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Isle of Wight art event boosts island economy

Fri 17 Sep 2010

Isle of Wight art event boosts island economy

A recent art event which people on Isle of Wight holidays may have attended has provided a boost to the island's economy.

The Isle of Wight Council estimates that tens of thousands of pounds were generated by the 2010 Open Studios schedule, which saw artists on the Isle of Wight open up their homes to visitors in July.

As much as £50,000 worth of art was sold by the 97 artists who took part in this year's event, with the council hoping more people will volunteer to let people into their properties next time.

"The event gives artists and businesses a unique opportunity to manage their own event, exhibiting work in a way which works best for them and to demonstrate working processes," commented the council.

Numerous artists are based on the Isle of Wight, including Mandy Bangerter, Patsy Loake, Christopher Jenkins, Beverley Snudden and Yvonne Durrant, with the former home of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron Dimbola Lodge hosting various exhibitions.

Posted by Steph White  ADNFCR-3083-ID-800068994-ADNFCR

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