Follow the red dots to Argyll’s best art

Arthur Ker and Grace Carroll take a look this year's new Artmap brochure exhibiting Argyll artists.
Arthur Ker and Grace Carroll take a look this year's new Artmap brochure exhibiting Argyll artists.

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Artmap Argyll Open Studios, an annual showcase of art made in Argyll, will feature new artists from Campbeltown, Taynuilt, Islay and Dunoon this year, over the two weekends of August 20 to 23 and 28 to 29.

The creative network decided to try out something radical this year – they employed a graphic design student to create a new presentation and image for Artmap.

Grace Carroll, a third-year student at Glasgow School of Art, was chosen and embraced the project with open arms. Arthur Ker represented Artmap as the client.

The resulting folded brochure is ‘spectacular’ with ‘a jewel-like presentation in red dots and triangles’, the network said, adding: ‘It is clear and modern and to-the-point’.

Mr Ker said: ‘It was a pleasure to work with Grace on the publicity material for Artmap Argyll Open Studios. The annual event’s red dot trail guides visitors to artists’ studios by a network of numbered red dots and direction arrows and Grace brought a fresh, youthful vision to the project.

‘Her finished designs, using coloured arrows and red dots, capture the essence of the Open Studios experience in simple abstract form. The response from Artmap members to Grace’s designs has been enthusiastically positive.

‘Considering Grace is still a student at Glasgow School of Art, she showed a maturity and professionalism way beyond her years which bodes well for her future career. The fold out leaflet and map was a new format for Artmap and for Grace, but she took the challenge in her stride and was able to communicate the fold system clearly to the printers.

‘Artmap Argyll thank Nicole Heidtke and Stefan Baumberger at TALC [Templars Arts and Leisure Centre in Tarbert] for suggesting Grace for the project and for the fantastic work they do mentoring young local talent for careers in art and design.

‘We wish Grace all the best for her final year of studies and look forward, hopefully, to working with her again in the future.’

Artmap Argyll is currently placing the brochures, posters and cards all over Argyll and Glasgow.