Due to the current COVID-19 situation all AVA workshops are cancelled for the foreseeable future. We ask all members to keep well, keep painting or making, and keep in touch with one another by phone.
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 90 artists. More about membership
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. More about workshops
We also organise a summer exhibition every year, which 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. This year’s exhibition will take place from Saturday 25th May to Friday 31st May in Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall. More about our exhibition
AVA’s main objectives are…
- 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.