On Tuesday I went to a meeting in Malton at the Ryedale Council offices (thankyou for hosting and for your hospitality and goodly supply of tea and biscuits!) for North Yorkshire Open Studios 2012 participants to catch up with information about the event and to collect catalogues, brochures and posters.
Quite apart from this it is lovely to meet up with all the artists participating in Open Studios, discovering what they are up to, and seeing their new work in the brochures.
I picked up mine - they're very smart! The event produces a large catalogue and also a smaller brochure, which is easy for visitors to carry and for quick reference and route planning. They are full of all the artists' details, and also all you need to know about the programme of events organised, like exhibitions, installations, commissions, workshops and talks.
Alongside these we are all allocated a number of posters, and I will put mine up in the village here on our notice board, in the pub and wherever possible in surrounding areas. We all also get direction signs, to use on the open days so visitors can find us easily.
Helen Berry, who is the curator of the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby where there will be an exhibition of Open Studio artists' work to run alonside the event.
She gave us all the relevant paperwork, and lots of ideas and tips on publicity and promoting the event, planning showing our work, making sure everything was safe for visitors and a really useful tick-list to check we've done everything needed before we open. Lots to do! But I'm really looking forward to opening and welcoming everyone in June.
If, after all my distrubuting of brochures and posters, you haven't got one, or the details you need about the event, you can get a copy from Art Connections, or leave a comment here and I will make sure you receive one.