Open Studios on the Sidewalks



To celebrate DATMA’s 2023 theme of “Shelter” we highlighted the important role of artists in shaping and creating their local community, the ultimate shelter for a city.

For the past 4 years, DATMA has been working with artists from outside the region. To build on the second year of our theme, “Shelter” we are highlighting the important role artists play in shaping and creating their local community, the ultimate shelter for a city. New Bedford, and its surrounding towns, is home to countless creatives. This exhibition features a range of SouthCoast artists who have never considered their work to be “the right medium” for public art, presenting their work in outdoor spaces for the first time. We want to expand the possibilities of what audiences consider public art mediums and get artists energized about exhibiting artworks in the community and outside the typical “white-cube” gallery. Open Studios on the Sidewalk is about opening up doors to the different creative practices in the SouthCoast region. Through our artist directory below, we are showcasing the unique spaces where artists produce work within DATMA’s local creative economy.

The outdoor portion of this exhibition was originally on view June 23 – October 23, 2023 in Tonnessen Park & Entrance of Seastreak Ferry building, downtown New Bedford.


For media inquiries, please contact: Edwina A. Kluender, KLÜNDER Communications [email protected] & PH 1.617.888.5859. Here is our downloadable press release: DATMA SHELTER2023 Press Release Announcement Here.


Seaport Artwalk & Director’s Tour

Explore local art in Downtown New Bedford   In conjunction with the Seaport Art Walk, DATMA will be highlighting one of our summer exhibitions, The Art of Technology. During AHA! New Bedford on Thursday, July 11 a special opening tour of the outdoor exhibit with the artists will take place at 6:30 p.m., beginning at Pier 3

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