Swindon Open Studios has issued a call out to artists ahead of its 2024 showcase, which sees local artists open the doors to their studios to let the public see the process behind the product.

The huge event, which saw well over 100 artists participate last year, will give visitors a chance to explore open studios, homes and exhibition spaces, as well as meet the artists and see how their art is made.

Online registration for artists to participate in the event, which will take place in late September 2024, opens on April 22, and this year Open Studios hopes to show off more local talent than ever before.

“I couldn't recommend SOS enough for all artists no matter what level you are at, whether it be a full-time job, side hustle or hobby," said Karis Rose, who first participated in 2022.

"I owe Swindon Open Studios a lot as I wouldn’t be where I am now without them, and I made friends along the way. “

The 2024 showcase will celebrate 20 years since Swindon Open Studios began and artist applications are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is living or working within a 15-mile radius of Swindon.

Swindon Advertiser: Artist Jo McAree demonstrating raku at her Eastcott Studios on Eastcott Hill.Artist Jo McAree demonstrating raku at her Eastcott Studios on Eastcott Hill. (Image: Swindon Open Studios)

“This event is about showcasing local talent and connecting people through art," said committee member Deborah Battaglia at the 2023 showcase.

"Many people consider the creation of artwork to be akin to magic and take great pleasure in coming to see artists in their studios amidst the mucks and messes of paint, clay, glass or stone, and possibly even having an opportunity to try something for themselves.

"For local art lovers, Swindon Open Studios really is too good to miss."

Councillor Marina Strinkovsky, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for art and culture, added: "Open Studios is one of the best events in Swindon's rich cultural calendar."

Any artist interested in taking part doesn't necessarily need to open up their own studio or home, as the Swindon Open Studios website also offers a list of designated pop-up venues across the town as well as more information about taking part.

Registration closes at midnight on Friday, May 31, and any local artist wanting to know more can attend an informal, booking-free, Q&A session at 7pm on May 2 at Swindon Rugby Club.