Perthshire Open Studios announce 2021 dates
August 25, 2020 by Perthshire Creates
With September just around the corner, usually the countryside of Perthshire and Kinross-Shire takes on an all-day, all-weather orange glow, created by the incredible number of orange venue direction signs put up by the artists for the popular annual Perthshire Open Studios (POS) event. The POS event enables professional artists, makers, art clubs and collective of artists to open their workspaces and get together to exhibit their work during the annual nine day event.
Sadly POS 2020, like so many other events, has been cancelled due to the on-going Covid-19 health pandemic. However that doesn’t mean that participating artists have downed their tools completely. Many have used the curtailment of everyday activities during lockdown as a time to create new works, and now that some restrictions have been lifted, are opening up their galleries and studios to the public with COVID-19 protection measures firmly in place.
However, instead of opening up their annual Showcase event and preparing to open their studio doors this year, the organising team have instead been thinking ahead to 2021 and have confirmed the event will take place from 4-12 September 2021. Some 90 members who signed up for POS 2020 have elected to have their membership carried forward to 2021, and you can get a glimpse of their work which is displayed on the POS website gallery on the home page of perthshireopenstudios.com. With contact details for each, you can contact artists direct if you are interested in seeing more of their work, it may also be possible to visit them in person by appointment.
A message from Glenys Andrews, POS President, confirms that despite no event this year, the committee want all their members to “Keep Safe and Carry on Creating! Our Call to Artists for 2021 will go out in late February/Early March 2021. Artists who have retained their 2020 membership with us need not apply again and we will be delighted to receive applications at that point from others who would like to join us for the 2021 Event. I would stress that POS as an organisation and event is officially cancelled for 2020 and any opening of homes or galleries is a strictly personal arrangement, and we, the POS Committee would urge any artist considering opening up their home, to check out the guidance on the Scottish Government’s official website at www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/.”
Despite no POS for 2020, you can still enjoy their work via the members gallery on the POS website, where you’ll find links to the artists own web pages for more images of their work, and contacting artists directly.