Open Studios Hebrides
WHO WE ARE
Open Studios Hebrides is a group of artists and makers living and working across the Isles of Lewis and Harris, each plying their own individual creative work in studios, sheds, spare bedrooms, wherever a studio space can be carved out.
OSH aims to showcase their work to the island community and tourists, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, make new connections and share their arts and crafts in their own studio settings.
Established in 2021, Open Studio events have proved to be a great success. We look forward to many more artists joining us and plan to showcase galleries across the islands alongside the Artist's Studios.
Look out for the Open Studios Hebrides brochure, a wealth of information about the Island's Artist Community including maps and location details. It highlights venues where visitors can get refreshments and toilet stops along the way. In 2024, as we expand into Harris, the Open Studios main event will span 3 weekends and as before will also showcase participating galleries signposted in each area.
With funding support from Creative Scotland our group of volunteers bring the following annual events to life:
The highlight event, an opportunity for people to visit Artists in their studios and learn about their work and working practices. The studios are grouped into 'Art Trails' based around the island. Some Artists exhibit their work in shared spaces throughout the community where it isn't possible or practical to share their studios with the public.
We organise several member exhibitions around the islands during the year.
Stornoway Art Walk
Promoting local artists by exhibiting examples of their work and contact details in shop windows in the centre of town. There will be a map of this Art Walk trail with details of the shops and the artists they are promoting.
Free Art Friday
Artists promote their work by placing a small piece of their artwork where it can be found by a member of the public. Watch out for clues on Facebook and Instagram and you could find a piece of free artwork from one of our artists - FINDERS KEEPERS!