About Us

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 2019, the studios are open daily from 10am-6pm on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, and Monday 6h of May.

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!

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 in 2017 to the textile artist Andrea McMillan and in 2019 this has been awarded to the ceramasist Alison McIntyre.

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 & Membership Secretary Peter Valente ;Treasurer; Derek Robertson,  Secretary ; Jenni Gudgeon, Distribution; Mike King , Social Media; Aileen Clarke, Sheila Page, Liz Rowley,Stephen Mackay, Andrea McMillan, Neal Robinson,Kay Anderson, Hazel McLeod and many others who cover many miles distributing brochures, putting up posters etc.

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