Join the dots on Argyll’s Artmap

Textile artist Deborah Gray at The Rockfield Centre's new dye garden

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Friday sees the start of this year’s Artmap trail, with artists across Argyll opening their studios to visitors who follow the red dots.

Now in its 13th year, there are 30 artists and locations open to visitors over two weekends – Friday August 21 to Monday August 24, then the following weekend, both from 10am to 5pm, although visitors are advised to ring ahead to check openings for the last two days.

Leonie Charlton and Lucy Gray are collaborating on a project for this year’s Argyll Artmap.

Because of Covid, each space will have its own guidance in place from one-way systems to limits on numbers and visitors are asked to respect those rules to help keep everyone safe.

Four Oban artists will be exhibiting work at The Rockfield Centre. Val Hamilton (mixed media), Ira Theobold (painting and drawing), Sheila Quillin (wood sculpture) and Deborah Gray (textiles and natural dyeing). There will also be a display about the EcoCreative Cluster project, with visits to the new dye garden at Rockfield. On Sunday August 22, there will be a demonstration of dyeing with Woad.

The exhibition will be open from 10am-4pm each day, with later opening on August 23. The Rockfield Centre is venue number 6 on the Artmap trail.

Oban’s Rockfield Centre is also showing selected works from a collaborative project with writer Leone Charlton for the first time. Watershed is a conversation between sculpture and poetry inspired by landscape, exploring the exciting edges where the disciplines meet, according to Leone.

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