York Open Studios 2021

As you know the timing of the Coronavirus lockdown meant the 2020 event was cancelled at less than a month’s notice, by which time the entire year’s budget had already been invested in marketing and publicity. With virtually no income from sales commission, and having refunded or credited artists and advertisers, the volunteer committee now face a huge challenge in bringing York Open Studios back in 2021. We need your help. If you are a regular visitor, we would like you to consider donating the money you would perhaps have spent on petrol or fares coming to see us this year. If you have never been but would still like to support the art community, we would very much welcome your donation.

We WILL be here in 2021 celebrating our 20th anniversary (many of our artists have pledged to return) but your support now will help us ensure the festival is as bright, full and visible as ever. Your money will be used to promote and publicise the event and to produce printed maps, guides and signage so visitors can plan their weekends and find our artists. We are already preparing YOS 2021 and by donating now you can help us to move forward with confidence. Thank you!

Here is the link to our GoFundMe page, please share the page far and wide!


Here they are!

The time has come, York Open Studios 2020 Artists and Makers are finally here! There are a few months yet until the event, but if you are as excited about it as we are, then you should definitely check out our new line up. Just to give you ...

Artists & Makers

Becki Harper Becki Harper's observational drawings are often the source of an idea, character, or composition, and greatly inform the visual language within her work. Becki's illustrations explore narrative, and s...

Virtual York Open Studios 2020

Due to Covid 19 cancelling York Open Studios this year, the artists managed to create an online presence and community by taking part in Virtual York Open Studios. A lot of our artists and makers were able to dress their windows with artwor...