Severn Arts is offering to fund the entry fees of two artists under the age of 25 wishing to take part in Worcestershire Open Studios.

The bursary on offer, which is valued at £85 will give each artist entry to Worcestershire Open Studios new all-year online offer and entry to the Open Studios Weekend taking place from 28-30 August.

Visual artists, photographers or craft makers based in Worcestershire who are under the age of 25 and haven’t participated in the event before are all eligible to apply.

Worcestershire Open Studios Weekend was established in 2015 to showcase the work of Worcestershire artists to the local community. Over the bank holiday weekend artists from across the county have opened their studios to the public and have been on hand to chat to visitors about their work. In 2020 the event moved online for an extended period. This year, due to the previous year's success an all-year online event is planned as well as Open Studios Weekend.

Elaine Knight, Arts Director, Severn Arts said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Worcestershire Open Studios in 2021 to support artists who haven’t participated in this event before. The last year has been particularly difficult for freelance artists and especially those at the start of their career. Worcestershire Open Studios is a great opportunity for artists to work together to promote what they do and to raise awareness of the creative processes that sit behind their practice.”

Susan Birth, Worcestershire Open Studios co-organiser said: “We welcome this bursary offered by Severn Arts to encourage young artists to take part in Worcestershire Open Studios and benefit from the opportunities provided to showcase their creative talents.”

Severn Arts works in partnership with Worcestershire County Council to deliver an arts programme within the county, nurturing talent, supporting artists and their creative practice and enabling access to creativity within the community and education.

Anyone wishing to apply for a Severn Arts bursary should visit for details and to download an application form. The closing date for applications is 9 May 2021.

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