A weekend of colour, creativity and design awaits visitors to the fifth annual Isle of Bute Artists’ Collective (IBAC) Open Studios Trail.
IBAC was established in 2007 in response to the need for a supportive network for the island’s artists and craftspeople. That group has grown considerably since then, and now boasts artists from all backgrounds, including woodworkers, painters, candlemakers, sculptors, glass workers, and jewellers.
The first open studio trail was held in 2012, with island artists opening their doors to the public to see their creations first-hand, with the opportunity to meet the person behind the work.
This year’s open studio trail - held from 10am to 5pm on July 23-24 - includes textile artist Lou Stafford, Maria Rowan who works in stained glass and textiles, jeweller Pat Chandler, painter Michael Gahagan, and mixed media artist Yennie van Oostende, among others.
Chairs of IBAC, Ray Beverley and Ruth Slater, said: “The Bute Studio Trail will take you on a circular tour of the island allowing you to appreciate the glorious scenery which surrounds us.
“You will visit a variety of workplaces, from a beautiful purpose-built artist’s studio to a small work bench tucked into the corner of a living room. In addition to being able to look at their work you will meet the artists and craftspeople and, in some studios, watch them in action.
We hope that you will go home inspired by what you have seen and experienced on our beautiful island would welcome any feedback from you.
“IBAC thanks our generous sponsors The Mount Stuart Trust, Towards Zero Carbon Bute, The Bike Shed, and private individuals who support the Bute Studio Trail.”
For more information about this year’s Open Studio Trail, visit www.butestudiotrail.com.
Alternatively, pop into 77 Victoria Street to collect your Open Studio Trail map which contains more information about each of the exhibiting members, and where you can find them.