Open Studios Festival
Back by popular demand! But different. The key focus will be “Meet the Maker”, encouraging people to come into contact with artists directly and to see Perthshire at the same time.
Promotional materials will be produced (bunting, banners, signage, marketing toolkit, etc.), and art and craft fairs can be advertised in the brochure and on the website, but there will be greater clarity on the distinction between ‘open studios’ and ‘arts and craft fairs’. Changes include:
- All participants must be paid up annual members of POS.
- To be included in the Festival, participants must either be opening their studio, or sharing a space with others and holding “meet the maker” or creativity workshops. Other ideas such as shop window displays, and artists working in another environment are welcomed as well.
- Participants will need to make the decision to be included much earlier so that they can be included in the Creative Trail and Festival publications.
- The Festival may be held on two long weekends (3–4 days) a year – possibly in early summer and/or in autumn.
- All listings must be for individuals. Joint groups will be charged per individual artist, as everyone benefits from the Festival promotion.
- It will be possible to participate in any combination of Festival and Creative Trail, with the website carrying the most up-to-date information for visitors to either event.
- Exhibitions, such as at The Bield and Birnam Arts, will be split (or duplicated) in some way across the two Festival weekends.
- Rather than prescriptive ‘routes’, the Festival will take place across five ‘areas’ with local coordinators working to promote the Festival.