Open Studios Hebrides is a newly formed group of artists and makers living and working across the Isle of Lewis, each plying their own very individual creative work in studios, sheds, spare bedrooms...
OSH aims to showcase their work to the island community and to tourists, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, make new connections and share their arts and crafts in their own studio settings.
Our first trial art trail was a great success, and we plan to expand the project in coming years, so that many more of the island artists and makers have the opportunity to promote their wonderful work.
We have learned lessons from the initial trail and will use that in our future planning, so that OSH 2022 will be bigger and better and we can hopefully develop the project into an annual fixture.
Planned for 2022
Individual Art Trails for artists based around Broad Bay, Lochs, Uig, West Side, Ness and Stornoway.
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.
Shared venues for artists and makers who do not have their own studios
Participating established galleries signposted in each trail area
Strategic venues for visitors to get refreshments and toilet stops
OSH brochure to include maps for each Art Trail area and including details of participating artists, makers and associate galleries
'Free Art Monday' - Monday 18th July - a way for artists to 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!