What is CWOS?
One of the largest events of its kind, Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios is in its 21st year. Artists from across Connecticut are invited to open their doors and exhibit their work in their own studios, or at the creative complex Erector Square in Fair Haven, or at the Yale West Campus. Thousands of visitors and over 350+ artists participate each year in this exhibition the size of a city.
Multiple Weekends in October
City-Wide Open Studios takes place over multiple weekends in October.
- Erector Square Weekend October 6 & 7: Erector Square acts as a hub of artistic activity in Fair Haven. A high concentration of artist studios—housed in a former Erector Set factory—make it an especially exciting place to be during Open Studios. Free and open to all.
- Westville Weekend & Private Studios Weekend October 13 & 14: Artists in the Westville section of New Haven will open their doors as will artists in their studios across Greater New Haven. Artspace organizes bike tours and routes to help visitors see the breadth of art on display. Free and open to all.
- Alternative Space Weekend October 27 & 28: Artists from across the state of Connecticut take over the a space at Yale West Campus (410 West Campus Drive, West Haven). This weekend also includes interactive commissioned projects and many site-specific installations. Free and open to all.
Party in the Streets
Opening Reception: October 5, 5-8pm
A large opening reception at Artspace will kick off the City-Wide Open Studios festival. Come meet all the artists! One work by each CWOS participating artist will be on display at our gallery at 50 Orange St throughout the festival. The evening coincides with First Friday on Ninth Square. The street in front of Artspace is closed off for a block party (weather permitting). Be sure to pick up the Official Map & Guide at Artspace so you can plan the rest of your time at City-Wide Open Studios.
Brought to you by Artspace
Artspace, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, has been producing City-Wide Open Studios for the past 21 years.
Artspace’s mission is three fold: to catalyze artistic activities; connect contemporary artists, audiences, and resources; and to enrich art experiences and activate art spaces.