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About OSA: ( Click the plus sign to open )
Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) is a non-profit artist led organisation which aims to promote artists/makers in Ayrshire who have a quality product and working expertise to share, by providing the opportunity to display their skills to the general public with ease and minimal financial outlay.
This annual art event was launched by a group of Ayrshire artists in 2013,inspired by the success of Dumfries and Galloway’s Spring Fling, they were
determined to offer a similar platform to the many talented artisans of Ayrshire.
OSA gives artists support in showing their work within the local community and in turn provides the public with the benefit of meeting the artists in
person and often in the setting of their studio or workshop.
OSA is organised by a committee of volunteer members being; Julie H Winter (Chairperson), Patricia Candlish (Members Secretary), Jenny Brown (Secretary), Susan Leishman (Treasurer), Elspeth Guthrie, Erin Tulloch, George Lockhart full committee members
Co-opted committee members also include; Julie Boswell (Disability Issues), Jane Robertson, Sarah Green, Sandra Ratcliffe, Shane Kelly (Website Development), Doug McNicol (Accountant).
The first event in March 2013 was supported by 36 local artists and despite the inclement weather, attracted 2,800 visitors who enjoyed free access to all the venues and bought over 500 pieces of locally produced artworks. The initial success was due in no small part to the generous support of South Ayrshire Council in promoting the event and providing venues. Each year more artists have joined OSA to make it a vibrant community of self supporting artists. Many thanks to Irene Walker for her three years in service as Chair, through her hard work OSA is now well and truly established as an annual event that attracts over 9,000 visitors a year!
The OSA Constitution
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What to expect from OSA: ( Click the plus sign to open )
If selected you will be part of a group of exhibiting artists with a turn-over of at least £45k last year during the third Open Studios Ayrshire.
As part of OSA you are encouraged to exhibit a piece of artwork in Rozelle House as part of a showcase exhibition in January.
All of our artists meet in January at The Maclaurin Gallery.
All of our artists are required to attend The OSA Launch in March at a venue to be arranged. This is where you will receive promotional materials and interact with the public, helping them plan their art trail. There may also be further opportunities to exhibit here.
If you don’t have a studio we have several spaces which can be applied for, however these incur a shared cost between yourself and other participating artists and some may charge a percentage commission. Footfall at our agreed shared venues can be huge, for example ‘The Robertson Room’ at The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum had over 500 visitors last year.
Many of our artists sell very well from their own studio and benefit from return visitors throughout the year. Two artists will have the opportunity to exhibit for a month at Many Thanks in Mauchline.
We will select a few artists, who are less established to benefit from the support of a small OSA artist network.
Some of our artists have exhibited for three years and have a wealth of knowledge to share and help your practice grow.
We are also supported by local council too, who run a trail bus to rural venues!
What OSA expects from its members: ( Click the plus sign to open )
OSA is run by volunteers, who need you to respond quickly in order to ensure events are organised smoothly.
We would appreciate posts about OSA sent via Facebook being shared with your network. If we all do this the response can be huge.
Please draw attention to our website as this showcases your work and the level of artistic ability within the group you belong to and have been selected to join.
Please select really good quality photos of the images you want to use to promote yourself. Many works shown in the brochure and website sell very well! If sold, don’t forget to offer new images for the following year!
Attract prospective customers to your venue with good quality, easily read signs and blue balloons to direct the public to your venues.
Banners are handed out at the launch, hang them at least a week before the OSA Event. They need to be returned after the event or charges apply.
Brochures are high quality and need distributing to interested parties. Please engage the public in conversation about OSA before handing the brochures out.
We are looking for sponsorship from local businesses, so forward your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not try to acquire a venue on behalf of OSA, please talk to the Committee/ Chair via email@example.com about any venue suggestions.