Café: Maximising Open Studio Events: From Planning to Profits

Call for Artists! Indulge in creativity and camaraderie at the Visual Artists Association’s Art Café, a free online gathering designed for artists of all levels seeking to uncover the boundless potential of Open Studios. Join us on Wednesday the 20th of March 2024, at 14:00 GMT for an enriching hour of insightful discussions and valuable exchanges that will illuminate the transformative power of Open Studios. 


Suitable for artists of all levels, this session will cover: 


  1. What is an Open Studio Exhibition and What Type is Right for Me?

Embark on a captivating exploration of Open Studio exhibitions, unravelling the myriad possibilities and identifying the type that resonates with your artistic aspirations. Gain a nuanced understanding of how Open Studios can align with your unique creative journey. 


  1. How to Find or Create Open Studio Events

 Uncover the secrets to discovering existing Open Studio events and master the essential steps to curate and launch your own remarkable Open Studio showcase. Empower yourself with the tools to bring your creative vision to life through Open Studios. 


  1. Common Dos and Don’ts for Success & How to Gain PR for Your Event

Delve into the essential dos and don’ts pivotal to the success of Open Studios, while discovering effective strategies for generating PR and publicity to elevate the impact of your Open Studio event. 


This interactive Art Café promises to foster a supportive environment for artists to connect, share, and learn from one another. Led by seasoned experts, the session will offer invaluable insights and practical guidance essential for embracing Open Studios as a catalyst for artistic growth and exposure. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive an exclusive PDF guide packed with additional resources and tips. 


Our hosts for this event are Laura O’Hare and Shirley-Ann O’Neill, founders of the VAA, the Visual Art Open prize, and authors of the bestselling book ‘Good Art Does Not Sell Itself’. They will be joined by VAA Artist Mentor Karen van Hoey Smith, along with industry experts who will share their experiences of working within collectives and open studio events. 

The Art Café will take place via Zoom Webinar at 14.00 GMT on 20th March 2024. Spaces limited. 

Book your spot here:

Start Date

20th March 2024

Closing Date

20th March 2024
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