The International Plein Air in Pskov and Izborsk has been a popular creative residency destination for the artists of Perth and Kinross since 2003. This annual residency curated by Oleg Tsvetkov, Pskov-based artist and Director of the Art School in Pskov, culminates with a public exhibition at the art school featuring the resident artists’ work created during the Plein Air.

Facilitated and supported by the Friends of Pskov, Gillian Devaney was the first Perthshire artist to attend the Pskov Plein Air in June 2003 followed by Andrew Hunter, Hugo Saunders and Dave Hunt in July 2013. The artists spent an unforgettable ten days in and around Pskov, working and exhibiting with artists from France, Latvia, Germany, Estonia and other parts of Russia. Hugo Saunders has since returned twice to the Pskov Plein Air.

Barbara Pease aka Babs was the recipient of the artist-in-residence travel bursary 2019 from the Friends of Pskov. The bursary enabled her to attend the 11th International Plein Air in Pskov and Izborsk from 18 until 29 June 2019. During her residency Babs took over our brand-new Instagram account bringing us stories, colours and sunshine from the magical woodlands of Izborsk just outside of Pskov. Upon her return to Perth, Babs met at Threshold artspace for a chat with Meg Luckins – one of the founding members of our Friends of Pskov Association.

Helen McCrorie was one of the Perthshire artists shortlisted for our Pskov Plein Air Bursary in 2019. Her latest artist’s moving image work If Play is Neither Inside Nor Outside, Where is It? was on view at Collective as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2019. Her creative documentary was shot on the grounds of a former military camp in rural Perthshire!