Avoid the crowds on Mother’s Day and take your mum to tea with an artist. Artists across Scotland are opening their studios and serving tea on Sunday 17 March 2012. Tickets are around £5 per person and places should be reserved on the Take Your Mum to Tea site.

Artists based in Fife include Lucy Turner, the creator of the very popular “stuffyourdoodles”, 3D stuffed characters created from your drawings or photographs and in Crail there is Elizabeth Shepherd’s studio. (below)


Elizabeth explains, ‘I will show etching plates and prints from them and explain how I make my etchings. My studio is in a garden with free-range hens over the gate, but I will take you into a room in my house where I have a gallery of my work, for a glass of wine, coffee or tea, and a piece of cake made by my daughter Josephine with eggs from our hens. After that you can explore the beautiful fishing village.  We live in the nearest road to the sea and there is a historic harbour along the road.’


Kirsty Nichol (above) who has a studio in The Briggait in Glasgow explains: ‘I will be making an Alice in Wonderland style set for a mad hatters tea party.  This will be photographed as part of my photographic practice during the tea party so you will become part of the artwork!  You can bring or wear colourful clothing, and I will have some props.  There will be a range of delicious tea / coffee / juice and cakes.  Bring your own bubbly if you want something stronger!’

Nicola Macdonnell (above) has her studio on The Black Isle:’ My studio is in a lovely woodland setting and should have a profusion of daffodils on the day. I dead-headed over 5000 last year! There will be a cream tea, my scones are legendary, and as much tea as you can drink. Paintings and work in progress will be on display and cards for sale. I will be available to tell you about my work. If it is a lovely day tea will be served in the garden where you will see the source of my inspiration.’

Andrew Appleby (left): ‘My studio in Harray, Orkney has a delightful riverside setting with superb views to the hills, which can be enjoyed while munching a selection of my favourite traybakes.’