Kirrie at the centre of open studios event

Some of the artists taking part in this year's Angus Open Studios.

Some of the artists taking part in this year's Angus Open Studios.

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Artists from the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are getting ready to open their doors to the public once again for the Angus Open Studios event.

Now in its fifth year, AOS provides a wonderful opportunity to visit artists and craftsmen in their studios throughout Angus, meet the makers as well as the chance for viewers to commission their own unique artwork.

Kirriemuir is set to be the focal point of this year’s event. No fewer than 15 artists and craftspeople in the town are throwing open the doors to their studios and workshops to the give the public a behind the scenes look at their work.

Jonathan Mitchell of Angus Open Studios said: “With so many venues clustered into such a relatively small town, we hope that people doing the wider AOS trail will be encouraged to make a day of it in Kirriemuir itself.

“Between the 15 of us there will be a great diversity of work on display; everything from paintings and digital artworks to jewellery, glassware and even hats.”

AOS is an association of artists, craftsmen, and designer-makers in and around Angus. Angus Open Studios is their showcase event which takes place each year in May when they open their studios to the public.

This is designed to put Angus artists and its artisans more clearly on the artistic map of Scotland and give an insight into what they do.

The free guide to the contributing artists and their venues is widely available in cafes, shops and businesses around Kirriemuir and outlets across the county.

The event runs from today (Thursday) to Monday, May 18 and the venues will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Further details can be found online at www.angusopenstudios.com from where directories, artists’ details and this year’s map and venue guide can also be downloaded.