Open Up Sheffield is an annual event for local artists like yourself to showcase their work  in their studios over two weekends in Spring

29th April – 1st and May 6th – 7th May 2023 11am-5pm each day.

Open Up is not just an art exhibition, but it’s also a great chance to invite people into your creative world; showcasing your methods and ideas whilst offering your unique works for sale.

Open up works hard on behalf of all the participating Artists to promote the event and over the last 25 years they have become very good at it, with hundreds of artists visited each year. The potential for artists to reach new customers is vast, as it’s a free for the public to visit all the studios and workspaces. The face to face contact with artists has proved to be the events greatest attraction.

The Open up ‘Guide’ is produced for the event with thousands of copies distributed across South Yorkshire. The guide features a page profile for each participating artist and also acts as a location guide for the event weekends. The event is also promoted online and this year there will be banners in public spaces across the city. Longer term the digital guide is used through the year as an artist directory which will be available for download until 2024.

For the last 25 years Open Up have featured artists from a wide range of artforms, including painters, ceramicists, printmakers, embroiderers, sculptors, jewellers and more and they are now inviting you to join in too.

How do you get involved?

  • Artists are invited to enter to showcase their work and their working practice in their own space. Many artists choose to open up their studio and workshops over these weekends 
  • You should be engaged in creating original work in your studio or workspace 
  • Your venue should be accessible to visitors.
  •  If you don’t have a public space you can share with another person who has a studio space (although separate fees will need to be paid for each artist or maker participating)
  • There are no specific criteria for acceptance, but Open Up is a family-friendly event and artwork should respect this.  The committee reserve the right to refuse an application on this basis.
  • Applications close on Friday 17th February 2023
  • You can also place an advert in the guide. The closing date for receiving adverts for the brochure is 24th February 2023  .
  • The full application fee is £95.
  • Open Up Sheffield is keen to support local professional and emerging artists and Newcomers receive a £30 discount in their first year. The fee for newcomers is £65.

For more details visit,  and to apply visit the Open Up Sheffield Member’s area