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Virtual Hub developments – HIE Digital Tourism Pilot

Artmap have been successful in their bid to take part in a new pilot initiative by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to improve our Digital Tourism impact and online presence.

This is the space where you will hopefully see the biggest improvement and we hope to make our virtual hub as intriguing and inspiring as our Artist’s studios.

Times move quickly and we are always keen at Artmap to communicate what we have going on in the creative industries across this unique and challenging landscape.

Hold on tight and stick with us because we could be in for a bumpy ride…………….

Development Update

For news about our Investing in Ideas development project follow the link here Newsletter Dec 2014

Development Opportunity

Artmap Argyll is an exciting artists’ led organisation that is best known for the popular Red Dot Studio Trail and Annual Directory, now in its 8th year.

We also deliver a range of community based art projects and creative activities at events & festivals. In 2014 we registered as a Company Ltd by Guarantee and set up as a Social Enterprise.

Our vision is that Argyll is recognised nationally as a vibrant creative hub rooted in the environment, with a culture for active participation and sharing skills.

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to lead us in our development. The position is on a part-time self-employed basis for a period of 10 months and the successful candidate will have the energy and skills to help deliver our vision.


The Artmap vision is led by the creative team of artists and supported by a board.


Activities will include:

  • Research, development and execution of a Marketing Plan.
  • Identifying and executing a Funding Plan that leads to an increase in our income-generating program of projects.
  • Expanding our network of existing partnerships with agencies and community groups involved in the creative industries, the natural environment and with health & wellbeing.


In the first instance applicants should send a short CV and statement explaining what they can bring to the role. Deadline 24th Oct.


Successful applicants will then be invited for interview and to make a proposal for how they would develop and expand our creative products & services. Interviews will take place during week 3-8th Nov


£8,000 + £2,000 expenses 10 months 3-6 days per month


For an information pack send your details to or download directly on Google docs





New Banners for Ardrishaig

Artmap Argyll’s Colouring Ardrishaig initiative has come to a colourful conclusion with 16 vivid banners displayed along the A83 in the village. The banners, inspired by the art workshops that have been taking place in the community over the last two years were printed and especially put on display to tie in with the Loch Fyne Viking Festival Raid in the village on 26 June 2014.
The project has been generously supported by Ardrishaig Community Trust’s ACTion fund, HeART of Argyll / Creative Scotland, Artmap, Argyll & Bute Council and Scottish Canals.

The banners, which will be a lasting legacy from the heARTofARGYLL initiative that began in the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, were commissioned following an Artmap competition which was won by local artist Becca Barnett. Becca was born and bred in Lochgilphead, and used to work on the Crinan Canal as a seasonal lock keeper. Her father’s side of the family are all from Ardrishaig, and she also has a very close connection to Crinan, and the VIC 32, having worked as crew member on her week long summer jaunts through the Canal and surrounding west coast.
Becca commented “My heart is in Argyll, and always has been. After graduating with my degree from Dundee Art School, I decided to come back and put my roots down, living and working from my coastal home producing mainly Limited Edition Woodcut Prints, and freelancing as a Graphic Designer. With this knowledge of, and upbringing on the west, the banner design project really appealed to me – I jumped at the chance to get involved.”

She explained “My vision for the banners was to mix the old with the new, to illustrate the romance and heritage of the area they’re representing. I’ve used a collage of vintage photographs, nautical imagery, and key elements which represent the rich diversity of colour and wildlife that spans from Ardrishaig to Crinan on ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’. She added “I wanted to highlight just how pretty and special this place is, with respect and sympathy to my surrounding home environment – something that locals can relate to, and will also encourage visitors to explore further.”
Lesley Burr from Artmap played a key role in setting up the Colouring Ardrishaig initiative then coordinating the art installations in the village. The project started with the Blue Dot Shop offering art workshops including the production of new tile mosaics of grey gulls which were then installed on the public toilet walls. In February 2014 further Green Dot workshops took place in Pier Square which inspired the banners project.

New Map Flyers & Posters for Open Studios No7

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Look out for our brand new hot of the press folded map flyers and our stylish new posters.

