NO fewer than 84 artists, designers and craftspeople throughout north Fife will be opening their workspaces to the public during this year’s Open Studios event.
Working with everything from from paint and charcoal to wood and stone, the participants will be opening their studios for three days in early May to give people a glimpse of their methods and find out about the inspiration behind their work.
Many of the studios are tucked away in some of north Fife’s prettiest locations, making the event something of a magical mystery tour, but they are all well signposted. Many of the studios are also in clusters, so they’re only minutes apart.
The rural hamlets of Giffordtown, Collessie, Monimail, Letham and Kinloch are especially popular with artists, and visitors on the studio trail will find a sizeable cluster here specialising in a wide range of creative techniques, including tapestry, pottery, and print-making.
Studios are situated from Gateside to St Andrews and from Newport to Leslie, confirming the area’s reputation as a hub of creativity.
There are a dozen studios in Auchtermuchty alone, as well as 10 in Newburgh and a further 14 in Cupar and surrounding villages of Craigrothie, Chance Inn, Ceres and Dairsie. Ladybank too, is particularly rich in creative talent.
Open Studios 2012 features many new participants, some at the beginning of their artistic careers and others already well-known names.
From traditional watercolourists to jewellery designers, felt makers, wood turners and even a blacksmith, the range of creativity on show is as varied as it is inspiring.
As well as being able to see the artists and craftspeople at work in their own environment, visitors will also be able to buy or commission their work.
Open Studios North Fife is being held for the seventh time this year and once again a comprehensive guide to all the participants is available together with maps and directions.
Every venue has been numbered and will display a white signboard with their number corresponding to their studio in the brochure.
All studios are open for three days, from May 5-7, and some are open again over the weekend of May 12 and 13.
n For full information and a free brochure, visit www.openstudiosfife.co.uk