Perthshire Open Studios has begun!

September 3, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Perthshire Open Studios – Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th September 2016

The countryside and towns across Perth & Kinross look fabulous at any time of the year, and early September is always lovely at the tail end of summer with the harvested fields and orange signs which pop up for 9 days across the region!  The orange signs indicate that artists, makers, designers, crafters and the creative community are opening their doors as part of Perthshire Open Studios.

Now in it’s 9th year, there are over 200 individual artists in 139 studios, workshops and galleries showing their work, talking through how they create their work, demonstrating and willing to allow access into their creative zone.  It’s a really wonderful way to both find out what creative talent is on your doorstep and find a unique hand crafted piece of art, ceramics, homewares, jewellery, clothing & accessories, sculpture, stained glass and so much more, whilst meeting the maker at the same time.

Open Studios is naturally an opportunity to find and purchase lovely individual work, but it’s about so much more than that, it’s about finding out how people work, what inspires them, their creative process, direct contact with the maker and if a purchase is made there’s a story behind it which will always be remembered and it’s a rare opportunity for the artists and makers to meet and chat so personally about what they do.  As a 9 day event it spans across 2 weekends and makes for a great day out, the brochure also has details of local cafes and places to go for lunch or a reviving cuppa along the way.

Perthshire Open Studios is organised by a dedicated voluntary committee and many helpers, who are mostly artists themselves taking part in the event.

There are 7 different coloured routes which take you in all directions across the region, the route map which can be found both in the brochure (which are distributed across the area) and on the website help to choose who and where you want to visit.

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There are also two showcase exhibitions, one at THE BARN GALLERY, The Bield at Blackruthven, Tibbermore, Perth, which is open daily throughout Open Studios from 10 – 5pm until 11th September, and the second at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR, also open daily from 10am until 30 September.  The exhibition at The Barn Gallery is a showcase where many of the artists show a piece of their work and is an excellent way to see what kind of work there is and help you choose which studios to visit and Pitlochry Festival Theatre host a ‘taster’ exhibition on wall art.  Each year the showcase exhibition at The Bield features the work of a selected Perthshire artist and this year you can see work from Su Grierson, a visual artist whose practice utilises video, image and sound, presenting land and landscape from differing non traditional perspectives.  Working on a project basis, Su exhibits in galleries, outdoor  locations and other venues in Scotland and internationally.  The video project Track & Trace, which is showing at this exhibition, was made with performer Brigid McCarthy within 3 miles of The Bield itself.  The aim was to create, through human movement, a form of mapping, re-enacting landscape through its social and organise use of patterns.

If you’ve not yet got your hands on the 2016 brochure, Click here for the online brochure, although worth getting one if you can as it’s a great resource throughout the rest of the year as a reminder of what is out there.

The event is also supported by regular sponsors for each route, the showcase exhibition and launch event at the Bield.

Visit our 2015 post about Open Studios to see the short film made by Perthshire based photographer Dave Hunt which beautifully showcases the variety of work which can be seen throughout Perthshire Open Studios.

Perthshire Open Studios are open from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th September 2016.  Check the brochure & website for individual studio opening times.