Wonderful scenery and open studios …

(Press Release:  17th June 2019)

The East Neuk’s artists are busy getting ready to welcome visitors to their Open Studios over the next two weekends (22nd/23rd June and 29th/30th June). Busy putting finishing touches to their artworks, and in many cases, busy transforming their studios and houses into galleries and exhibition spaces.

“There’s always a lot to do,” said Louise Stocker of East Neuk Beach Crafts. “It’s a major event in our art calendar. Artists have spent the last few months creating new artworks, and as the Open Studios approach, they are busy working out how they will best display their art. Some have permanent galleries or studios that can be used, while others need to transform rooms in their houses especially for the event.”

The trail of Open Studios is detailed in maps in the ENOS brochure, with additional directions to each studio on the ENOS website (www.eastneukopenstudios.org). It runs through the picturesque fishing villages of Crail, Cellardyke, Anstruther, Pittenweem, and St Monans, taking in the surrounding swathe of beautiful Fife countryside, with venues in Ardross (upstairs at the farm shop), Colinsburgh, Kilconquhar,  Lower Largo and Comielaw (near to Kellie Castle). Participating artists also display red balloons and ENOS signs to help you find them.

Among those transforming their houses is wildlife and landscape photographer Dave Smith.
“My studio is the great outdoors, with wonderful scenery and great opportunities for wildlife photography on my doorstep. Literally, since I’m on the coastal path, looking out on the Bass Rock and Isle of May. So when it comes to the Open Studios weekends, the walls of my kitchen and front room have to become my gallery … ”

Whatever the venue – farm shop loft, studio, formal gallery or kitchen – visitors can be assured of a warm welcome. The artists of the East Neuk are eagerly awaiting your visit.

Variety is the Spice of Art

(Press Release, 11th June 2019)

“Variety is the spice of life, and also, this year’s East Neuk Open Studios. There’s a lot on offer, with something to suit every taste,” says ENOS Secretary Sheila Caldwell.

“We are serving up a rich mixture of arts and crafts created by forty-eight talented local artists from the East Neuk of Fife. The forty venues are artists’ studios and homes, where you are invited to sample their art and speak to them about their work.”

This year’s ENOS weekends Open Studios weekends (22nd/23rd June and 29th/30th June) feature a wide range of arts, crafts and techniques, including:

  • an amazing array of drawings and paintings that have been created using watercolours, oils, acrylics, wax and other media, sometimes combined with materials such as marble dust or layered collages to create depth-giving textures;
  • hand-printed fabrics and designs made using Japanese gyotaku (fish rubbing prints);
  • pottery fired in a pit in the grounds of the Cambo estate;
  • photographic art and digital imagery;
  • needle felted animals and cross-stitched designs made with hand-dyed thread;
  • ornaments, paintings and jewellery made from driftwood and objects found by beachcombing artists;
  • jewellery and small vessels in bronze, copper, iron and silver, cast in beach sand …

The ENOS trail includes venues in Anstruther, Ardross, Cellardyke, Crail, Colinsburgh, Kilconquhar, Lower Largo, Pittenweem, and St Monans. Maps and directions are available in a brochure and on the ENOS website – www.eastneukopenstudios.org – and participating artists also place red balloons and ENOS signs to help you find them.

Open Studios 2019

(Press Release 3rd June)

ENOS artists on Anster beach
  • Photograph: East Neuk artists gathered this morning on the beach at Anstruther to launch their 2019 Open Studios programme.
  • The season begins with two Open Studios weekends, on 22nd/23rd June and 29th/30th June.
  • The weekends include 48 artists exhibiting their work at 40 venues in the East Neuk of Fife.
  • Details are now available online and as a brochure from outlets in the East Neuk villages.

East Neuk Open Studios (ENOS) is an art trail featuring talented artists, designers and makers who live and work in the villages of the East Neuk. For two weekends at the end of June, they throw open their studio doors to welcome visitors and to demonstrate and talk about their work.

The list of participants includes several well-known artists who have exhibited internationally, as well as those with an eye on future fame. Artists are delighted to chat and answer questions, and there’s always an exciting range of paintings, textiles, prints, jewellery, illustrations, cards, photographs, metalwork and stained glass available to view and to buy.

“The golden beaches, birdlife, terracotta roofs, cobbled streets and the many colourful wee harbours are my main inspiration for painting at the moment,” said Crail artist Philippa Mitchell.

“I have participated in three East Neuk Open Studios and really enjoy showing my art to interested visitors from all over, who treat it like a treasure trail following our red balloons and handy map from studio to studio – each artist with a unique style in a different house, shed, hall or home.”

The ENOS trail stretches from Lower Largo to Crail, via Colinsburgh, Kilconquhar, St Monans, Pittenweem, Ardross, Kellie, and Cellardyke. The studios are all listed in a printed directory and online on the ENOS website – www.eastneukopenstudios.org – which has full details about directions, parking and special events; and when you are touring, you can also look out for the red balloons and ENOS signs that will highlight each artist’s Open Studio.

4 weeks to go

Looking for inspiration?

east neuk open studios
Sat & Sun 22/23 & 29/30 June 

inspired art in an inspirational setting

It’s just four weeks until the first Open Studios weekend. We hope you already have the date in your diary, but if not, there’s no time like the present … you’ll be assured of a warm welcome by our artists as you tour their studios in the villages of the East Neuk of Fife.

Over the next four weeks we will be featuring each of the ENOS artists on our social media pages, so please follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.

You can also see all the artists and examples of their work on this website – just click on the Directory link at the top of the page.

Most artists are also in the brochure which is widely available in the East Neuk and downloadable via the Brochure link above.

Get Ready …

Here come the Open Studios weekends …

The brochures, posters, signs and leaflets are printed, the website is updated, and the red balloons are ready for collection.

East Neuk artists are busy, getting ready for next month’s Open Studios, preparing their new displays, designs and artworks for you to view and buy.

If you haven’t already, make sure the dates are in you diary. The last two weekends in June – 22nd/23rd and 29th/30th. We are looking forward to your visit.

35 artists … the ENOS winter exhibition

35 Artists …

24th and 25th November …

10.30am until 4.30pm …

St Monans Town Hall …

… The ENOS Winter Showcase Exhibition

Winter Showcase Exhibition

  • 35 East Neuk artists exhibiting and selling their work in St Monans Town Hall

  • 24th & 25th November

  • 10.30am – 4.30pm

  • Free Entry, with Spiced Drinks and Mince Pies

  • Just a month to go – please share to let everyone know!