How much does it cost?

The standard fee for a solo Open Studios Artist is £203 (Membership fee £28 + Registration fee £175). This includes your registration into the Christmas Studios in December.

Please see the Fees page for full information on Registration Fees and discounts.

The registration fees are being changed this year to give artists more opportunities to take part with discounts for groups of artists, emerging artists and paybacks (replacing volunteering scheme) for those who they can offer support work.

This year we will be offering special registration fee discounts for:

1. 10 – 20% discounts for groups of artists

10 – 20% discounts are available with fees ranging from £140 - £158 per artist

2. £50 Payback scheme

Get paid back up £50 on your registration fee by working for Open Studios for up to 6hrs per artist (this will be refunded once work is completed). The £50 payback scheme will reduce fees to £90 - £153 per artist depending on whether you’re a solo or group artist. You can register for the payback scheme on the Open Studios Registration form.

The support work doesn’t have to be completed during Open Studios, it can be completed before or afterwards, for example invigilating in the gallery or working in the office; just let us know.

3. 50% discount for emerging artists

Emerging artists are graduates in last 3 years who are under 25yrs old. Email: to request an Emerging Artists Open Studios Registration form.

Still need help? Please call the office 01453 751440 or email

What is the Artists Network?

By participating in Open Studios you will also become an SVA Member and your work will be publicised on our new artists directory website throughout the year. 

Anybody that is a visual artist and becomes an SVA Member can have their profile on our directory, meaning that there is an online source of information for other artists and for the general public.

You can choose the image to include, and the information to include, and it’s another great way to add to your online presence.

What if I don’t have a studio?

Let us know if you are having trouble finding a studio as we might be able to help. We are working with lots of different artists and partner organisations and there maybe a space for you in a mill building, empty shop or another artist's studio.

You can register for Open Studios 2019 and insert 'TBA' in the address section. Then just send us an email at and we’ll see what we can do to help.

When will I get my money back, and how?

Get paid back up to £50 off your registration fee by working for Open Studios, for up to 6hrs per artist.

You must have completed your work hours, handed in your timesheet to the SVA office, and had it verified with staff. Then we will be refunding to your Stripe account (how you paid originally) within 30 days of receiving your timesheet.

You will need to keep an eye on your Stripe account for the refund.

The support work doesn’t have to be completed during Open Studios, it can be completed before or afterwards, for example invigilating in the gallery or working in the office; just let us know.

Does this registration include Christmas Open Studios?

If you sign up to Open Studios in May then you will also be offered the opportunity to be publicised in the Christmas Open Studios event in December 2019.  This is now a regular feature of Site Festival's Open Studios and is a golden opportunity to sell work for the Christmas period, for no extra cost to you.

What is an Open Studio Hub?

Lots of artists choose to show their work together in a group Open Studio in one location which can attract more visitors.

In order to get a group discount all the participating artists will each complete their own Group Open Studios Registration form. Each artist will get an individual image, descriptive text, contact details etc. in the printed and online Open Studios directory and on our artists membership pages.

If there are more than two artists taking part in a group Open Studio this will be promoted as an Open Studio Hub with an image of the venue in the directory.

Can I meet other Open Studios Artists?

You can come along on a Friday morning to SVA’s cafe to meet other artists. We will be hosting regular Open Studio Socials. This way you can meet up with other artists, exchange ideas, ask questions, get feedback, and have a cup of coffee.

We will email more information about these socials nearer the time, but feel free to contact us with any questions.

Need more help?

If this is the first time for you we can offer in-house advice, technical advice and an artists support network to make it easier for you. We are around if you need help - email

The SVA office hours are :

10am-3pm Tuesday-Friday