O P E N A I R is the independent studio of designer and curator Sam Watson.


He founded the curatorial initiatives CIRCA Projects in 2009 and Drop City in 2014, which have each developed an international reputation for their interdisciplinary public programmes, art commissions, publishing activities and innovative working relationships with artists and institutions.

Consequently, at the heart of the studio is a hands-on approach where close working relationships with artists and clients enable conceptual thinking and an authentic, project specific execution. Many of the projects began life as a ‘work’ inside another ‘work’ produced through the extended culture and relationships of the practice. O P E N A I R offers original approaches, bold visual concepts and usability with an expertise in design thinking, art history and creative strategy.

The studio’s work comprises of:
graphic design, brand identity, publishing, typography, art direction, multidisciplinary collaborations, design for web & media. Known for inventive art and design initiatives, Watson also advise institutional, commercial and private art projects on areas of strategy, structural and programme development.

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Apparent Extent, Köln
Arcade, London
ARCO Madrid
AV Festival
Martin Arnold
Kevin Atherton
Ed Atkins
Eric Bainbridge
Giles Bailey
Steven Ball
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
British Artists’ Film & Video Study
Paul Becker
Neil Beloufa
Bob Jubilé
Manon de Boer
Ian Breakwell
Ralf Brög
Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin
CVAC Centre for Visual Arts & Cultures, Durham University
Channel 4
Anne-James Chatton
Lu Chunsheng
CIRCA Projects
Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Contemporary Arts Society
Henry Coombes
Corridor8
David Critchley
Keren Cytter
Rhodri Davies
Benedict Drew
Graham Dolphin
DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin
Olivia Dunbar
Durham Castle Museum
David Dye
Edinburgh Arts Festival
William English
Kathryn Elkin
Adham Faramawy
John W. Fail
Film London
Doug Fishbone
Finnish Cultural Institute in New York
Finnish Institute London
FLAMIN, London
Mat Fleming
Aurélien Froment

Zachary Formwalt
Tilly Fowler
Maria Fusco
Amira Gad
Gallery North, Newcastle
Beatrice Gibson
Kenneth Goldsmith
Goethe Institut, London
Lothar Götz
Rubén Grilo
Graham Gussin
Emma Hart
Nadia Hebson
HIAP, Helsinki
hobbypopMUSEUM
Dan Holdsworth
Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf
Berit Hummel
IMMK, Institute for Ceramic & Glass Arts, Koblenz
Jarman Awards
Jesse Jones
Christian Jendreiko
Kaleidoscope, Milan
Markus Karstieß
Patrick Keiller
KIASMA Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki
John Kippin
Magdalena Kita
Hilary Koob-Sassen
Aleksandra Konopek
KOW, Berlin
Mathias Lahme
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Axel Lapp
Leeds Art Gallery
Liverpool Biennial
Lynn Loo
Matt’s Gallery, London
M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp
Sophie Macpherson
Mauve
Elizabeth McAlpine
MetaphysicVR
Simon Morris
Sophie Michael
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
NGCA, Sunderland
Mark Neville
NICAP Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practices

Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London
Jaakko Pallasvuo
Francesco Pedraglio
Sini Pelkki
Pentecostal Party
Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf
Suzanna Pezo
Mario Pfeifer
Heather Phillipson
Rory Pilgrim
John Rafman
Richard Rigg
Paul Rooney
Jani Ruscica
Ben Russell
Katie Schwab
Maya Schweizer
Manuel Saiz
Manuel Segade
Serpentine Galleries, London
Guy Sherwin
Deanna Smith
John Smith
Michael Stevenson
Luisa Ungar
Anne Tallentire
Chooc Ly Tan
Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan
Jennet Thomas
Maria Theodoraki
Nick Thurston
Peter Todd
Cara Tolmie
Robin Vanbesien
Ersi Varveri
Steina and Woody Vasulka
Pakky Vlassopoulou
Christo Wallers
Gijs Waterschoot
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Zoe Williams
Jane & Louise Wilson
Joshua Wilson
Keith Wilson
Stuart Pearson Wright
Eleanor Wright
Ming Wong
Workplace, Gateshead
Greville Worthington