MEMBERSHIP OF THE SBSA
FRIENDS OF THE IONA GALLERY
The Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists (SBSA) look after The Iona Gallery and all the exhibitions and events. If you would like to become a member please fill in a membership application (link below)and post it to the address on the form. Members also receive our Newsletters and emails about what is happening, including advance warning of previews and members workshops. Please also check our information and pictures on Facebook – see the link on our home page.
The annual subscription is only £10 for adult members but remains free for under 18s. To join please click here and follow instructions:
For those of you who support the aims of the SBSA but do not wish to take part in exhibitions or workshops why not become a ‘Friend’ of The Iona Gallery, annual subscription only £5:
The gallery is available to hire when it is not booked for touring exhibitions. Please click on ‘Hiring Details’ on the menu bar to learn more.
Information about the SBSA
The Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists (SBSA) was founded more than 20 years ago. The Society is a membership organisation and became a company limited by guarantee in 2010 and it recently achieved charitable status.
The Society’s aims are to encourage and promote enjoyment of the arts, heritage and culture, by
holding exhibitions open to the general public and the local community;
encouraging the work of individual artists locally and nationally;
supporting the artistic development of members;
arranging workshops, training and community based project activities;
working alongside schools to encourage young people to take an interest in the arts, heritage and culture;
cooperating and associating with other arts societies, organisations and similar bodies in the charitable purposes of the Company.
Membership is open to anyone who shares these aims
The current membership of more than 80 includes a good cross-section of artists who are professionally trained and qualified, those who have attended shorter courses or perhaps are self-trained, members who might still regard themselves as novices, as well as those who are just interested in the visual arts and wish to support the work of local artists. Collectively the Society demonstrates the wealth of talent that can be found in the area.
In 2010 the SBSA successfully negotiated a lease with the Highland Council for the Iona Gallery in Duke Street, Kingussie in order to ensure the future of the Gallery and to work to improve its facilities. The Gallery is the only public art gallery in the Cairngorms National Park and is open throughout the year with a broad programme of arts and crafts exhibitions. As part of the annual programme the SBSA hosts Highlife Highlands touring exhibitions between Easter and the end of October. At other times the Gallery is host to exhibitions by other artists, individuals, groups and organisations in keeping with its overall aims.During these exhibitions, often by national and internationally acclaimed artists, our members also have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their own work.
Exhibitions for and by Members:
The Society also organises several exhibitions of members’ works during the year.
One of the principal activities is the staging of an annual exhibition of members’ works in the summer in the Iona Gallery. The exhibition provides opportunities for artists at all levels of experience to exhibit their work and receive the critical acclaim of their fellow exhibitors and appreciation of members of the public who come to view. Sales of works at the exhibition provide another accolade for the successful artists and the knowledge that their work will be enjoyed by the purchasers for many years to come.
In early December, the Society organises an arts and crafts fair to support Kingussie’s “Christmas Festivities” event organised by the Business Association. The opening event of the annual “Food on Film Festival” in February takes place in the Iona Gallery and includes an exhibition of members’ works. Members may also organise their own exhibitions, individually and jointly with other members and in this, they receive the encouragement and support of the Society and other members.
During the year the committee organises a programme of day and weekend workshops for members covering a range of artistic themes and using specialist tutors to provide high quality tuition. These enable members, under the guidance of the tutor, to develop new interests, explore new techniques, try out new media and share creative ideas with other members.
Newsletters, usually produced several times a year, keep members in touch with other opportunities to exhibit, locally and nationally, as well as information about forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and other Society activities. Cooperation with other societies and groups enables members to learn about courses and workshops that might be of interest to them.
The Annual General Meeting provides a forum for discussion of matters affecting the Society’s future as well as opportunities for members to air their views. A democratically elected committee works hard to foster the Society’s interests and those of its members.