Red dot map showcases best of Argyll artists

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Artists across Argyll are opening their studios later this month putting their creativity on the map.

Artmap Argyll showcasing some of the area’s best artists and crafts people is now in its 11th year and runs from Friday August 24 to Monday August 27 with a second weekend, for the first time, from Saturday September 1 to Sunday September 2.

The quirky artmap features 39 artists and venues stretching on a route marked by red dots from Glencoe in the north to Campbeltown at the foot of Kintyre Peninsular in the south.

Weaving, printmaking, design, sculpting, textile and glass artists and woodworking are just a taster of what to expect as ‘the list is endless’, said Bellanoch designer Karen Beauchamp from the Argyll Artmap project who added ‘a surprise waits around every corner’ on the beautiful tour of the Red Dots that signpost each studio on the map, taking visitors off the main road.

The tour offers locations from artists’ own homes to bothies, galleries, four-star hotels, cafes, restaurants and a museum shop.

Oban has two and Taynuilt has four open studios on the trail, including one at the Aird’s Bay home of mixed media sculpter Lucy Gray. Lucy originally trained in furniture restoration and is a specialist master gilder and lacquer restorer, who turned her focus to sculpting in 2012. Visitors can expect shells, birds and an interactive forest symphony of notes to play with and make their own structural compositions.

Minutes away from Lucy is artist and self-named ‘Finder’ Fiona Macrae in Glen Lonan.  Her paintings and pieces, including boats from found wood and other objects, come from a lifetime of beach combing throughout the Hebrides and beyond.

‘Because of where we are, off the beaten track in Argyll, our artmap visitors have to come and seek us out which is great. It’s really appreciated that they make the effort,’ said Fiona.

This year the Dochas Gallery in Lochgilphead is also displaying the work of  20 associate members with ceramics, basketmaking, architectural glass,
fashion design and felting, jewellery, illustration, digital interactive media and 3D design.

To find out more and plan your route go to

Anyone who collects eight red dots while touring the map will get entered into a £200 prize draw to buy work of any Artmap Argyll artist of their choice.