Central Scotland’s Open Studios & Art Event
Artists & organisations across Central Scotland hosting a variety of events from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, pop-shows, film, 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 140 participating artists in over 80 venues take part each year. 15,000 full colour A5 brochures are printed displayed throughout the area along side additional promotional materials. The event website receives over 25,000 visits each year. 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”.