Media Release: Frank To invites visitors into secret alchemist lab at Wasps Artists’ Open Studios Weekend


FRANK To, the young Glasgow-based artist with a growing international reputation as a leading contemporary figurative painter, is offering the public an opportunity to see his studio and works in progress at this week’s Wasps Artists’ Open Studios Weekend.

Says a spokesperson: “The annual event gives the public a rare opportunity to see inside the studios and meet artists in their working environment. Last year, 203 artists opened their doors to 5,000 visitors, showcasing drawing, painting, jewellery, sculpture, printmaking, video, stained glass, ceramics, batik, installation, performance and much more.”

To said: “I treat my studio as a secret alchemist laboratory these days – and I wish to use this weekend to give visitors an opportunity to see what I’m planning for my upcoming shows – and I’m sure there will be a few surprises in store!”

Last week, To revealed that he has now sold more than half the paintings from his new ‘Shadowlines’ exhibition, showing at Gallery Q until 15 October, featuring work inspired by fairytales and folklore.

This latest show followed his sell-out ‘Plague Doctors’ exhibition at The Leith Gallery earlier this year.

The spokesperson continued: “Since Wasps Artists’ Open Studios Weekend began in 2002, almost 35,000 visitors have had the chance to meet artists in their studios, chat to them about their work and learn the tricks of a number of different creative trades.

“The event has also generated almost £310,000 in sales and commissions – money which goes directly into artists’ pockets.”

Frank To’s Open Studios Weekend event is at W.A.S.P.S Factory, 77 Hanson Street, Glasgow, G31 2HF on Saturday 1st October 2011 11am – 5pm and Sunday 2nd October 2011 12pm – 5pm.


For further information please contact Frank To on tel 07796 312613

Issued on behalf of Frank To Fine Art by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 www.liquorice-media.com

Date 27th September 2011

Notes to Editors

  • Born in Falkirk in 1982, To graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA (Hons) Fine Art before going on to gain a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College where his tutor was Calum Colvin. In recent years he has exhibited alongside some of the greats of the international art scene, including Banksy, Jimmy Choo and Antony Gormley.
  • His work has featured in several national art fairs and shows in Bath, Harrogate, London, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and in the collection of Dundee University.
  • Amongst To’s most famous collectors are Sir Patrick Stewart, the celebrated actor, and Deloitte.

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