I am taking part in North East Open Studios again this year. It will be the third time I have done so. It does what it says on the tin - artists and makers in the northeast of Scotland open their studios/galleries/work-spaces to the public. There are over 300 participants this year, with venues from Banff to Johnshaven, and Finzean to the centre of Aberdeen city. You can see a wealth of talent in a range of disciplines, from textiles to ceramics, painting to photography and glass work to jewellery. Most places will have work for sale; some may provide teas and coffees and there are even demonstrations of how work is made.
This year, for the first time in its ten year history, the Open Studios event is taking place over three weeks, from 7th-29th September, with the northeast of Scotland being split into 3 areas, North, Central and City & South, with each area being open for a week (with overlapping weekends, so no-one misses out on anything).
Future blog posts will be about my preparations for the event, which starts two weeks today. And about the event itself, once it is underway. I love getting the chance to go and see what other artists and makers have been busy creating. You may find, after such visits, that you too are inspired to be more creative!
In the meantime, here is a link to the online catalogue; there is also a paper version, which is a year-round directory to artists and makers in the area. So now you can start planning where to visit.