Dorset Art Weeks 2020 - Last Entries

Dorset Art Weeks 2020 - Last Entries


NOTE: You can download the above table by clicking on categories, it is important to view this together with the guidelines below. You can also download visual examples of the pages that will be available in the DAW guide -  guidelines (click to download PDF)

Welcome to Dorset Art Weeks 2020


Welcome to the new-look Dorset Open Studios event. Whilst Dorset Art Weeks is reputedly the largest event of its type in the country, this is not the most important criteria. Our aim is to build on the quality of its success. Dorset Art Weeks is a genuinely county wide event with a national and international reach. Working with artists, makers and our sponsors we want to produce the best Dorset Art Weeks yet.

We hope you will want to join in and be part of the changes designed to invigorate the event. The Guidelines below explain the changes to the entry categories which translate into the design of the all important DAW Guide. The new DAW Guide will be in an attractive square format. Importantly, this facilitates a greater number of larger images and a revised approach to mapping. The aim is to help visitors navigate the event and find what they might be looking for more easily.

We are more than aware that making changes to such a large, established and clearly emotionally sensitive event, is not simple. That said, the changes are driven by the feedback of visitors and artists and other commentary gathered over the past three events; in tandem with Dorset Visual Arts - as producers - seeking to meet its charitable aims in new ways.

One of DAW’s key priorities is to ensure that the emphasis on the working studio environment is at the heart of the event. Bringing the visitor and artist together in a rich, informative as well as celebratory experience lies at the heart of DVA’s charitable aims.

We want the other changes and new opportunities being generated to encourage the greater participation of younger and other ‘emergent’ artists, foster a greater sense of festival and aid the inclusion of art forms previously under-represented. We aim to fulfil an important role in drawing attention to the body of great art and design created here. Dorset Art Weeks is unique in expressing this by widely exemplifying both the continuum of traditional skills and of innovation through contemporary practices. Art Weeks also expresses the widespread enthusiasm that exists for making art and celebrating its vital contribution to life in Dorset culturally and economically.

We welcome the continuing, enthusiastic support of Hall and Woodhouse as our lead sponsor and will be working with them on many aspects of marketing and developing the Events Programme.


Please read this document in conjunction with the table listing the Entry Categories. Having taken account some of the recent feedback and questions from past participants, you will find some amendments and changes in terminology to those announced earlier in the year.

Two of the three categories require an Expression of Interest to be submitted and agreed before making the full, on-line DAW entry. The cap on numbers is primarily driven by design and print issues. The process will enable us see how the changes are working and put us in better direct contact and dialogue with artists and makers. It will also help us tailor the event and make any essential revisions before we go to print. For example, in the case of unprecedented demand in any one category, the numbers cap allocated to each category might need to be adjusted to resolve a design problem.

For some, the entry price will be a little cheaper than before, for others it is broadly the same. For a few it may prove to be a little more, but this is allied to what we believe is an improved offer.

Renewing and new DVA Members will receive a 5% discount on the DAW entry fee. The DVA membership year starts 01 October.

Discounts for Emergent and Disabled Artists are in line with DVA charitable remit and rules. Anyone proving they are an Emergent artist, or in receipt of disability benefit is entitled to a 20% discount on their portion of the entry fee.

It is important that artists choose the category that best describes the context they are working in. The other aspects of the DAW offer such as the allocation of signage and representation on the DAW website remain the same.

We are actively looking at ways we can reduce the use of plastics in signage. It is difficult to set a definitive target at this point in time.


A freelance Dorset Art Weeks Producer / Manager will be appointed and arrive in-post a little before on-line registration starts on the 01 November. The Producer will be supported by the Dorset Visual Arts Team. It is likely the Producer will appoint additional support and ‘fieldworkers’.

The DAW Producer will be the lead contact through to the end of the event and its evaluation. The Producer will set the social media marketing agenda. If not before, the DAW team will have dedicated email addresses from the point full registration starts on 01 November. This / these will be announced as soon as possible.

Subject to demand, the DAW team will run two or three DAW ‘surgeries’ to help artists prepare entries to suit the area they live in and help them join in promoting their work. For example, we think there is work to be done with artists to tailor their hours to suit their local audience.

Until the 1st November please use the current, DVA email admin address below to ask questions. Also for the submission of Expressions of Interest. Your enquiries will be passed-on to a member of the DVA Team who will respond as quickly as possible. Please bear in mind DVA is staffed part time by freelance staff who also work elsewhere.

[email protected]

For all DAW enquiries, please mark the subject box: DAW + the relevant category - Category 1, 2 or 3



There are 3 Entry Categories. Each includes a series of options related to the nature of the venue and a clear indication of the work and working practices on view, and its context.

DAW will look to apply a degree of flexibility in interpretation but, when seen as a whole, each category should express a high degree of consistency in intent. In effect, each category forms a contract between the artist, DAW and the public.

