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Central Scotland’s Open Studios & Art Event


UPDATE: Plans for 2021 Event
There are many changes to our 2021 event, with a newly styled approach designed in response to current times. Instead of our regular 9-day event, a one 2-day weekend open studios event is organised for 10th/11th July with substantially reduced participation fees. Alongside, a series of outdoor commissions as part of our ‘ArtCycle’ project will take place during July. 

We encourage artists, art organisations, or galleries to open up their studios, gardens or outdoor spaces for the FVAB Weekend and be included on our newly formatted printed map. Deadline to apply 31 March.
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ABOUT Forth Valley Art Beat:

Artists & organisations across Central Scotland host a variety of events from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, pop-shows, performance, exhibitions in galleries and community spaces during our annual event.

FVAB first began in 2010 as Forth Valley Open Studios, with it later forming as Forth Valley Art Beat to encompass its full range of activity. The event continues to be one of the largest cultural events celebrating creativity across the Forth Valley.

The usual nine day event is organised around 4 coloured routes with a numbering system and maps.  Over 100 participating artists in over 50 venues often take part each year.  Our free event brochures are displayed throughout the area along side additional promotional materials.    A mobile friendly website, IPhone, IPad & Android applications were launched in 2013 and continue to be updated each year.

Five visitor highlights:

  • Diversity/Variety of art work
  • Discovering new artists
  • Visiting studio’s & talking to artists
  • Buying art
  • Learning from artists

We asked visitors to answer questions regarding the effects FVAB has on the community. A massive 91.5% of Forth Valley respondents said that they did feel proud about the Forth Valley area, this demonstrates a positive influence from FVOS. Almost three quarters of respondents agreed that FVOS made them feel like part of the community while 96.4% of all survey respondents felt that FVOS had increased their knowledge of art in the Forth Valley area. Comments included; “artists working in the local area enriched the life of those living in the community”.

In 2021 we are seeking to encourage greater sustainable travel around the different venues of the event, and will be redesigning our maps showing cycling routes, with these forming a printed fold-up map rather than a brochure.

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