ARTISTS in Carrick will be among those welcoming the public into their creative circle in an open weekend event.
Crafty folk in town and villages including Girvan, Maybole, Barr, Pinmore, and Kirkmichael are to open their doors this Friday-Sunday as part of Open Studios Ayrshire – a brand new art-focussed event inviting members of the public to visit local artists on their own turf.
Visitors will have their opportunity to meet the artists, view their working practices, purchase or commission pieces, or even arrange a tutorial, and founder Irene Walker said it is something that both artists and art fans will enjoy.
“The aim is to give artists a platform to show their work and to create a good atmosphere for the public to come and talk about it,” she said.
“It is not just about selling art; it’s about sharing the whole business of being an artist. It’s a very different experience.”
And for the former Girvan Academy teacher, getting Carrick involved was a fundamental part of the project.
“I was really keen to get at least as far as Girvan, she said.“
This year the organisation has been a really short, sharp, quick thing. But hopefully next year we will get even more artists from Carrick to come in and share their work.”
Barr sculptor Alasdair Currie and his photographer wife Andrea Jones will be taking part in this weekend’s events in a bid to boost the creative profile of their home county.
“There are lots of very talented people here – and not only artists – but they seem to keep very quiet,” Alasdair said. “Other parts of the UK crow about what they have got but Ayrshire doesn’t seem to yet, or not enough.
“We feel we should be supporting things like this because it will get Ayrshire noticed, and there are a lot of good things happening here.”
Kirkmichael’s Alan Lees, whose Scottish artworks – including his famous sculpture of Tam O’Shanter’s horse, previously on display at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and now at Heads of Ayr Farm Park – agreed.
“We will welcome anyone who is interested in artwork, and welcome them to this village,” he said. “The whole visit to Kirkmichael will be a pleasant experience.”
To find out more about Open Studios Ayrshire visit the event website.