Badenoch Great Places, Great Art

The Great Places, Great Art Competition has been launched!

An exciting new creative arts competition launched by the Badenoch Heritage Project: Bringing the Past to the 21st Century is set to help transform how heritage tourism is developed in the Highlands. In collaboration with the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists (SBSA) the partnership project aim to inspire new artworks that will promote cultural heritage in the Cairngorms to an international audience, through a process of co-design with the community. The art contest is open to anyone with an interest in Badenoch and will celebrate the inspirational cultural heritage of Badenoch, a special historic region in the UK’s largest National Park. The organisers, which include Cairngorms National Park Authority and Voluntary Action in Badenoch and Strathspey, are setting entrants the challenge of creating iconic artworks inspired by the unique highland culture of the Cairngorms. The theme will cast a spotlight on the area’s history, ancient places, inspirational landscapes, traditional music and verse to country pursuits, farming, living communities and sporting heritage. The competition contributes to the project’s overarching aims to involve more people in deciding how the great historic regions of the Cairngorms are promoted and managed.

Entrants will be able to enter one piece of work on the theme of the Culture of Badenoch in the medium of their choice, including painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video or installations. Entry is free and all the entries will be judged to select a series of prizewinning works, including a main 1st prize of art supplies worth £500.

The competition is open to all adults, whether living in Badenoch, the Cairngorms or elsewhere.

Local school pupils will also have the opportunity to be involved through primary schools in Badenoch and the students at Kingussie High School, with school age categories including P1-4, P5-7, S1-3 and S4-6.

The difficult task of selecting the winning entries will be undertaken by a distinguished panel of judges who will be looking for the most striking and best works to promote the special highland heritage and culture of the area. A new exhibition of all the successful entries is due to be hosted at the Iona Gallery in Kingussie between 20th to 31st August, where the public will be asked to choose a people’s choice winner from among the exhibited works. The winning entrees will then be displayed during September as part of a touring exhibition throughout Badenoch.

The innovative project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Great Places Scheme through a grant awarded to the Cairngorms National Park Authority. The funding is being used to help promote the great places and heritage attractions on offer in the Badenoch region of the National Park.

David Fallows, Chair of SBSA said: “We are delighted to be working with the Badenoch Heritage Project and Cairngorms National Park Authority on this great opportunity to inspire new creative works and help promote the local area. Whether you are an established artist or just like to dabble in the visual arts, your work is welcome. This is an ideal way to encourage everyone to think about what makes Badenoch and the Cairngorms National Park such a great historic place to live, work in and visit.”

Dr. Oliver O’Grady, Project Officer for the Badenoch Great Place Project with Voluntary Action in Badenoch and Strathspey said: “We’re thrilled to have the support of SBSA in delivering what promises to be a once-in-a generation opportunity, to get more people involved in telling Badenoch’s story through creative arts. We can’t wait to see the entries from everyone, of all ages; this is going to be special.”

The Badenoch Heritage Project continues until 2020 and is supported with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

For those unfamiliar with the boundaries of Badenoch, it includes the Community Council area of Dalwhinnie, down to the border with Perthshire at Druimuachdar, Laggan, across to the boundary with the Spean Bridge area, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kincraig – up to the boundary with the Aviemore community council area to the north of Loch Alvie.

This page allows you to download the notes for entrants and the entry form.

It is important to please email us as soon as possible at to let us know that you are intending to enter, even though the actual entry form deadline is May 31st. This will give us some idea of the likely numbers.

The files are in word format. pdf files are also available – email as above if you require these. Schools entry forms can be obtained at each school – one form should be completed per entrant.

notes for entrants

entry form