Arran Visual Arts (AVA) was founded in December 2001 by an enthusiastic group of amateur and professional artists.It has flourished ever since and now has a membership of approximately 140 amateur artists. AVA gained charitable status early on in its life, and its constitution states its main objectives as:

  • To develop education and cultural heritage by organising and facilitating events and activities to share knowledge, expertise and experience through demonstration workshops, summer schools and exhibitions.
  • To provide educational and therapeutic opportunities to island residents in necessitous circumstances and thereby improve their confidence and social contact.
  • To improve and develop the quality of art resources on the island.

If you are considering joining AVA, the benefits of membership are reduced fees for monthly arts workshops, free entrance to two annual art exhibitions, discount in art supply stores and a quarterly newsletter. Membership costs £15 per year and membership forms are available at our two annual exhibitions, by e-mail contact, or by downloading the form from this website. Membership costs for full time students and those in receipt of benefits is £8 per year.


What do we do?

We run arts and applied arts workshops throughout the year inviting a wide range of tutors from the UK and local artists to teach these workshops.

This year we are only having one exhibition in Lochranza from 28th May – Friday 1st June. The exhibitions can attract more than 600 visitors who vote for their favourite art work in the ‘People’s Choice’ and many sales are made. We are proud of the reputation our exhibitions have earned.

Where do we do it?

The Isle of Arran, often described as Scotland in miniature is an artists haven with stunning scenery, a dramatic mountain range as well as many beautiful beaches and interesting buildings. Our workshops are predominently held in the National Trust Brodick Castle Ranger Centre. The grounds of Brodick Castle have many unusual plants, and command wonderful views of Brodick Bay. Arran is easily accessed from Glasgow by a 55 minute ferry journey accross the Firth of Clyde from Ardrossan.


Contact Information

Postal address
Ardshiel, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran
Please use our contact form

Scottish Charity Number 35176