Arran Open Studios 2nd – 5th August

A message from the team behind the Arran Open Studios

Feature image: Bowl by Ruth Mae

Arran Open Studios builds up more head of steam than a Clyde Puffer as it ploughs into its eighth year. 2019 boasts 41 movers and makers on this iconic isle in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and makers in the studio/workshop. It’s an opportunity to engage, one on one, with contemporary artists and craftspeople working in a broad range of disciplines and materials, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, fabrics & textiles, stone and bronze sculptures, furniture, woodturning, printmaking, jewellery, illustration, assemblage, and mixed media.

It’s an opportunity to see works in progress, talk about materials and processes and acquire hand-made objects directly from their authors and without gallery commission. Come and find out the back story about the work and how it has come about.

All the artists are happy to open and talk about the making, materials, and as crucially, the inspiration behind the making. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their natural habitat and to see a fascinating new dimension to Arran’s burgeoning creative life.

Click here for the Open Studios brochure (PDF) with all the details of the artists.

Some of the work by participating artists:

Sculpture in stone: Tim Pomeroy
Painting: Ed O’Donnelly










…And take part in this year’s Biscuit Tin Initiative 2019
18 Paterson of Arran biscuit tins are located across the island, in coffee shops, tea-rooms, hotels, the library. No biscuits inside but instead, drawing/writing materials. At your leisure, you are invited by Arran Open Studios organisers to make a drawing, write a poem or share a meditation and leave it in the tin. All contributions will be exhibited at the end of Arran Open Studios at Arran Active and an Arran-specific prize will be awarded to the best contribution. Become part of the wider enterprise; whatever you contribute it will be much appreciated.

Locations to look out for: Corrie Hotel, Kildonan Hotel, Kinloch Hotel, Lagg Hotel, Drift Inn, Machrie Tearoom, Lochranza Distillery, Coast, Made in Arran, The Coffee Pot, Felicity’s, The Shore, Bay Stores, The Tourist Office, Janies, The Douglas, The Library.

For more information see the Open Studios website and Facebook. Tel; 01770 820373