The Arran Art Trail has evolved from the huge success of the annual Arran Open Studios weekend, which is now in its sixth year.
The new year round Art trail was launched in April 2017 in order to provide both visitors and local people the opportunity to visit practising artists and craftspeople in their studios and to gain some insight into how creative people work as well as what inspires them.
In addition to this the intention is to assist artists and craftspeople in maintaining a sustainable livelihood.
Arran has a wealth of creative talent, often quite hidden to the public, and through the Arran Art Trail we hope to create an artistic journey through our dramatic landscape with small studio signs directing visitors to undiscovered places with some spectacular views.
The trail includes 18 venues including potters, painters, jewellers, sculptors, wood turners, photographers, textile workers, glass workers and furniture makers as well as venues and galleries exhibiting local artists work all year round.
A printed brochure is available on the ferry, at the Visit Scotland tourist office and other venues around the island. This features a map showing where the studios are situated along with some images and information on artists’ work. You can also view and download the brochure here (it’s a big file, so allow a few seconds for it to load).
Further information about each artist taking part can be found on this site on their artist’s page. Initial participants include Jake Irving, Assja Baumgartner, Ann Hume, Tracy Gibson, Angela Elliott-Walker, Heather MacLeod, Fiona Doubleday & Coral Smith, Ruth Mae, David Samuels, Gail Wooll-Rivers, David & Carol Furze, Roslyn Gibson, Ronnie & Barbara McNeice, Simon Thorburn, Andy Gray, Andy Leese, Ed O’Donnelly & David Kelso. In addition the Arran Art Gallery and the Arran Distillery are both participating in the trail.