Discover Studio 1: Banchory’s social enterprise gallery

Studio 1 is a new gallery and shop in the centre of Banchory. The venue opened back in November and is proving popular with shoppers and artists alike. You’ll find Studio 1 on Scott Skinner Square just off the town’s busy High Street, with plenty of parking nearby.

The gallery was set upas a social enterprise by local development trust Banchory & District Initiatives, with the idea of providing a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. Unlike commercial galleries, which can have commission rates of 50 or 60%, Studio 1 takes just 10% commission. 

More than twenty five local makers are currently exhibiting. As well as painting, photography, jewellery, ceramics and woodwork, there are soaps
and candles for sale, so it’s a good starting point if you’re looking for a gift. Many of the artists accept commissions through the gallery and gift vouchers are available. 

The idea for the gallery came from a group of enthusiastic volunteers and developed, with the help of local businesses and the Banchory Development Initiative into a vibrant space where artists and makers can show their work. Studio 1 is managed by Viv Kerridge for BDI. Artists and makers commit to a six month residency in the gallery for a manageable rent and a minimal commission on sales. 

Since opening, the gallery has seen a continuous increase in footfall and sales and it’s hoped the venue will be busy over the summer months as tourists return to the region. ‘We want to be a hub for local artists and artisans and are very proud to be able to offer such fantastic facilities to a wide variety of artists’ Viv Kerridge explained. ‘The idea for the gallery grew out of the monthly summer Arts & Crafts Market held in the square. When talking to the exhibitors, many commented on how difficult it was to find suitable premises. It’s also a great way of discovering some of the North-east’s talented makers in an informal and very accessible space. 

Studio 1 is a great concept – conceived, established and now sustained by people who have the local community right at the heart of the project. Director Paul Panchaud added, ‘Banchory has a long history of musical and artistic talent. The addition of Studio 1 is a natural progression from the monthly markets and the art trails in the town, cementing Banchory’s place on the Deeside cultural trail.’

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