North Yorkshire Open Studios 2022/Call for Artists

Deadline: 30/09/2021  |  Published: 31/08/2021  |  Region: North Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  North Yorkshire Open Studios

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NYOS enables artists and makers to open their studios, meet, promote and sell their work direct to the public on 4/5 & 11/12th June 2022.

North Yorkshire Open Studios is a selected, annual event showcasing the work of over 100 artists across the region.

The event, now in its fifteeth year, has grown to become one of the major events in North Yorkshire’s cultural calendar, as well as one of the North’s most prestigious open studios events.

With studios located right across the county, from the remote hills of the Upper Dales to the suburban streets of Harrogate, across the Vale of York to the rural North York Moors and Coast, visitors have the opportunity to visit unique and varied artist venues, surrounded by stunning North Yorkshire landscapes.

*You must live or have a permanent studio address within North Yorkshire to be eligible for this event.*


There is no fee to apply. Successful applicants pay £150 to take part.

We run an Emerging Maker Scheme (must have set up within the last 2 years) with a reduced participation fee of £75.

Artists pay 5% commission on all sales over £250.


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How is NYOS run?
NYOS is a not-for-profit event run by a collective of North Yorkshire artists.
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
You must live and/or work in North Yorkshire and be an emerging or established professional visual artist.

You should:
- Be a professional visual or applied artist committed to the making and selling of high quality contemporary art or craft. Emerging and new artists are encouraged to apply
- Be engaged in current practice consistent with professional status and be able to demonstrate good technical ability to that standard
-Have an accessible workspace, or be able to collaborate with another artist/maker who has a studio space (NYOS can help find artists to share studio space), or identify an appropriate alternative space.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, 30th September 2021
How much does it cost?
We charge £150 for successful applications. Emerging artists (within 2 years) pay a reduced fee of £75.

Artists pay a commission of 5% on their sales over £250.

NYOS is a not-for-profit event meaning all application and commission fees are used to cover the running costs of the event.
Do I need to have my own studio?
No. If your creative space is not suitable for visitors you can share with another NYOS artist, but please be aware that they also need to be selected. NYOS can help artists who don’t have their own studio space by finding other shared venues or studios for them to use. A suitable venue must be finalised by 14th November 2021.
How do you choose applications?
We employ a selection panel to choose our artists.
Please note that the organisers of NYOS have no input into the decisions made by the independent selection panel.

Artists may ask for feedback on their submission, but we will only be able to provide this where the panel have stated specific reasons.
What criteria are applications assessed on?
- Quality of the applicant’s work
- Contemporary nature of the work
- Image quality (professional in style and print ready for use in the brochure and other promotional purposes)

Decisions are made entirely on the information submitted in this application.
Artists who submit poor quality images are unlikely to be selected.
Can artists from York apply?
North Yorkshire Open Studios and York Open Studios are in agreement that artists can only take part in one event. This is to keep our separate shows varied and fresh for the public. We encourage you to apply for both events if eligible, but if you are selected for both you must make a decision which you will exhibit with by 31st October.
Do I have to attend any meetings?
Yes, you must attend your local regional meeting (Dales, Central, Moors & Coast) at the beginning of April (dates tbc).
The meeting:
- will cover important information about the event.
- gives you the opportunity to meet with your fellow local exhibitors and discuss group activities for promotion.
- allows people who have exhibited before to share useful tips on how to make the most of NYOS.
- will be when we distribute your allocated print (brochure, flyers, posters, directional signs)
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We produce a high quality brochure that is distributed to our extensive mailing list and at venues across the region. Each artist has a profile listing in the brochure and also on our website. You can view the 2021 artist profile pages here:
We employ a PR agency who secure significant press and magazine coverage and all artists are showcased across our social media channels.
Is there a preview event / opening?
Artists can choose to have a preview evening on Friday 3rd June 2022 which will be published in the directory and on the website. These have proved very successful in previous years.
What are the opening hours?
Friday 3rd June, evening (optional)
Saturday 4th June, 10am-5pm
Sunday 5th June, 10am-5pm
Saturday 11th June, 10am-5pm
Sunday 12th June, 10am-5pm
Do I need to be present?
Yes, you must be present at your studio venue between 10am-5pm throughout both weekends.
What happens if my application is successful?
You will receive:
- a congratulations email.
- an artist profile form to fill in for your brochure and website listing.
- an artist agreement to sign.
- admission fee request.

The deadline for payment and additional artist details is 14th November 2021.
What are the key dates for my application?
Midnight, 30th September: Application deadline
4th-17th October: Selection panel have access to all submitted applications.
22nd October: Artists are informed about selection.
14th November: Deadline for payment and artist profile information.

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