Coburg House Christmas Open Studio
The Coburg House Art Studios, 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh
The Coburg House Christmas Open Studios is one of the most exciting events in the Edinburgh art calendar! A rare opportunity to peek into the working environments of over 70 artists, thousands of pieces for sale and opportunities to talk to the artists and craftsmen in residence, it’s not a small event and not one to be missed!
Spread over four floors, each of the artists’ studios is a unique space. The whole building accommodates artists from every medium imaginable, from silversmiths to sculptors and signwriters to graphic design, it is a true mixing pot of artistic inspiration. The open studio day itself is designed to afford the general public an opportunity to observe the creators’ spaces and methods and bring the artists an eager audience for their work.
Occupying a studio on the first floor is Stephen Mangan, an Edinburgh born artist, in a spacious skylit studio. Mangan paints oil on canvas and specialises in gorgeous images of a bygone age, with art-deco overtones evoking vintage travel posters, Mangan, whose work has been exhibited around the world, was more than happy to talk us through his creative process, his upcoming exhibitions and introduce us to his dog! We left filled with excitement for his upcoming projects and we will be watching out for Mangan’s work in the future!
This quick meeting exemplifies what made the open studio such a great event. It is often easy to disconnect the artist from their work, but meeting the artist in their studio surrounded by their work is an experience that we can wholeheartedly recommend.
Other highlights of the open studios included the always excellent work of CP Campbell, whose work caught our eye at the Edinburgh Art Fair last month, the jeweller Donna Barry, whose highly collectible work both large and small was a brilliant surprise in Coburg’s loft space and Pauline Edine, a maker working in porcelain and silver whose studio was an absolute gem and who was more than happy to talk us through the process of her craft!
In all, the Coburg Christmas Open Studios was a resounding success for both the visitors, who numbered in their hundreds, and the artists, who had the unique opportunity to present their work in such a unique way. Though it may be over for this year, we are already counting down the days until next year!