Making local art more accessible

Angus Open Studios held a meeting for artists in the Old and Abbey Church Hall on Tuesday evening. The group were pictured just before the meeting started.
Angus Open Studios held a meeting for artists in the Old and Abbey Church Hall on Tuesday evening. The group were pictured just before the meeting started.

Angus artists met in Arbroath earlier this week to review the success of an annual arts festival which gave the public an insight into the art world.

Artists from Monifieth to Montrose, Arbroath to Forfar and everywhere in between gathered at the Old and Abbey Church, Arbroath, to discuss the Angus Open Studios event which ran from May 23 to 27.

The event saw 57 artists, craftspeople and designers welcome visitors into their studios and exhibition spaces .

Accessibility to the artists themselves allowed the public to meet the artists and to discuss their work, inspirations and to browse and buy from their collections.

A spokesperson for Angus Open Studios said: “Feedback from both exhibitors and visitors has been very positive, with both elements enjoying the experience.

“Comments were made about the diversity of talent on show, not just painting but pottery, sculpture, glasswork, jewellery making and much more.”

There also appear to be economic benefits for the community as a result of the Angus Open Studios .

The spokesperson explained: “Visitors came from near and far, many taking more than one day to go round various venues.

“Some came specifically for AOS and stayed in the area, showing that AOS is not just good for the artists involved but must benefit the local economy with use of cafes, restaurants and bed and breakfast accommodation.”

This year one of the founding members of Angus Open Studios, Fran Marquis, will step down from her position as chair and that mantle will be taken on by Carnoustie artists and print-maker Jan Brown.

In November a number of the member artists will open their studios to provide visitors with an opportunity to purchase that unique Christmas gift.

Many of the studios which took part in this year’s Angus Open Studios can be visited by appointment and full details of future events and artists can be found at www.angusopenstudios.com