Central Scotland’s Open Studios & Art Event
We’re disappointed not to have been able to host our 2020 event this year due to Covid-19. However, we very much look forward to being back in 2021, with the event open from 12 to 20 June. Our 2021 event presents an exciting opportunity to further develop and strengthen the event, building on our 10 year history, and also through producing an ‘ArtCycle’ project supported by funding recently secured from the National Lottery Community Fund.
The ‘ArtCycle’ project will introduce a participatory outdoor art commission, the integration of mapped cycling routes brought to the event, and the redesigning of detailed route maps with sustainable travel in mind.
Applications will be open from Dec 2020 for artists interested in opening up their homes, galleries, studios as part of the 2021 FVAB.
Artists & organisations across Central Scotland hosting a variety of events from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, pop-shows, performance, exhibitions in galleries and community spaces.
Forth Valley Open Studios began in 2010 and is one of the biggest cultural events in the Forth Valley.
The nine day event is organised around 4 coloured routes with a numbering system and maps. Over 100 participating artists in over 50 venues 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.
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 FVOS 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”.