Arran Open Studios wants to celebrate 10th anniversary

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Arran Open Studios organisers have indicated that they have every intention of celebrating the 10th anniversary of hosting their annual art studio visiting event later this year, however, a final decision will not be made until next month.

With last year’s event cancelled owing to strict Covid restrictions, organisers are now more determined than ever to see the event going ahead between Friday August 13 and Monday August 16 this year.

The Arran Open Studios (AOS) initiative sees artists on Arran opening their doors to visitors and invites them to learn about a wide range of contemporary art from Arran-based artists.

Visitors can see the artists’ natural work environment and can discuss working methods, subjects, materials, and the whole gamut of what it means to derive a livelihood and fulfilment from working in the arts.

Artistic disciples range from jewellery-making to painting, sculpture and ceramics, stained glass and wood working of all types, textiles and furniture making, and drawing print and illustration among many more.

A spokesperson from AOS said: ‘We are confident that the event will go ahead for its 10th year. The Open Studios has the support of 34 artists, all signed up and enthusiastic to open up for visitors in what’s hoped will be a more relaxed August. This is the hope.

‘This decision, like all others in society at present, would be subject to the vagaries of the virus and government rules. We have one more meeting before taking a final decision but the optimism within the group is palpable.’

Further details of all of the venues and profiles of the artists can be found on the Arran Open Studios website at which will help visitors to strategically plan their visits and set up an itinerary for the weekend.