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Annual Open Day


Once a year, we open our home-based workshop space to the you can meet some of the local artists, designers and makers who run workshops here.


We provide information on all our workshops, and run a selection of free workshop demonstrations throughout the day.


There is a selection of items that people have created while attending our workshops on display, and some of the artists and makers will also have their own work on show, or for sale.


Arienas Collective Gift Vouchers are available to buy, and have a special Open Day offer of a free gift box with every £45+ voucher purchased on the day.


Refreshments are provided by The Arienas Collective members, for which we ask for a donation towards our chosen charity Art in Healthcare. And we usually have a free prize draw.

Free entry

The event is FREE ENTRY but our online shop does not allow us to add free items! So we charge a nominal £1 entry fee for those who wish to book a space online, which we add to our charity donation. But everyone is welcome to just turn up on the day.

Keep up-to-date throughout the year

For all the latest news you can:

>> Sign Up to our newsletter to get regular updates on new workshops, dates and special offers. And an invitation to our next Open Day.

>> Visit our Book & Buy Workshops page for details of all current workshops, to check availability, and to buy a workshop space.

Our 2019 Workshop demonstration timetable

  • 12.30pm - Soap-making with Jenny Smith, The Scottish Soapworks

  • 1.30pm - Speed-sketching with Mark Kirkham, The Edinburgh Sketcher

  • 2.30pm - Letterpress printing with Lou Davis, Lou Davis Art

  • 3.30pm - Lino-printing with artist Suzanne Kemplay

  • 4.30pm - Silver clay jewellery with Anna Campbell 

  • 5.30pm - Bookbinding with Cass Barron

Our 2019 Artists' Pop Up Shop

A number of our artists and makers will be offering unique and truly hand made gifts for sale, including some at special Open Day prices and others exclusively available on the Open Day, including:

  • Anna Campbell Jewellery - silver clay jewellery available exclusively at the Open Day

  • The Edinburgh Sketcher - printed products featuring Mark's distinctive sketches at special Open Day prices

  • Cassandra Barron - mini books made throughout the day

  • Lauren Smith Studio - unique, hand-embroidered and embellished brooches

  • Lou Davis Art - artist-designed screen prints and letterpress notebooks

  • Lucy Wayman - macrame artist

  • Gary Campbell-Hall - photographer will have a Scotland 2020 calendar and cards for sale

  • The Scottish Soapworks - selection of soaps and made-to-order letter soaps using the best quality essential oils and locally sources ingredients which make excellent stocking fillers.

  • Suzanne Kemplay - artist-designed, handmade artworks.

  • The Arienas Collective - Gift Vouchers

Please note: The Arienas Collective workshop space is on the first-floor of a Georgian mews home and unfortunately we do not have lift access.



Duration: 7 hours

Timings: 12 noon - 7:00pm

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