An event bringing a behind-the-scenes look at artists' studios is hoping to return this year - but needs more helping hands and a new director to do it.

Bridport’s much-loved Open Studios event sees artists open their doors and invite the public in to get a look at the creative process that goes into their work, but has been on hiatus during Covid.

In 2019 more than 100 artists took to 56 venues, including studios, homes and galleries, for the 21st edition of Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios where they showcased their painting, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and sculpture.

Artists are very keen for the event to return this year, and the organisers are looking for a new team to help run the event.

In particular, they are seeking a new director to oversee the event, plus a small group of volunteers who will coordinate with the artists, design the maps, put together the 48-page guide, manage social media, maintain the website, and work with the press to run a comprehensive promotional campaign.

The director will be supported by, and work closely with our experienced Guide Designer and Map Maker, as well as receive guidance and mentorship from the previous director.

Local artist Kit Glaisyer directed the event for ten years but is now busy running the Bridport Contemporary Gallery at 11 Downes Street. He said: “Bridport Open Studios is a widely admired event and helps promote our vibrant art community.

"We are now keen to find an enthusiastic new director and team of volunteers to ideally bring the event back in 2023.

"While I don’t now have the time to run the event myself, I’ll be happy to mentor the new Director and volunteers into their roles.”

Bridport Open Studios has been running since 1999 when it was started by artist Caroline Ireland. It has had a number of Directors over the years, including Jackie Rabbetts, Philomena Harmsworth, and Kit Glaisyer.

For more information, please contact Kit Glaisyer at or 07983 465789