‘Open For Art’ is the new signature open studio Art event for South Dorset in May 2017. Featuring more than 80 artists in over 40 venues across the area, the event has been organised voluntarily by members of the not for profit arts organisation Artwey.

It is an exciting new venture showcasing the wealth of artistic talent found in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. It will provide visitors with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of works and engage with their creators, from professionals and established artists through to newcomers and prize winners from our children’s competition.

Over 80 artists will be exhibiting in more than 40 venues encompassing not only permanent studios and gallery spaces but special events in offices, cafes and historic buildings. A number of artists have also opened up their homes, many of whom can be contacted all year round for personal viewings, so keep this guide for further reference.


Use the maps and accompanying weblinks for more information on artists to plot your route, paying particular attention to opening times when planning your visits. Ask for your brochure to be signed at 6 different venues across at least two of our three areas to qualify for the prize draw of £100 to spend on a work by your favourite participating artist. (Form at back of booklet). Whether you are looking to invest, buy a gift or just support your local artists there will be an opportunity to purchase original works, prints and cards etc. at competitive prices, so don’t forget your chequebook.


A Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2008 to raise the profile of the diversity and range of visual arts produced in Weymouth and Portland and run entirely by volunteers on a non-profit basis.

Our members, numbering 60 who work in a variety of media, have the opportunity of promoting their work through the Artwey website, exhibitions, workshops, DAW and Open Studios, in addition to enjoying social activities. In 2012 Artwey raised their profile nationally when awarded official status to produce an Olympic Cultural Project -‘The Giant Wall’ in their community.

After several years of successful Artwey events, the time seemed right to expand their biennial Open Studios by taking in Dorchester and Poundbury and open the event to non-members. Carol and Olivia, Artwey’s two directors, have taken up the challenge and with their team have trebled the size of the trail which has been rebranded OPEN FOR ART.


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