Severn Arts is delighted to be partnering with Worcestershire Open Studios in 2021 to support two artists under the age of 25 who haven’t participated in the event before. Visual artists, photographers or craft makers based in Worcestershire are eligible to apply. 

What is Worcestershire Open Studios?

Worcestershire Open Studios is a not-for-profit organisation run by local artists on a largely voluntary basis. Established in 2015, Worcestershire Open Studios has been, in the main, an annual August bank holiday event showcasing the work of Worcestershire artists to the local community. The event gives artists the opportunity to open their studios to art lovers, talk to visitors about how they make their work, and sell their work directly to the public. 

Worcestershire Open Studios 2021

In 2020 work was presented online as it was not possible for studios to open to the public. In2021 there will be a new All Year Online Offer as well as the main Open Studios Weekend from 28–30 August.  With the continued ongoing uncertainty regarding public events this allows for more flexibility on what can be offered to both artists and visitors. 


If you are a visual artist, photographer or craft maker living in Worcestershire and under 25 years of age, you can apply for a bursary worth £85 which covers: 

  • Entry to the all-year online offer with enhanced artist profile pages – value £25.
  • Entry to the Open Studios Weekend between 28–30 August 2021– value £60 (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). A decision will be made at the end of June if the event can go ahead.

There are also opportunities to take part in events and activities in addition to the on-line offer and Open Studios Weekend that are only open to Worcestershire Open Studios artists. These generally/but not always incur additional fees to cover the cost of running them. Visit Worcestershire Open Studios for more details. 

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for a bursary, please either:

  • Complete the application form, or
  • Send us a video no longer than 5 minutes, responding to the questions in the application form 

Download application form

Please apply to Elaine Knight at [email protected] by Sunday 13 June 2021. 

See Worcestershire Open Studios for more information or contact [email protected] 

If you would like to discuss the bursary contact Elaine Knight on 07776 530554 or email [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your application.