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Apply to be part of the 
ART Open Studios Hebrides 2024

New Members welcome

31st JANUARY 2024

Join Open Studios Hebrides

Membership for the 2023 Open Studios Hebrides membership and events is now closed.

We will be taking membership applications for 2024 from October 2023.

We are a group of artists and makers living and working on the Isle of Lewis. We volunteer our time and resources to make our Open Studios event happen each year.

We believe that the term ‘ARTIST ’  covers a wide range of creative disciplines and abilities, including crafts.

Membership information

SELECTION CRITERIA: Your work is made by you, you are showing/selling your artwork or crafts and you either live and/or work on the Isle of Lewis. 


VENUES: Visitors love to be able to see where artists work, but if your home studio is not suitable for opening to the public, we are happy for you to exhibit your work in one of the shared venues – we might also be able to put you in touch with another artist who would like to share their studio.


MEMBERSHIP FEES:  No commission is charged on any sales made. The membership fee provides participating artists a place on the regional Art Trails and inclusion in the Open Studios Hebrides website, brochure and social media. The event will be promoted throughout the area, in the local press and on Tourist Board information sites. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in additional OSH events – Free Art Friday, Stornoway Art Walk, events and exhibitions during the course of the year.


ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Galleries and established studios and businesses may wish to become Associate Members. This gives the benefit of being promoted and included in the website and brochure, resulting in increased publicity and footfall. See the Associate Members’ page on the OSH website for an application form.


PROMOTIONS: We ask all artists to support OSH by promoting their involvement in OSH ART Open Studios 2023 across their own social media, mailing lists, newsletters, etc.


INSURANCE: All artists must provide evidence of current public liability insurance – if you do not have this, please get in touch and we can point you in the directions of some affordable options.


STORNOWAY ART WALK: As part of promoting the Open Studios event and signposting traders in Stornoway a Stornoway Art Walk is organised with shops featuring a participating artist/s in their windows with details of where/when to visit them during the Open Studios.


FREE ART FRIDAY is an optional promotion to introduce the OSH ART event. Members of the public are encouraged to find free artwork hidden around the local area by some of our artists. Clues to the whereabouts of the art packages are posted on Social Media. 



TAKING PART: We expect members to contribute to putting these events on and sharing the workload by helping out with some of the essential tasks involved.

MONITORING: We ask for visitor numbers, sales figures and any other feedback after the Open Studios events in order to monitor the success of the event and provide information to our sponsors.

Become a Member

Please provide details by downloading and filling in the membership form. Details for where to send the form are included in the document. 


Deadline for application is 31st JANUARY 2024.

Membership payments must be received no later than 31st FEBRUARY February 2024. 



Members exhibition submission documents

An Lanntair 2023 Leave No Footprints submission form

Helpful documents

Setting up your studio space

Expectations for member participation

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