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Open Studios Hebrides is a newly formed organisation.

We held our first event for artists and makers who live and/or work in the

Loch a Tuath area between Tong and Tolsta.

This was a unique opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the Isle of Lewis, see our stunning beaches and explore the range of art produced by our talented artists and makers.

The art trail was very successful and attracted more than 200 visitors over the 2 weekends.

Our visitors were very enthusiastic and most of them were island residents who were thrilled to have this chance to discover the work of local artists. The 12 artists and makers participating all sold work, made new connections and some received commissions.

We plan to organise a larger Open Studios event across the Isle of Lewis next summer and already have 40 + artists and crafts people expressing interest.

Open Studios are an established feature of many places in the UK. Scotland boasts some very successful events. Artists open their studios or workplaces over a set period of time and welcome the public to come and meet them, view their work and find out a little more about the wealth and variety of creativity produced locally. Following the OSH art trail is a great way to seek out unique gifts and artwork with a flavour of the Hebrides and see the artists and makers in their own settings.