The Sorting Office Hosts Most Successful Open Studios Yet

 Dec 06, 2016

Artists, organisers and visitors alike were delighted by the vibrant display of arts, crafts and design on offer at The Sorting Office studios’ Winter Open event this weekend.

Record numbers turned out to visit Eastleigh’s designer-maker hub over the course of the weekend, with most pleasantly surprised by the talent of the studio’s residents, as well as the wide array of local artists selling their wares at the bustling Maker’s Fayre.

1. Visitors browse the popular Maker's Fayre

Members of the public relished the chance to get to know the local creative hub, speaking with the resident designer-makers, watching a variety of craft demonstration and browsing the stalls of local artists at the Maker’s Fayre.

Guests were also treated to food from stalls in the studio’s forecourt and accompanying music from a line-up of buskers.

Daniel Crow, Director of Aspace Arts, the company that manages the studio, said of the event:

“Winter Open Studios 2016 was the most successful open event The Sorting Office has hosted to date, with record visitor numbers and record sales.

“I'm extremely proud of all our residents, they really worked hard to make their studios look fantastic and produce such a diverse collection of high quality hand made products for the event.

“It feels as if The Sorting Office residents have collectively reached new heights, I'm really looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for the New Year”

2. Resident Embroiderer Linda Miller chats to visitors in her studio.

One visitor, Joseph Neller, a Southampton resident, said:

“It’s a really good space, It’s set out well and there’s a good mix of artists. Really impressive”

Another visitor, Sarah Jefferies, who runs local art blog Arty Eastleigh, said:

“It’s really professional, I like the quality of everything, it’s really well done – It’s been great for Christmas shopping too.”

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3. Guests browse the resident artists' studio spaces

4. Resident Illustration duo Biscuit Collective partake in some street drawing with chalk paints

5. Resident Illustrator Lisa Gardner talks to guests in her space