The Sorting Office

Art Studios are thriving

Page last updated at 23 November 2016 at 09:32

Record numbers of visitors enjoyed a vibrant display of arts, crafts and design on offer at The Sorting Office studios’ Winter Open weekend event.

Record numbers of visitors went along to Eastleigh’s designer-maker arts studio over the course of the weekend to see a wide variety of local artists selling their products at the bustling Makers' Fayre. There was also the chance to get to know the local creative studios, chat to the resident designer/makers, watching a variety of craft demonstrations 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.”

He added, I'm extremely proud of all our resident artists, 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. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for the New Year.”

Cabinet Lead for Business & Skills Cllr Derek Pretty said, “It’s great to see The Sorting Office is now thriving as a designer maker studio and attracting so much interest from local people.”

He added, “The Council is committed to growing our creative economy and initiatives such as the Sorting Office Arts Studio and the Tech Hub are helping to support creative businesses that in turn provide local jobs and contribute to the economic success of our town centre.”

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