Red Dots show the way

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

ARTISTS from through­out Argyll came to­gether last week for the launch of the 2016 Artmap open stu­dios di­rec­tory – the de­fin­i­tive guide to the Red Dot Studio Trail.

Now in its ninth year, Artmap’s open studio event is one of the high­lights of the Argyll art-lover’s year, also draw­ing in and en­gag­ing many of those who are sim­ply cu­ri­ous.

Chair­man of the Artmap board Christo­pher Cox said: ‘Our vi­sion is to en­sure that Argyll is recog­nised as a vi­brant, creative hub.

‘Our an­nual Red Dot Studio Trail is Argyll’s premier vis­ual arts event and last year we had more than 5,600 studio vis­its re­sult­ing in £47,000 worth of sales – pro­vid­ing a huge boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.’

To show­case the 48 Argyll artists in­volved in the event, Artmap has pro­duced a 72-page colour brochure with artists’ state­ments, con­tact de­tails and de­tailed di­rec­tions to their stu­dios. The di­rec­to­ries are avail­able free from many lo­cal venues.

Christo­pher added: ' Whether your in­ter­ests fo­cus on paint­ing, sculp­ture, glass, dig­i­tal art, tex­tiles, wood or wil­low, you could do no bet­ter than to beat a path to open doors where you will be as­sured of a warm wel­come and rich ex­pe­ri­ence within each unique space.'

The Artmap open stu­dios event will run for four days from Au­gust 26-29. For more in­for­ma­tion: www.artma­pargyll.co.uk.

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Artmap launches its 2016 guide to all things arty in Argyll.

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