Open Studios Hebrides
2023 OPEN STUDIO DATES
27th, 28th, 29th July and
3rd, 4th and 5th August
Open Studios Hebrides is a group of artists and makers living and working across the Isle of Lewis, 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, the first two Open Studio events were a great success. We look forward to many more artists joining future Open Studios and plan to showcase the galleries across the islands alongside the Artist's Studios.
We are a group of volunteers, with funding support from Creative Scotland, to bring to life the following events:
Open Studios - 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 Broad Bay, Lochs, Uig, West Side, Ness and Stornoway. 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.
A Stornoway 'Art Walk' - a way of 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.
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 2023 it will also showcase participating galleries signposted in each area.
'Free Art Friday' - Friday 21st July 2023 - 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!