Argyll Youth Art Hubs win £400,000

Comar will work in partnership with youth and arts providers to deliver the Youth Arts Hub for Argyll and Bute. The Hub will work towards a ten year vision for the sector to make Argyll and Bute an inspirational place for young peoples’ engagement with the arts, where their lives are shaped by cultural experience, and where their own contribution and participation in artistic endeavours positively influence communities throughout the area.


Youth Arts Hub partners for this area include Cove Park, Dunoon Burgh Halls, Artmap Argyll, ArtsQwest, The Touring Network, Argyll College, Argyll and Bute Council and CNTV.

Prize Draw Winners Announced


Artmap Argyll are delighted to announce that the 2014 Prize Draw Winners are as follows:

£200 Prize to spend in a studio of her choice has been won by Sandra Wilson from Tayvallich. Sandra said “What a lovely surprise this was. Look forward to a new piece of art.”

Zoe Roberts from Cheshire said “I’m delighted thank you” when her name was pulled out of the hat to win an original work by Artmap Chair Sian MacQueen RSW.

The winners were drawn at the recent post Open Studio event “Social” where members shared their experiences of this years main event over a delicious supper and glass of wine hosted by artist member Karen Beauchamp at her inspirational home in Whitehouse, Tarbert.

All of this years feedback and evaluation information had been collated and members were delighted to hear that both sales and visitor numbers rose in 2013. Over 800 visitors took part in this years event and spent around £70,000 on original artwork over the weekend with 100% of visitors rating the success of the event 8 or more out of 10.

Feedback showed that 13% of visitors had also taken part in one of Artmap’s “HeART of Argyll” activities at events & festivals across Argyll during the summer including Weaving, Dot painting, Glass engraving, Stone Carving, Charcoal drawing, Mosaics and Microwave Glass fusing at Best of the West Festival Inveraray, Tarbert Harbour Centenary Celebrations, Ardrishaig Gala day or Crinan Canal Water Festival.

Artmap Chair Sian said “It has been the best event yet, added to the response we have had at all the festivals this year it has been a truly great year. My favourite comment from our visitors has to be when asked what she enjoyed most she wrote it was the “Infectious enthusiasm of the artists” which I think really sums up how this years event felt for artists and visitors alike.”

Contributing to the “Infectious enthusiasm” was this years hugely successful facebook campaign which intrigued “likers” with images of quirky red dot signs created out of all sorts of materials, adorning roadsides and junctions across Argyll. The facebook campaign also kept visitors up to speed on what could be found at all the venues with images of the studios, what the views out of studio windows looked like and even an artists pets album. The official Artmap Argyll facebook page reached the 500 likers benchmark over the weekend with its most popular post tipping the scale at over 2,000 views which can be found and liked at

Thank you to everyone who took part and watch this space for our next event!




Win original art!

Loyalty Card Prize Draw

Collect red dot stickers from five participating artist studios during Artmap Argyll’s Open Studio weekend 23-26 August 2013 to enter a prize draw for an original work by Sian MacQueen RSW or a £200  voucher to spend in the studio of your choice.  Terms & conditions can be found here.

Creative dates for your diary……..this weekend!


Ardrishaig Gala day Sat 27th July 12.30 – 3.30
with Rob Walker & Rebecca Barnett doing some printing on slates and stencilling on tote bags. We will also have a display of work made at the Blue Dot and be launching the new blog for that project.

Crinan Canal Water Festival Sun 28th July 11.30 – 4.30
with Margaret Ker, Lesley Burr and Wilma MacKenzie doing Charcoal Drawing, Mosaics and Glass engraving.

Tarbert Centenery 17th Aug (times to be confirmed)
with Jane Walker, Kirsty Brady, Sian MacQueen, Lesley Burr, Wilma Mackenzie doing Lanterns, Dot painting, Mosaics (to be confirmed) and Glass Engraving.

We also have a total of 9 Artists at BOWFEST on the 14th & 15th Sep – details to follow


Download Studio directory No.6

Printed copies of the new studio directory are available to purchase for £2 through paypal by clicking the Order button at the top of your screen – or if you prefer to view on screen and print your own copy follow this link to download a pdf through google docs.cover image