Dates: The next event takes place 6th - 22nd June 2014
Selection procedure: None (self selection).
Your studio: This should be an open studio, not a gallery. Tools, equipment, sketchbooks etc must be available to show the public how your work is produced. Consider giving demonstrations and indicate demonstration days on your application.
Commitment: You must agree to open your studio on the days you have specified and are published in the guide and on the website. If there are open days when you cannot be present, they must be indicated when you apply.
How to apply: Online application, image upload and payment by credit or debit card will be available in December. This method is helpful to SEOS, please use it if you can. Images can also be sent by post with your name and application number on your print or disk. Existing and non-members will need to supply an email address and password first by clicking on Sign Up and following the online instructions. A step-by-step guide, How to Apply Online will be available from the Downloads page in December.
If you are unable to apply online in December or wish to apply now, you can use the Postal Entry form available on the Downloads page or by sending an A5 SAE to: SEOS Database Officer, 186 Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent TN25 4NX. Please be aware that your website entry will be delayed using this method.
Cost: The fee for each participant is £120 or £105 if we receive your application before 25th December 2013.
Application deadline: Friday 31st January 2014. Entries received after the deadline may not be accepted. If they are accepted, they will be subject to a £60 surcharge (total £180).
Images: The image you supply will be used for Guide and website entries. For image specifications please see Rules, Guidelines, Hints & Tips. More images and text may be added to your website entry at extra cost- see Extend your web page available on the Downloads page.
More information: Please make contact with your area coordinator (ACO), who will be able to offer advice, coordinate opening times in your area and keep you updated with the latest information. Online applicants will receive their coordinator’s name and email address on a welcome message. For postal applicants, ACO areas can be found on the Area Coordinator map (available to view or download from the Downloads page) and Area Coordinator's contact details may be found on the Area Coordinator page.
Not sure about joining SEOS? Here are a few comments from participants in 2013:
“Excellent display material and catalogues. V Good website”
“Had a lovely time - thanks!”
“I love the Open Studio idea. I love direct contact with visitors, I love operating from home, I love visiting other artists”
“The SEOS is a helpful and worthwhile organisation to take part in”
“I'm really happy with the organisation and all my visitors agree the catalogue is well presented”
“Well organised, great booklet”
“Really good year. Felt people are really getting to know much more about SEOS”
“Directional signs are a big improvement - no-one got lost. All visitors were serious about art - more than usual. Feedback all positive”
“SEOS is very well established. Most visitors (I found) see it as an annual event not to be missed. Nearly everyone came clutching a guide”
“Simply, keep up the brilliant (hard) work you all put into making one of the most successful events in the county - WELL DONE!!!”
Confused by the different types of membership?See our cross-reference reference chart below. The chart can also be found on the downloads page.