New Galleries – Ayrshire- The Coach House Photo Studio

The Coach House Photo Studio at Knock Castle by Largs opened in June with The Photographic Show 1852, showcasing the work of Kevin McGarry, Marc Turner and James McKinley, the three collaborators whose brainchild the new art house is. Dating back to 1852, the building will have a variety of functions, such as artistic away

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Open Studios – Edinburgh – The Coburg House Summer Open Studios

Over 80 artists in 50 studios welcome visitors to the Coburg House Summer Open Studios, where you’ll find a wide range of works, from painting, printmaking, graphic design, landscape design and architecture to weaving, ceramics, fashion and jewellery. Coburg House is one of Edinburgh’s most thriving creative hubs, with residents exhibiting all over the world

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Open Studios – Borders – The Allanbank Mill Steading Open Studio

The Allanbank Mill Steading Open Studio near Duns is a lovely summer experience created by quilt-maker Pauline Burbidge and sculptor Charlie Poulsen. This year’s guest artist is Lizzie Farey whose work recreates natural forms through her use of willow, larch, ash, hazel and other local woods. She will be showing her wall pieces, akin to

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Open Studios – Ayrshire & Arran – Arran Open Studios

What better way to see one of Scotland’s most beautiful (and accessible) islands than a tour of Arran Open Studios. You can visit the 35 participating artists and makers by hopping aboard the Art Bus available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Aug 14-17,

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New Galleries – Edinburgh & Lothians – The Edinburgh Gallery

Business lawyer Peter Sinclair has taken over the Edinburgh Gallery on Dundas Street. The tasteful refurb includes a Venetian marble effect ceiling. Every inch of wall space seems to burst with colour and movement with works by a wide range of artists, including Pat Douthwaite, David Hockney, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Bellany and

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New Galleries – Edinburgh & Lothians – Blackbird Studios

The Morningside area has a new gallery. After twenty years as an art teacher, owner Sheila Angus has turned to full-time art-making and retailing with Blackbird Studios, which specialises in quality, hand-made, affordable art and craft made in Britain, including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, prints and mosaics. There is also a programme of craft workshops.

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New Galleries – Dumfries & Galloway- Cut the Mustard Gallery

Jeweller Lisa Rothwell-Young and photographer husband Barry Young have moved their Cut the Mustard Gallery in Langholm into expanded premises next door with four times more display space to showcase Barry’s photography and Lisa’s jewellery along with a huge range of work by fellow artists, from printmaking, painting, textiles and glass to ceramics, wood, willow,

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Reflections on Chicago

Art has woven itself into the fabric of Chicago. Monumental pieces dominate its downtown plazas, some of its finest civic buildings are filled with it, galleries and art centres have helped transform neighbourhoods and tourists visiting its museums are spreading the news of its growing reputation.

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Lisbon | Affordable Art

In November 2013 Lisbon won the best City Break on a Budget category at London’s World Travel Market, the largest annual convergence of travel industry professionals, the third time the Portuguese capital has taken the accolade in the last five years.

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Venice | Grand Tour

We have Attila the Hun to thank for Venice. When his rampaging hordes entered Italy in the 5th century AD upon the collapse of the Roman Empire, the good citizens of the northeast plain took refuge on a hundred or so flat, marshy islands out in the lagoon at the edge of the Adriatic Sea.

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Paris | Perfect Ten

You’ve shuffled with the hordes through the Louvre, been scandalized by Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du Monde’ in the Musée d’Orsay and toured the Centre Pompidou to the point of exhaustion.

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May 2015 – Namon Gaston

Midlothian-based Namon Gaston designs and makes award-winning furniture for noted international manufacturers and private clients, who are encouraged to visit his workshop and see their piece in progress.

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May 2015 – Araminta Campbell

Scottish textile designer and weaver Araminta Campbell has a collection of tweeds inspired by the Scottish landscape and used to line her range of limited edition handbags in soft Scottish leather.

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May 2015 – Nielanell

Shetland-based Nielanell combine inventive knit with artistic inspiration to create hand-made, limited edition pieces in exclusive colours – with little chance of running into someone wearing the same as you. (Photo: Angus Bremner)

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May 2015 – Moody Monday

Eliza Kesuma of Moody Monday produces hand-printed, contemporary wallpaper, fabrics and homeware for residential and commercial interiors, combining traditional screen-printing methods with hand-drawn illustration and computer-manipulated imagery of modern life.

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May 2015 – Shirley Paris Jewellery

This ‘Adonis’ diamond man’s ring with squared shank and contrasting matt and polished detail by Shirley Paris Jewellery of Larkhall is the result of over 30 years’ experience creating quality, bespoke jewellery for all occasions.

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May 2015 – Edinburgh Fine Furniture

Edinburgh-based furniture maker and restorer Dave McIlloney of Edinburgh Fine Furniture trained at the prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in Gifford, East Lothian. A second generation cabinet-maker, he says: “I love the individuality of wood – how a distinctive pattern or burr can be made into a feature in a unique piece of furniture.

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Since Ireland’s ‘tiger economy’ hit the buffers a few years ago, Dublin’s art world has also suffered. However, this has not dampened the artistic spirit, and Irish artists have continued to produce quality work, resulting in a backlog which galleries are keen to move, often at favourable prices.

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March 2015 – Vinella & Krupa

Edinburgh-based Vinella & Krupa use oil painting and pyrography (a wood burning technique to etch intricate patterns) to give new life to old furniture with Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations, from Gustav Klimt’s ‘Sleeping lady’ or an Edinburgh landscape on tables to scenes from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on a chair. They also teach courses on how to

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March 2015 – Lara Scobie

The dynamic interplay between shape and pattern is explored by Lara Scobie in her hand-built and slip-cast vessels, such as her tilted vases (pictured). Lara marks the surfaces with abstract patterns subtly inspired by plants and nature as well as the work of artists such as Miro and Lucien Day.

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March 2015 – Catherine MacGruer

Highlands-based knitted textile designer Catherine MacGruer has a range of luxury, double-sided wool blankets inspired by mosaics in Barcelona. Entitled Tiles, the collection features bold patterns and brightly coloured designs in Merino wool, one of the softest wools available, naturally anti-allergenic and fire resistant and a breathable fibre which provides warmth without causing overheating. 150x150cm,

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March 2015 – Spectrawax Lighting

Ken Parsons of Borers-based Spectrawax Lighting makes limited edition Tiffany-style lamps and lampshades using a wax and resin laminate he invented himself which has a virtually indefinite life span. Lit by low longlasting fluorescents which use about 80 per cent less energy than conventional bulbs, these ‘antiques of the future’ glow with an abstract, kaleidoscopic

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