Saturday, 20 August 2016

How Old is Swindon Open Studios?

With the 2016 Swindon Open Studios event upon us in 2 weeks time, I thought I'd see how many events we've had, and how long ago it started. It's quite good to be able to have a few facts.
It wasn't really my idea to start counting how long the scheme has been going in Swindon; I was prompted by a Tweet from Swindon Local Studies who have been collecting our brochures every year, and had these in their photograph:
There are 9 brochures and two flyers in their photograph. In the back row, they've got 2009, 2014, 2015. Next row 2012 where we got the date wrong and had to attach 5000 stickers to the front while watching the London Olympics then 2010 and 2008. On the third row down, there's 2011 with Theresa Dowdeswell's lovely ceramic piece on the front, followed by a flyer and a 2003 brochure which I haven't got a copy of.
They are missing 2004, 2006 and 2013 pictured below:
So between us, we've got the complete set of 12 brochures. I'm hoping we can give each other copies of missing ones.
In answer to the question, this is the twelfth Swindon Open Studios, and ninth continuous one since 2008 when a group of volunteers took over the running of the scheme, which had been initially funded by Swindon Borough Council.

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