New sponsors for SAW’s open studios

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Weaver Sarah Truscott at her studio in Frome, part of SAW’s Open Studios event
Weaver Sarah Truscott at her studio in Frome, part of SAW’s Open Studios event

Somerset Art Works’ (SAW) biennial Open Studios event runs until October 3. Some 205 venues will be showcasing the very best of the county’s contemporary visual arts. The event has this year been backed by a new headline sponsor – Acorn Property Group.

Since the inception of Somerset Art Weeks in 1994, Open Studios has become a popular feature in the Somerset Art Works (SAW) calendar. Artists throw open the doors to their studios and a number of special pop-up galleries are held.

Acorn Property Group is an independent housebuilder specialising in bespoke redevelopment and new build schemes. They have a few live projects across Somerset and wanted their first activity to be something that would be county wide.

Carol Carey, creative director at Somerset Art Works said: “After the challenges of 2020 it is great to see a local company, such as 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: “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.”

“The Acorn team were really excited by the event, we have worked with the wonderful SAW team who have connected us to local artists and we will shortly be able to share details of our work with them at our development in Frome at The Old Printworks and at Cubis Bruton, in Bruton.”

Acorn’s support has been both financial, contributing to administration and marketing costs, as well as practical, providing studio space.

For 2021, visitors will be able to experience and explore artists’ workspaces in new and different ways. A fold-out venue map and listings will help visitors plan their journeys and navigate the 16 days of Open Studios. Also new for 2021 is a Somerset 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.

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