Open Studios is an opportunity for you to speak to artists about their methods and sources of inspiration and perhaps buy or commission directly from them while exploring a lovely part of Scotland. Some run workshops and demonstrations during the event. You also get to see inside the interesting spaces in which they work!
Open Studios North Fife is an annual event during the first holiday weekend in May. In 2017, the studios are open daily from 10am-6pm on Saturday April 29th, Sunday April 30th, and Monday May 1st.
The event was set up to support and spread the word about professional artists and designer-makers working in the area. The aim is to provide interesting and informative days out visiting studios and having the opportunity to meet and speak to the makers of a wide variety of artwork and perhaps to buy or commission directly from them. It gives visitors a unique insight into the workspaces used by artists and perhaps inspires them to become involved in creative activities themselves and appreciate what goes into the production of the work. All this while exploring a lovely part of Scotland!
In a new venture this year Open Studios North Fife is working to support the Scottish Charity Mary's Meals to help raise money to provide one good meal a day for 1.2 million of the world's poorest children every school day. Participating artists and makers have been invited to offer a piece of their work for sale, the proceeds of which will go directly to the charity. Mary's Meals have set up a page on their website dedicated to the group into which payments can be made by either the artist or the buyer.
All Open Studio participants pay a fee, which covers the cost of the extensive advertising of the event. To encourage new and emerging artists and makers to participate, we have secured generous sponsorship from Howe of Fife Rotary Club for two bursaries. The first was awarded this year to the textile artist Andrea McMillan and in 2018 we will be looking to find another recipient for this money, which will contribute towards the individual's membership costs. If you would like to be considered for this please contact us through our website.
We continue to be grateful to Fife Council for financial assistance for the event from the Strategic Event Fund. We are indebted to Richard Budd, our brochure and artwork designer, who has supported us from our first year in 2006, producing an outstanding piece of artwork each year, putting up with all sorts of complications in the process! Thanks also to Donald at Beacon Web who built and maintains our website. The event is organised and run by volunteers.
Committee: Chair; Leo Norris, Vice Chair; John Smith, Treasurer; Derek Robertson, Membership Secretary; Peter Valente, Distribution; Jenni Gudgeon, Social Media; Aileen Clarke, Laura Appere, Liz Rowley and many others who cover many miles distributing brochures, putting up posters etc.