Come in – We’re Open!

August 23, 2018 by Perthshire Creates

Across Perth & Kinross artists and makers are busy creating, painting and making as they prepare for the 11th year of Perthshire Open Studios, a 9-day event which this year includes 178 artists across 122 studios and workshops and runs from 1-9 September.

Guided by the colourful Perthshire Open Studios brochure (and website), which is now available from local visitor centres, libraries, arts venues, cafes and the artists themselves, visitors can select who to see and where to go, choosing from any of the 7 coloured routes which criss-cross the region in addition to the two showcase events at The Bield,Tibbermore and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

This annual event, which is run by a volunteer group of local artists, has become a much-anticipated date in the region’s cultural calendar and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Featuring original artwork created from all different techniques including paper cutting to pottery, watercolour to woodcarving, metalwork to mono-printing, visitors will have a chance to browse and buy, discuss commissions, or simply enjoy discovering an artist’s individual workspace.

Examples of work from POS Members

Visiting any of the Perthshire Open Studios (POS) can mean discovering an artist along the road or take you out on a creative road trip discovering new areas you’ve not yet had a reason to visit, however far afield they wish to travel.

In addition, there are two Showcase Exhibitions featuring a piece of work from a number of participating aritsts. The main Showcase Exhibition at The Bield, Tibbermore, opens on Saturday 25 August, a week before the main event, giving you time to plan where you will go during the 9 days.  The second is at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and is open daily from 10am from 1 – 28 September.

In addition to a variety of works by POS members this year’s exhibition at the Bield will feature the work of Lucy Poett, ARBS, SWA,VAS, a sculptor and painter born and brought up in Scotland who studied briefly at the Heatherly School of Art in London where she was introduced to working in clay by Cubitt Bevis. Returning to Scotland Lucy worked under Scott Sutherland at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art.

Lucy Poett featured artist at The Bield Showcase Exhibition

The 7 different routes will take you to every corner of Perth & Kinross.   This page on the suggests what else you can see when out and about in the different localities.

Some artists on different routes have teamed up to help promote their participation, look out for the Leslie Street Art Trail in Blairgowrie on the Orange Route, Beyond the Bothy on the Red Route and a showcase of work from the Turquoise Route at the Angel Cakes Cake Shop & Tearoom in Kinross.

In this, the Year of Young People (YOYP), there’s an exciting new entry for 2018. Crieff High School YOYP group developed the idea of an art exhibition into becoming an official POS venue.  Linking in with the Strathearn Community Campus Library they are Venue No.83 on the Green Route and will host artwork created by young people living in Perth & Kinross.

Whether you visit one of the Showcase Exhibitions, make a day of exploring a particular route, or cherry pick which artists studios to venture into, enjoy this annual opportunity to explore the creative talent across Perthshire and Kinross-Shire.

Perthshire Open Studios runs from Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 September.  

Main Image Credit: Dave Hunt, Venue 97 on the Green Route