GOS 2016 FAQ for Artists


What is Gowanus Open Studios?

Gowanus Open Studios, or GOS, is an annual weekend event that takes place in October. Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of visual artists. This year’s GOS 2016 is the weekend of October 14-16 and is organized by Arts Gowanus.

GOS is an amazing art exhibit and so much more. It is an important opportunity for the Gowanus community to rally around the artists and creativity and energy that makes this area so vibrant.

When is my studio open?

Artists commit to their studio being open from noon-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Ideally you are in your studio and meeting the people who come through (so many opportunities for great conversations!), but if you can’t be there, please be sure someone else is manning the studio and keeping it open.

What about Friday?

Several events Kick-Off the weekend on Friday evening. Studios are not open to the public on Friday evening.

Who makes Gowanus Open Studios happen?

Gowanus Open Studios is a collaboration between Arts Gowanus (a non-profit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for artists and a sustainable arts community in Gowanus), the artists participating, and many, many amazing and creative volunteers. We hope you will find a way to participate!

What does Arts Gowanus provide (through many volunteer hours):

  • Printed guide, including a street map, to help visitors find studios
  • Postcards and posters for promotion
  • Additional publicity and visibility
  • Meet-ups and happy hours
  • Marketing workshops for artists

What is each artist’s responsibility?

  • Registration fee (see below)
  • Ensure your studio is open both Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
  • Create and update page in Artist Directory
  • Publicity – sending GOS announcements to email list, social media, etc.
  • Volunteer as many hours as possible
  • Participate in the community gatherings as be a part of this amazing community of artists
  • Know your goals, keep your eyes on the goal, and enjoy the weekend!

What is the cost to register for artists?

$35 Early Registration (Month of July: July 1-July 31)

$55 Regular Registration (Month of August: August 1-September 1)

$55 Registration after September 1 includes listing online in the Directory of Artists and online Map, but your studio will not be able to be included in the printed GOS 2016 Guide and Map.

Register now!

Why register early?

Registering early saves you money. It also gives you a longer timeframe to set your goals and make a plan for how to make the most of the weekend. Including participating in the Arts Gowanus sponsored workshops over the summer.

What if I share a studio space?

Every artist must register individually. Only artists who have registered will be listed on the printed and online maps.

What if I am part of an artist collective?

If you would like to register as a collective, only the name of the collective will be listed on the online and printed maps. If you would like each name listed, you need to each register as individual artists.

What is the Artist Directory?

The Artist Directory is the official online listing of all registered artists with images of work and location on the GOS 2016 map. This year, as in past years, the Directory of Artists will be powered by Artsicle.com. Our talented team at Artsicle continues to improve the directory each year.

What if I don’t have a space but still want to participate?

It is the responsibility of each artist to find their own space, ideally, the studio where you work. If you are a Gowanus artist and are looking for a space, you may contact us at info@artsgowanus.org, let us know your connection to Gowanus and your situation. Although there is no guarantee that we will find you a space, we will try to connect you with people and places that might offer you a chance to exhibit your work. There are several very supportive businesses who would love to host artists during the weekend. Sometimes a particular studio building has available space.

How do I prepare for Open Studios?

  • Read the emails from Arts Gowanus
  • Attend Arts Gowanus-sponsored Summer Marketing Workshops (TBA for 2016)
  • Reach out to your building captains to coordinate a Building-wide presence
  • Attend GOS 2016 Happy Hours and Informational Meetings
  • Connect with fellow participating artists to share tips and ideas on how to set up your space

Where can I find GOS 2016 logos to use in my own promotions?

Download them here.

How do I get more involved?

There are lots of ways to help out with GOS 2016! Your participation is needed. Your skills are needed. We need volunteers for ongoing leadership roles and also for one-time commitments of several hours.  Like to send out emails? Know WordPress? MailChimp? Like to talk to businesses in the community? Good writer? Blogger? Arts Gowanus is looking for volunteers to fundraise, secure sponsorships, coordinate logistics, get the word out through press and marketing, and contribute to our blog and website content, among other roles. Let us know what you are good at! Visit our Volunteers page for more information, or email us at volunteer@artsgowanus.org.

Can I pay by cash or check?

We prefer that you register online on our registration page, where you can pay by debit or credit card. This process makes data management easier on our end. If you have trouble registering, please get in touch with us at amy@artsgowanus.org. If you strongly prefer, checks can be mailed to Arts Gowanus, 540 President Street, Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

What about my other questions that weren’t answered here?

Don’t hesitate to email us at info@artsgowanus.org.

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