There are a number of opportunities for professional artists and designer makers to showcase their work at events organised throughout Perth & Kinross.
Perthshire Open Studios is an annual 9 day event in early September (7-15 September 2019), encouraging artists and makers across the whole of Perth & Kinross to take part and throw open their studio doors to visitors, who can come and both meet the artist, talk through their process, see it in action and have a chance to buy direct.Registration is usually around March/April of each year and is always very popular. If you’re interested in taking part contact visit the Perthshire Open Studios website for information on how to register/apply. This annual event is in it’s 12th year and run by a group of dedicated volunteers.
ArTay runs for the first four days of Perth Festivals of the Arts, 19-22 May 2019. It features over 300 original works by over 80 Contemporary Scottish artists and makers. ArTay is organised by Frames Gallery.
Alyth Creates is a 3 day festival of art, music, heritage and the outdoors and held at the end of May. Their programme includes a variety of creative workshops and an Artists & Makers Fair and introducing a Plein Air Painting Competition for 2019. Follow the Alyth Creates Facebook page to find out more and see call out information when available.
Dunkeld Art Exhibition: Now in its 49th year the Dunkeld Art Exhibition runs for 10 weeks every summer to raise money for the upkeep of Dunkeld Cathedral. Artists from all over the UK show paintings, prints and sculptures and the exhibition attracts some 10,000 visitors each year. 2019 Dates are 20th June – 29th August 2019. Registration opens online on 1 April until 31 May 2019, all work must be registered to be accepted, see their website for full details.
Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace: The Art, Craft and Design Marquee at the Game Fair (5-7 July 2019) is organised by 3D2D Events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 661 6600 for information on how to apply to be an exhibitor.
There are a number of different opportunities throughout the year at various locations, many of these direct selling opportunities are organised voluntarily by makers themselves on a not for profit basis as a platform for creatives to showcase their original, handmade and high quality work.
Perth City Centre
Perthshire Creates run a curated Summer and Christmas Design Market in June and November respectively showcasing the professional creative talent of many artists and designer-makers living and working in the Perth & Kinross & the Tay Cities area. Full details of when and how to apply are on the Perthshire Creates Design Markets page on our website.
The Perth Handmade Show is an annual event held at the Perth Concert Call in November, showcasing the work from artists & designer-makers from Scotland and beyond. Information on how to exhibit can be found on their website.
Fair City Markets in the City centre are mixed markets for arts & crafts, gift products, food and drink. There are often seasonal variations with plants, shrubs in Spring and Christmas trees and festive goods in December. They take place in the city centre (King Edward Street/High Street between 9am and 4.30pm. Information on how to apply for a stall can be found on the Fair City Markets website.
Monthly Summer Markets
Dunkeld: The Dunkeld Craft Collective run monthly Summer markets from March to August and a Santa Day Market at The Taybank in Dunkeld. If interested in booking a space, email email@example.com for details.
Aberfeldy: The Aberfeldy Arts & Crafts Fairs are run on the first Sunday of the month from April to October, 10am – 2pm & located in the Birks Cinema mezzanine, (with the Aberfeldy Farmers Markets running at the same time in the Town Square). There is also a Christmas event including an Arts & Craft Festive Fair. For more details email Lynn Shilp and visit the Aberfeldy Arts & Craft Fairs Facebook Page.
Logierait: Logierait County Markets is a busy country market with local traders selling produce, crafts & collectables, with live music and catering held monthly every 3rd Sunday from April to October. For more details on how to take part email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitlochry: Pitlochry Markets are held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each month from April to October from 10am – 3pm. The Pitlochry Markets 2nd Saturday monthly from April to October, the first market will be on Easter Saturday, 20 April.
Kenmore, nr Aberfeldy: Pop Up Markets are arranged at the Taymouth Courtyard Shop in Kenmore, the first date is Easter Pop Up on Saturday 20 April 2019. Follow their Facebook page for regular updates.
Additional Seasonal Opportunities:
Dunkeld: Santa Day Market is organised by Dunkeld Craft Collective
Abernyte: The Abernyte Brewery Christmas Market has run for 3 years on the first weekend of December.