Exhibition launches Perthshire Open Studios

September 4, 2019 by Perthshire Creates

Over 150 people attended the launch of the 12th Perthshire Open Studios Showcase Exhibition last Friday evening.  The Showcase Exhibition features 200 artworks and is a great way to get a flavour of the artists’ work you can see across the whole event. The Showcase Exhibition is on at The Barn Gallery, The Bield, Blackruthven, Tibbermore and is open daily from 10-5pm until 15 September (a second taster exhibition runs on the same dates at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in the River Room overlooking the Tummel River).

The 2019 Featured Artist at The Barn Gallery is award-winning Perthshire photographer Simon Jauncey, and the exhibition features a magnificent display of landscape photography in world-wide locations. Simon has been a photographer for 30 years in the UK and overseas. He lived for 10 years in Venezuela where he shot cars for Ford, whisky for Johnnie Walker, food for Kraft and many other advertising commissions. With a background in complex advertising imagery and special effects, his personal work has now come full circle, with a return to straightforward portraiture, candid observation and simple, unmanipulated imagery. Simon is a finalist in the 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards.

Simon Jauncey at the launch evening of the Perthshire Open Studios Showcase Exhibition. Image by Dave Hunt

A group of artists will be in residence during the two weeks of the exhibition, which runs from 31 August to 15 September, these include visual artists Libby Scott and Karenina Johnson, photographer Cat Burton, ceramicist Anna Olson and Glass for All Time. They will be on hand to welcome visitors and to talk about their work and the exhibition in general.

The Open Studios event itself begins this Saturday 7 September with 200 artists spread across 8 coloured routes reaching all corners of Perth & Kinross. This year Perthshire Open Studios (POS) is partnering with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust to have artists in residence in a series of buildings across the region as part of Doors Open Day (Perth and Kinross).

These will include:

Strathearn Artspace in Crieff is hosting a taster pop up exhibition with artists from the Green RouteGreen route and on the Orange Route the Leslie Street Art Trail will display POS artists’ work in shop windows on the street.


The 2019 POS brochure, and the website, provide full details of all those taking part in the 12th annual event (see the  directory at perthshireopenstudios.com) and also suggests 8 colour coded routes to help visitors explore different areas. The brochure is also available from local visitor centres, libraries, arts venues. Eating places along the routes and listed in the brochure and from the artists themselves.

Some of the artists taking part on the POS Turquoise Route

Some of the artists taking part on the POS Lime Route

Some of the artists taking part on the POS Red Route

Perthshire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation and run as a Community Interest Company by a volunteer committee. This annual event makes a significant contribution to the local economy and generates local community art and craft events throughout the year.

2019 Perthshire Open Studios Production Team


Top Image: Simon Jauncey