Southampton Open Studios Trail

The Southampton Open Studios Trail is in its second year and is another chance to visit the thriving artists’ studios that are operating in our city.

Over four days of the trail you can visit artists working in their studios and see the huge range of work that is being made: sculpture, printmaking, painting, digital art, illustration, film, graphic design and ceramics to name just a few.

Two ‘a space’ studios will be taking part in this event: Tower House (on the first weekend only) and The Arches Studios will be opening their doors to let you see what they do and running workshops.

Other venues taking part in this year’s event include Red Hot Press and Unit11studios, who will also be opening their doors to the public and hosting a range of activities.

For further information, including a map and details about parking for all the studios involved, download the Open Studios Trail flyer

During Open Studios all individual studio spaces will be available for the public to view, giving them a chance to meet the artists and discuss their work. The gallery space in Arch4 will also host a group exhibition in which all residents will be making new works based on their interpretation of flags, either directly making a flag or based on its concept. Alongside this there will be workshops and activities that you can take part in throughout the weekend.


Tote Bag Printing – £2
Saturday and Sunday 11-12 and 3-4pm both weekends.

Ryan will run a screen-printing workshop where you will get the opportunity to screen-print one of a choice of designs onto a tote bag and take it home with you.

Clay Bunting Workshop – voluntary donation
Saturday 24th 12-3pm

To coincide with the Flags exhibition in Arch4, Claire will be inviting you to join her in creating clay bunting which will be used in an exhibition at a later date.

Over the weekend Tower House will be screening a series of films and animations. The weekend will give you the ideal chance to come and chat with the residents about their work and creative businesses. While it may not be a traditional studio, all the residents are actively involved in the creative industries, whether that be film production, animation or product design, demonstrating Southampton’s widening creative endeavours.


Alys Scott Hawkins will be producing a large-scale, live drawing of the Old Town over the weekend, chronicling its past, present and future.