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GO is a
community-curated open studio project.

Jun 22

I’m having trouble…figuring out if my workspace qualifies as a studio for GO.

The studio definition is so important that it’s part of our official rules for artists. We provide general suggestions below; however, please note that this does not constitute legal advice, and you’ll need to carefully read the rules to determine eligibility.

1. What if I share a studio?

You are eligible to participate in GO if you share a studio; you just need to distinguish clearly between your work and that of your studiomate(s). Unless you make work collaboratively, each artist should register individually. Not all artists in a shared studio need to participate.

2.  What if I work from home?

Your studio space has to be meaningfully distinguished from your living space. Studio space also needs to be space that is actively used for working, rather than a presentation space. For example:

  • The place in your hallway where you hang your paintings would probably not qualify as a studio for GO.
  • If you have a separate room in your apartment where you work, that would probably qualify as a studio for GO.
  • If you use a large part of your living room to make art, and the area is visually separate from the rest of your living space, that would probably qualify as a studio for GO.

3.  What if my workspace doubles as a gallery or commercial space? 

Artists cannot sell work from their workspaces during GO open studio weekend. If your building is a hybrid gallery/studio space, you’ll need to ensure that visitors are not walking through the shop where work is sold in order to get to studios.