Categories 1 and 2 require an Expression of Interest - EOI - along with some supporting visual exemplification. This should be emailed between 01 October and 01 November. The specific category guidelines below list what is expected.

If you are in a dilemma, please phrase it is a straightforward question - please, not a discourse! Email it to the DVA address given above. Please include a daytime phone number and suggest a preferred time for any necessary callback. Your enquiry will be passed on and answered as soon as possible.

NB. In the unlikely case of difficulty in resolving of an issue arising from an application or entry, we will refer the matter to an arbiter to make a decision. We are not appointing a panel as suggested earlier.

When you have selected an entry category, you need only read its own Entry Guidelines

Full on-line registration opens 1 November 2019 and closes 6 January 2020

NB. Registration is not complete until full payment has been made



Proposed Cap: 25 Entries


This category requires an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - EOI - to be made and accepted before making the formal online application. Events help draw people to an area. We can add encouragement to visit local studios. Please be clear about which option you see as best fitting your ideas.

The EOI will either be confirmed as described or, quite likely in this category, prompt a conversation between us to clarify and help make the most of what you are offering. Please ask any basic questions before you start out as outlined above. We would like events to be on offer throughout the 16 days of DAW, and for at least one or two to be evident in every geographical area. Festival Events must be open to the public. However, they do not require a huge audience to justify themselves - indeed, they can be quite ‘niche’ events or activities.

Imaginative - Lively - Thoughtful - Informative - Entertaining are keywords. Perhaps look to focus on the event revealing a creative, cultural or historical intent. The EOI should also identify the quality of what the event offers. We hope some events will involve participation. We expect most ideas will need a period of development so the earlier your idea is raised, the better we can assist.

This list of possibilities may help you clarify your idea:
• Free or ticketed - If ticketed, concessionary prices are encouraged.
• Either a one-off, or series of events, screenings or performances
• A cross-arts event that includes visual arts in aspects of its design or reference
• A ‘significant’ event that ‘ups-the-anti for a studio, workshop or exhibition normally be entered in one of the other categories: e.g. notable guest artist, designer or performer
• Experimental
• A series of demonstrations and participatory workshop schedule
• A significant, publicly funded arts project
• Other ideas welcomed - a sculptural installation or trail, for example

Festival Events might look to involve DVA as a partner in its development, design or realisation - either as a stakeholder or through paid-for services. DVA might be usefully identified in support of a grant application, but this must be discussed and agreed at the outset. DVA and DAW do not have the capacity to write applications.

Once the event is developed sufficiently it will be ready to enter DAW via he online registration form.

Please email the Expression of Interest as an attached Word or PDF Document with, if possible, illustrative material to: [email protected]

Please mark the subject box: DAW - CATEGORY 1

Please submit it as soon as possible and not later than 1st November.



Your document should be a simple, bullet-pointed document headed with your name and contact details, answering or outlining the following points as best you can. We appreciate you will not know all the details, but there should be a substantive idea at the heart of the proposal.

• What is the title of your event / idea and the art form(s) involved?
• What are you planning to present? Some speculation may be inevitable at this stage - but please state if this is the case.
• Who is involved and what is their track record of presenting similar events? This can be a new initiative but we would expect some relevant experiences to be informing it.
• Where will the event be presented? What is its likely capacity?
• When will and how will it be seen or experienced?
• Is it funded by another agency, grant, or sponsorship? If not, how is its development and presentation being paid for?
• Will it be ticketed?
• Do you need help in making it happen? If so, who do you need and what is the likely support required.
• Is public participation involved?

Please ask any questions you may have.

It it helps, you may wish to add no more than a paragraph of about 150 - 200 words describing how the event has been conceived and your creative intentions in presenting it. Please don’t think you have to be more ambitious than is the reality. Please attach a few photographs you might have that illustrate your idea. This can be of a similar type of event on which your ideas are based.

The Expressions of Interest will help us to write an introduction to the category and in developing marketing stories.

Please answer: Are you in a position to host a student or other emergent artist selected by you in partnership with DVA? This might take the form of an internship, maybe in performance or arts events management.




Proposed cap: 125 entries


This category is the most controversial of the changes to Dorset Art Weeks. We believe it is essential if we are to meet visitors’ rising expectations of a studio experience and a worthwhile engagement with a body of work adequately referenced and interpreted along with the tools, experiments and work in progress that illuminate the work and what it takes to make it. Its integrity lies in offering the opportunity for substantive engagement with the studio and workshop environment as well as with the tools, references and skills employed. Essential is the opportunity for interaction with the creators. In the case of galleries and other centres, the priority is for clear and substantive standards of presentation and interpretation that form a distinctive cultural and educational opportunity.

As stated, we will look to resolve any conundrums through discussion and, only in the case of real difficulty, involve an arbiter. Dialogue should help to maximise what is being offered. The cap is set at 120 venues so that we can produce a section in the DAW Guide that gives more space to images, feels less dense and clearly identifies the presence and impact of professional artists, makers and designers in Dorset.

