Not long to go now. Just over two weeks until our annual Open Studios Weekend at the Courtyard Studios. It’s amazing how fast it has come around again and I’m already starting to try and work out exactly what work I’m going to display …… and work out how many days I’ll need to get the studio tidy, cleaned and ready for the event. In the past it’s taken me anything from a leisurely 5 days down to a mad rush of 2 days! I expect with all the work I have on right now that it’ll be the latter again this year!
This, I think, will be the 13th year of the Open Weekend and I’ve taken part in all but the first one. I actually moved into my studio a couple of weeks before the event in 2003 and had the very different problem of finding enough work to fill the walls! Now, the studio is pretty full and I’ll have the problem of where to hide all the stuff not hanging. Oh well, it’s always a good excuse to have a clear out once a year.
This year, for almost the first time I think, everyone is taking part and so it’ll be a great chance for visitors to see inside all the studios and to see the great variety of work that is done here at the Courtyard. There are 17 artists working here producing paintings, drawings, prints, photography, installations, ceramics, music, hand bookbinding and jewellery and although visitors are welcome to the studios all year round, this annual Open Studios Weekend is the best opportunity to catch us all open at the same time. So then, do make a date in your diary and come down and see us:
Courtyard Studios Open Weekend
Saturday 3rd / Sunday 4th October 2015
Open: Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 12 noon – 5pm
All welcome, entry free
Courtyard Studios, 128 Harbour St, Irvine, KA12 8PZ
A group exhibition by artists working at the Courtyard Studios celebrating 21 years of creative practise at the studios on Irvine’s historic harbour side.
Harbour Arts Centre
114 -116 Harbour St, Irvine, KA12 8PZ
Friday 2nd October – Friday 23rd October
Yes, that’s right, the Courtyard Studios have actually been in existence for 21 years and some of the artists have been here almost from the start. To celebrate, we are holding a group exhibition at the neighbouring Harbour Arts Centre to coincide with the Open studios Weekend. The exhibition will preview on the evening of Friday 2nd October 2015 and will run for three weeks. During the Open Weekend several of the Courtyard artists will be running workshops or talks at the HAC. So then, it should be a great weekend with lots to see and do and with plenty of great places close by to get food and refreshments, make Irvine Harbour side your place to visit on the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015.