Wild at Art (05/07/2012)
Visitors from across the globe are invited to get Wild at Art through a series of holiday packages offering up creative arts experiences across Scotland created by two women with a love of Scotland and roots in Germany and the US.
Thanks to support from Creative Scotland’s Culture and Tourism Initiative, Wild at Art Ltd offers up tour packages with art at their heart, bringing visitors to Scotland up close and personal with the producers of our vibrant visual arts and crafts.
Tour packages combine the best in accommodation and cuisine, social programme and art experiences for the skilled and beginners eager to develop their artist abilities while holidaying in Scotland. The online marketing and sales platform reaches an international audience and offers art workshops in painting and drawing, textile art such as weaving and felting, jewellery making, mosaic art, and more.
Art workshop tours are planned for the Big Cat Textile Studio in Newburgh, with visits to Weft in Pittenweem and Dovecot in Edinburgh. Future locations are Stirling Castle, St Andrews, Crieff, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Participants will meet artists producing similar work, visit galleries and exhibitions.
Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said:
“Wild At Art is an innovative idea, which links one-off experiences between talented visual artists and crafts makers here in Scotland with like-minded visitors from across Europe. It’s a great showcase of both our creative talent and natural assets and a perfect illustration of the strengths of this Year of Creative Scotland 2012.”
Ute Johnston of Wild at Art, said:
“I discovered the artistic talent in Scotland as a workshop participant and now I want to offer this rich resource to visitors. People from my home area in Germany want authentic experiences that enrich their lives, and we will be marketing directly to these potential visitors. Once underway, our website will offer online purchases of art work produced by the artists participating in our tours. I started to develop my idea to promote Scotland’s artists to visitors over a year ago, and support from the Tourism Innovation Fund and Creative Scotland allows us to develop this niche market.”
Wild At Art Ltd connects the rich variety of excellent Scottish artists and art studios directly to visitors to Scotland.
Ellen Colingsworth, an America resident in Scotland, comments,
“Our tours use the inspirational setting of Scotland’s landscapes and the people who live, work and play here. For over 20 years, I’ve explored Scotland’s nearby and remote places and worked in the tourism industry. Wild at Art brings our skills and love of Scotland directly to the visitor. Our vision is to create a high profile platform for Scotland’s artists and make it easy for visitors to get involved in art activities of all kinds. Cambo House defines ‘inspirational setting’, and is our first art workshop location with Susan Forsyth as our first workshop leader. We believe Wild at Art is one of the few initiatives that sells artistic experiences directly to the customer.”