Fol­low the red dots to map out Ar­gyll art­work at its best

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE Red Dot Open Stu­dios Trail prom­ises to be the big­gest and best to date, with 50 of Ar­gyll’s most tal­ented artists throw­ing open their stu­dio doors to the public from 28 – 31 Au­gust.

The event, or­gan­ised by arts or­gan­i­sa­tion and artists’ net­work, Artmap, will give visi­tors the chance to go be­hind the scenes of stu­dios across Ar­gyll, see works in progress and buy orig­i­nal art­works, all set against the back­drop of some of Scot­land’s most stun­ning scenery.

From Port Ap­pin to Camp­bel­town, Dal­mally to Tober­mory, each venue has a num­bered red dot along the trail which visi­tors can fol­low us­ing Artmap’s Open Stu­dios Di­rec­tory and map: http://artma­ map/

The Red Dot Open Stu­dios Trail was set up by Artmap in 2008 as part of its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing artists, in­creas­ing sales of lo­cal art­work, and help­ing to grow Ar­gyll’s rep­u­ta­tion as a vi­brant cre­ative hub with lo­cal peo­ple and visi­tors alike.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2008, the event has grown in size and pop­u­lar­ity year- on-year. Last year’s event saw more than 5,600 lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional visi­tors flock to the area, gen­er­at­ing an im­pres­sive £48,000 in sales – a huge boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Christo­pher Cox, Artmap chair­man said: ‘The Red Dot Open Stu­dios Trail is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the public to go be­hind the scenes with some of the most tal­ented, cre­ative artists we have here in Ar­gyll and see how their work is made.

‘ With each artist hav­ing their own dis­tinc­tive style of work in their cho­sen medium, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

‘And we hope that peo­ple will en­joy the jour­ney to reach us in our var­i­ous beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions, just as much as the fan­tas­tic ar­ray of art­work we have on of­fer.’

Mar­garet Ker is just one of the artists tak­ing part in this year’s event.

She said: ‘Artmap’s Open Stu­dios event has pro­vided me with the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the larger art com­mu­nity in Ar­gyll and it inspires me to make new work ev­ery year to show and sell di­rectly to the art-lov­ing and art-buy­ing public. I en­joy wel­com­ing visi­tors to my stu­dio.’

This year, three new venues have joined the Trail, in­clud­ing Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage’s Art at the Mill at Taynish, which fea­tures an ex­hi­bi­tion of work from pupils at Lochgilp­head High School as part of the Snap­berry Pro­ject and a free out­door art trail along the mill path down to the shore.

Si­t­u­ated at the Taynish Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, the Taynish Mill trail fea­tures spe­cially made art­works from ten Artmap artists, in­clud­ing Lesley Burr, Sian MacQueen and Me­lanie Ch­mielewka, giv­ing visi­tors a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­tra­or­di­nary nat­u­ral habi­tats, seashore and land­scape and see how the artists have in­ter­preted stone, ce­ramic, glass, con­crete, wil­low, tex­tiles, mir­ror and print to sit in their cho­sen set­tings.

For the sec­ond year, Taynish also hosts work by the artist, Rob Mul­hol­land, on the stun­ning shore of Loch Sween.

Caro­line An­der­son, Pro­ject Leader, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage said: ‘Hav­ing the Snap­berry pro­ject in­cluded in the Open Stu­dios event is hugely im­por­tant for Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage and the pupils from Lochgilp­head High School who have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­ject.

‘The ex­hi­bi­tion at Taynish Mill is an ideal lo­ca­tion to show­case the im­ages the pupils have cap­tured while out on the Ar­gyll Na­tional Na­ture Re­serves and work­ing in con­junc­tion with Artmap has en­abled them to reach a wider au­di­ence.’

To plan your art trail, sim­ply fol­low the red dots – a map of which can be found on the Artmap web­site at: artma­, or down­load the Red Dot Open Stu­dios Trail di­rec­tory at: artma­ artists-venues/#all, or sim­ply fol­low the red dot road­side signs.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: artma­ or find us on Twit­ter at: twit­­pargyll and Face­book: https:// www.face­book. com/artmap

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