Promoting The County’s Arts Community
Ayrshire is truly the destination for a festival of art each September, with sculptuAre, printing, painting and many different crafts all being exhibited at home studios and other venues across Ayrshire by the artists and makers of Open Studios Ayrshire.
With the successful completion of Open Studios Ayrshire’s annual open weekend on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2023, artists and makers across the county can rest after welcoming hundreds of art lovers into their studios for an annual glimpse into their world of creativity.
Founded in 2012, OSA has gone from strength to strength, created by the artists themselves. Showcasing their work, they offer beautiful work at very affordable prices, bearing in mind current stretched household budgets.
There is everything on offer from original art to glass, prints, glazed pottery, sculpture and a full range of jewellery.
Artist, Jenny Brown, said: “Giving local artists and makers an opportunity to showcase and sell their work, and a group for advice and information is one of OSA’s key aims. OSA is a warm, supportive organisation where artists share tips, run workshops and build community as the creative process can be a solitary one. New members are warmly invited for the 2024 event.”
Kerry Souter, artist, whose studio at Queens Terrace in Ayr is open for a second year, and who has helped coordinate OSA members’ exhibitions at local venues throughout this year said: “The OSA weekend is a unique opportunity for people to see behind our scenes from West Kilbride to Girvan, Straiton to Muirkirk and pick up a few tips on creating artwork. We display sketchbooks where creative ideas take shape and talk to visitors about the process of creating. For anyone looking for a bespoke piece, they may find an opportunity to commission a unique work of art. But best of all, the artwork is commission free.”
Open Studios Ayrshire is growing and is putting a shout out for more Ayrshire talent for their 13th year in 2024. Amongst their highlights forthcoming for 2024 are the OSA exhibition at the Harbour Arts Centre from August to September and, of course, their exciting open studio weekend planned for the first weekend in September.
For up-to-date information and applications to join the OSA visit www.openstudiosayrshire.com.