ARTISTS have until the end of May to apply to be part of Swindon Open Studios.

The popular event, which takes place over two weekends in September, sees dozens of artists across the town throw open their doors to the public.

Culture lovers can discover new artists, watch potters and woodworkers create new masterpieces in their studios and buy new works.

Organisers want to hear from anyone interested in displaying their works.

Painter Mary Parsons, who sits on the organising committee and last year took part in the scheme for the the first time, said: “There is no right or wrong way for an artist to hold an Open Studio. It’s the variety that makes it a special and unique scheme.

“Many artists don’t have a studio as such, but still open their house to show where they work - often on the kitchen table.”

Caroline Day, an Old Town painter, has participated in Swindon Open Studios for four years. She said of the scheme: “It’s a real boost for emerging artists taking part.”

Hannah Dosanji, a fine artist, said of the benefits of being involved in Swindon Open Studios: “Hearing about other local artists, your own profile being shared on a brilliant website and social media, plus the opportunity to meet Swindon Open Studios participants and how interesting meeting the public can be.

“It’s hard work, but fun.”

Last year, almost 70 artists took part in Swindon Open Studios. The youngest, former Commonweal School teen Dominic Waddell, said he had grown up with a drawing pencil in his hand.

“Painting is one of those things that takes me ages to get into,” he told the Swindon Advertiser. “But when I start going time goes really quickly.”

Artists unable to open their studio or home to the public this September, but who are still keen to take part in the art festival, have the opportunity to exhibit their work in Old Town shops and cafés as part of the Old Town Art Trail.

Anyone keen to be involved in Swindon Open Studios should register their interest by May 31 by filling in the online form at There is a registration fee of £40.