Abbeymount Studios Announce Open Studios Weekend This May

On Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May from 12noon – 5pm, Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios will again be opening their doors to the public for another Open Studios weekend.

With over 30 artists and creatives taking part, there is something for everyone covering the disciplines of fine art; painting; ceramics; illustration; animation; mosaic; fashion; textiles and  photography.

Free art, craft and animation demonstrations and workshops will be taking place over the two days, plus a free raffle that will give the chance to win an original piece of art donated by Abbeymount Studios artists.

One of the artists involved is wildlife painter Kirsten Mirrey whose work for the past five years has focussed on both exotic and endangered wildlife in a highly realistic style.  Also taking part is award-winning filmmaker Holly Summerson, who is one of several animators taking part. Her work includes short films, music videos, projections for events, interactive online art and community workshops. The world of textiles and fashion are also covered with the work of ByJenByre who specialises in creating one of a kind reimagined fashion from vintage second hand materials.

The poster for the Open Studios weekend was designed by resident children’s print designer Blythe Mackenzie of Little Yellow Scribbles Scribbles, a children’s textile brand specialising in vibrant, illustrated textile accessories and clothing,  who will also be taking part on the 20th and 21st.

Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studio Manager Bob Guilianotti says “We’re delighted to be opening the doors of Abbeymount to the public again for our Open Studios weekend. There’s an exciting choice of artists and makers to meet as well as the chance to explore this historic building. It’s a chance to meet our resident artists and makers as they demonstrate their work and discuss their inspirations.”

The weekend offers a chance to meet the makers in their creative spaces and browse a wide range of original artworks and gifts, all of which are handmade by local designers and makers in the heart of Edinburgh.

Details of the Open Weekend, as well as a list of participating artists and makers can be found on the Abbeymount Studios website.

Irene Brown

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