Help & Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that we've made the Open Studios process fun and easy for you! We have provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you through the process; if you have a question that can't be answered here please feel free to email caleb[at] for help. Please be patient, as the Artspace staff is small and may take a few days in responding to queries. We also encourage artists to help one another in preparing for CWOS.

Index of Questions




Please refer to our Registration Page, which will be live at 5pm on July 15.

The CWOS festival fee covers your participation in the festival exhibition at Artspace, your presence in the printed guide and in an online CWOS artist directory. The CWOS participation fee is $50. The Alternative Space supplement is $25.  

  • In what format/size should my registration image be?

    The registration form will ask for one representative image of your work, which will be used in on our online directory. The image must be in JPEG format. Please make it no larger than 500 X 500 and 150 dpi.

Opening your studio & exhibiting your work

  • In which weekend should I participate?

    • Artists with studios in Erector Square should participate in the Erector Square Weekend, October 12/23.
    • Artists with studios in New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and Hamden should participate in the Passport Weekend, October 19/20. 
    • Artists without studios, or who are interested in creating site-specific works, should participate in the Alternative Space Weekend, October 26/27. 

    Further information on each weekend can be found on our Getting Started Page.

  • How do I rent a studio for Weekends 1 or 2?

    Several venues offer temporary studio space for rent. Any rental fees are to be arranged between the venue and the artist directly.

    Weekend 1 (Erector Square) October 12/13: Contact Kathi Telman at 203.865.5055 or erectorsquare[at]

    Weekend 2 (Passport Weekend) October 19/20: West Cove Studio & Gallery, along with A-Space Gallery, will rent spaces for CWOS registered artists. 10,000 square feet of space is available. For further information contact Roy Smith (phone: 609.638.8501, email: rts3rd[at] 

  • What if I don’t yet have a studio address?

    Please contact caleb[at] to explain your needs and plans. We will do our best to point you to possible solutions.

  • What is the difference between the Alternative Space and renting a space at West Cove or Erector Square?

    Both options have their distinct advantages. The Alternative Space will be open for several weeks for artists to be able to conceive and mount their installations in the presence of other artists. West Cove and Erector Square are available for the weekend only, but offer move-in-ready conditions. 

  • What can I show in the Festival Exhibition at Artspace?

    Each artist is invited to select a small (18” X 18” X 18”) work on paper or pedestal for the exhibition. Works must be from 2011 or later. Participation in the Festival Exhibition at Artspace is an integral part of the overall experience.

  • What happens if I sell my work during CWOS?

    Works sold through the Festival Exhibition organized by Artspace are subject to a 30% commission. For sales made during your weekend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of a portion of your sale to help us cover the costs of the festival. In past years, artists have contributed 20% of such sales. We thank you for your generosity. 

  • How can I help publicize the CWOS Festival and my participation in it?

    After you register, Artspace will furnish you with a digital invitation for you to distribute. CWOS graphics and social media guides for Facebook and Twitter can be found on the Press Toolkit Page starting in August. Our marketing works in tandem with the efforts of our participating artists, so please spread the word via your own social media network. During September and October, check your email and Artspace’s Facebook page regularly for updates and CWOS news.

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