Visitors Flock to Winter Open Studios

 Nov 26, 2014

An Aladdin’s cave filled with wondrous wares and glittering gifts awaited shoppers with a discerning eye at The Sorting Office on Saturday when we opened our doors for our Winter Open Studios.

Visitors dropped in throughout the day, chatting with our artists and snapping up the cornucopia of beautiful arts, textiles, designs, jewellery and objet d’art crafted by our talented professional residents. The event proved a huge success, with more than £2,600 taken in sales, almost a 300% increase on our first Winter Open Studios last year.

Our bustling studios are home to 16 artists and designer-makers.  We open just twice a year to the public so this was a rare and exciting opportunity to get to see behind the scenes of our creative hub. It was also a wonderful chance to buy unique, one-of-a-kind handmade and handcrafted presents, commission special bespoke gifts, perfect for those hard-to-buy friends and family members.

Our Sorting Office programme manager Pete Davison said: “We are delighted with how the day went. Despite the miserable weather, there was a steady stream of people throughout the day all eager to snap up the wonderful handmade and designed products made by our immensely talented residents.

“Last year, at our first Open Studios, our artists took just over £700 in sales, this year the total was just over £2,700. This just goes to show there is a demand for the work of our creative residents, that people want to buy quality products that are unique, not mass produced.”

The Mayor's Charity raised a whopping £400 on the day thanks to the beautiful and bustling Santa's Grotto that was staged in The Sorting Office's Production House.