The 2018 AGM was held on March 23rd on the occasion of the launch preview of the Members’ Photographic Exhibition, this year with the theme of ‘The Land’. The AGM reported on considerable progress with a new fully insulated interior wall at the west end of the building, a new air source heat pump heating system and plans for further improvement this year. The society also benefitted from a large bequest from the estate of the late Bill Scott of £25,000 to help with improvements to the gallery.
It was noted that the new heating system will enable economic extension of the gallery’s season into the winter months, with opportunities to make the gallery space available fo a wide range community uses, from meetings and workshops through to small scale performances – music, dance or drama.
Although the gallery no longer receives any kind of funding support from the Highland Council or High Life Highland, we continue to be able to offer two months’ worth of High Life Highland provided exhibition, in June and September, continuing our tradition of being the only public art gallery in the Cairngorms National Park, whilst all members’ exhibitions and solo or group ‘private’ exhibitions will continue to be free entry. The society looks forward a positive future, going from strength to strength with the continuing support of our members and friends.
The Charman’s Report for 2016 was delivered to the membership at a meeting in late December. The year has been extremely successful, but the future is now in considerable doubt as funding for running Highlife Highland Exhibitions has now disappeared entirely after this coming year, and halved to 2017.
Click Here chairmans report for a link to the report. Most importantly, if we are to succeed into the future, we need two people to become additional directors / trustees and a further two volunteers happy to join the committee and share some of the workload! If not, we may be forced to give up the gallery and return it to Highland Council for a grim future of rot and ruin.
I attach a “good news” newsletter – we were winners yesterday in a competition for funds!
Read the newsletter and find out a little bit more about what we won.
Our opening exhibition for members in the Iona Gallery this year – a new venture in response to a request from members.
We hope you are interested and will take part – let’s get the spring and summer programme off to a good start.
Lot’s more exciting artistic things are planned for 2017, but you’ll have to wait a bit to find out what they are. .
Reminder – if you haven’t renewed your memerbship yet and paid your subs, please do so soon.
Date for your diary – Thursday 6th April – preview of the first exhibition and the AGM.
SBSA late Feb. Good news
I attach a newsletter with information about a splendid exhibition in the Iona Gallery this weekend – 3rd and 4th February.
Lovely art and craft works by SBSA members and the Spey Art Group, and students at the High Schools in Kingussie and Grantown.
Pre-opening photos of some of the exhibits in the newsletter – no need to print it out, just read it and look at the photos.
The Food on Film’s opening event is in the Gallery on Friday evening (7p.m.) showing a film starring Tilda Swinton.
SBSA News Feb 2017
One of our director’s had an exhibition in the Scottish Parliament this week. It was Ann Vastano from Aviemore, and her beautiful landscapes celebrating 10 years of the Cairngorms National Park. It was a big event with friends, family and several SBSA members who went down to be there to support Ann. Fergus Ewing sponsored the event and said a few words of introduction. He hinted that the First Minister might be interested in buying a picture!
We have just heard that Foundation Scotland have awarded us a grant for our Homecoming Scotland 2014 Textile Project. This means we can offer more workshops for young people and adults with learning needs; better and advertising and we can send our exhibits to Canada for exhibition. The theme of the workshop is “What home means to us here in Scotland”. We had our first textile workshop today with Morag Grey, during which the participants experimented with techniques for making collages of their memories that represent ‘home’. Jennifer Budd is en route to Scotland from Canada to driver her felt making workshop next weekend. All the pieces produced are to be displayed in late October in The Iona Gallery. They will be packed and shipped to Canada for exhibition in the Waterford Old Town Hall Gallery, Ontario throughout January 2015.
Morag’s inspiring ideas were shared in her sketchbooks and on a screen
Morag Gray inspires participants during the first collage workshop.
This picture shows the 9 artworks that were created by participants on Anisa’s workshop back in the summer.
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude” Friedrich Nietzsche, was the inspiration for this workshop.