Determined by the overall take-up in each category and the impact this has on the design and print issues, the cap may have to be adjusted up or down.

If we get this approach right, we will be able to include an introductory overview, cutting the need for overly repetitive text across the entries. This is one of the overarching reasons for asking for Expressions of Interest.

We are hoping to offer the opportunity to have a printed, curatorial statement about your work to display at your studio. This would include a logo to reference your status in the brochure. This is currently an idea being worked through.


Please email the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST as an attached Word or PDF Document with, if possible, illustrative material to:
[email protected]

The EOI is the opportunity for you to test and, if necessary, discuss your entry before you complete the on-line DAW Registration process.

Please ensure your EOI is emailed before the 1st November. The sooner the better, please.


Please email it as an attachment in the form of a short, bullet pointed document outlining as many of the points that are relevant to: [email protected]

Please mark the subject box: DAW - CATEGORY 2

• Who you are
• Contact details + website address
• Which sub-category you are entering
NB. Where possible - bullet point answers welcome


Brief description of the studio, workshop or collective arrangements
Does the studio have or follow an artistic tradition or history
A list of any others involved in the entry
What you produce - or what the collective or partnership produces
Where you exhibit or how your work is generally accessed
An indication of your professional standing whether by qualification, training, professional memberships, representation in collections or by commission. Other than qualification, please focus only on the last five years
• Who, if anyone, creatively, do you work with or collaborate or see yourself in association with.
• How many members can access the studio or workshop at any one time
• Identify any demonstrations you will offer during DAW
• Are any courses run from your studio
The type of reference materials and works in progress you will have on display and if you plan to write and display any contextual statement
Ask any questions
Add a few sentences that convey that characterise of your offer and engagement with the public
Please attach up to three images of your work - or one for each person being listed
Please answer: Are you in a position to host a student or other emergent artist selected by you in partnership with DVA?


• Please adapt the first six points for studios as given above - bulleted red - to suit your circumstances
• Add a few sentences describing the context in you wish to participate in: contemporary: historical: student - retrospective /
survey / new work /
• Please add bullet points listing what and who’s work is on view.
• If professional, their standing
• What level of work in your opinion is exhibited: National - Regional - Student etc.
• How the exhibition will be interpreted: text: informal tour: talks: demonstrations - etc
• Will there be any events associated with your venue: talks: public launch - etc.
Please list any links to reference material: web: published: etc.
Please attach up to three images exemplifying your exhibition
Please answer: Are you in a position to host a student or other emergent artist selected by you in partnership with DVA? This might take the form of a curatorial internship.


Please follow the sense of the text for Studios and Collectives etc.

With the exception of the first - please specifically answer the 10 red bulleted points above or adapt the point to describe your experience and practice. There is no intent to limit the range of art shown in this category. Professional standing is important to this category but it is emphasised that this will be interpreted in relation to the context of your work and it’s processes. As has been described, the cap is essentially a design and print issue.


If your work is being hosted somewhere other than your normal workspace, it is essential that you are in attendance 75% of the time. This category has been very much devised to be about the studio and working practices and references being visible and offering the opportunity of engagement with the artist.

As stated elsewhere, and particularly in the case of the cap on numbers having to be applied, we will discuss this with you and, only if necessary, appoint an independent arbiter to adjudicate on which entries will be required to be included elsewhere in the Guide.



Proposed Cap: 200 Entries

A celebration of commitment and enthusiasm for making art and design in domestic environments - from beach huts to bedrooms via the kitchen, the shed or the caravan and art exhibited or popping-up in the heart of the town or village: hired halls: empty shops: foyers - etc
• Individual artists
• Group or society exhibition
• Community arts event
• LINKED ENTRY - or Emergent artist


This category looks to address many of the comments made over the last few events. Not least about price and accessibility to participation. But of course, other issues too. We have sought to address this and this entry category is cheaper.

Overall, the new DAW Guide format seeks to make entries clearer and less ‘dense’.

Entries in Category 3 will be orgnaised, as before, in 6 geographical areas.

It is accepted that a consequence for some groups - compared to previous arrangements - there is the limitation to using one or two images to represent themselves. There is, however, the new option for a listed* group member to have their own ‘discounted’ entry.

It is recommended that a group entry is illustrated with one image, two if a half page, and text to convey what is included. Help in designing this can be made available so that it succeeds graphically. Of course, other approaches can be suggested or taken.

*Listed is interpreted as their name is included in the group entry.

If any difficulty should arise and prove difficult to resolve by discussion, we will refer it to an arbiter to determine an outcome in-line with the Guidelines: not a panel as referenced in any earlier announcement.

Please ask questions as a question - please not a discourse!

Email: [email protected]

Please mark the subject box: DAW - CATEGORY 3

We look forward to your participation


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