We are very happy to be part of the Little Town of Festivals here in Kingussie
We have been told that we now have the funding to repair and repaint the exterior of the gallery. This is wonderful news and we look forward to seeing our gallery look smart on the outside as well as the inside.
We have heard that we are to receive £2000 of funding towards our Wildlife in Art fortnight of events from Scottish Natural Heritage! The whole programme of events centres around an exhibition of SBSA members work in The Iona Gallery. It includes workshops, an evening event, a demonstration by artist-in-residence Darren Rees and a talk by RSPB Futurescapes. Please see ‘Exhibitions and Events’ for details. We hope that this popular subject will attract visitors and residents alike as we know by experience that wildlife art is very well received here in the Cairngorm National Park.
All members are able to exhibit all types of artwork in out Wildlife in Art exhibition. The handing in date is 11 April 5-6pm. Download the form with details here:
Work is underway on a new sink in The Studio and on retail cabinets for our Handmade in the Cairngorms are. This has been as a result of funding from the Scottish Community Foundation and the Cairngorms National Park.
We have new funding for insulating and heating the gallery which is being completed in time for our next opening event, on 22 March.
This Project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community (Cairngorms Local Action Group) Leader 2007-2013 Programme
Our AGM on 31st January was full of news and business. After the meeting itself it was lovely to hear so many members express their thanks and support for all the hard work the committee puts in. There were lots of positive comments about our plans for an exciting future, and several good members stepped forward to offer practical help. Thank you, and if you have not yet joined or re-joined in 2013, please use the membership form on the new tab or in your last Newsletter.
New Funding – November 2012
We have recently heard that we have secured some funding from the Cairngorm National Park and the Scottish Community Foundation to take our development of The Studio further. As a result we will have better facilities to offer artists for workshops and courses. This will also enable us to have a “made in the Cairngorms” shop through which members can sell their art and craft on a regular basis.
This Project is being part-financed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority through the Cairngorms Local Action Group.
There is still a long way to go to improve our gallery but we will be able to offer a more sustainable facility through this funding and this will in turn help us on to further development. The Committee are going to be busy! If you would like to join us and help, please get in touch.
Eight volunteers turned up for our Studio painting session throughout the day. The windows and ceiling are very high so the job was quite challenging at times. With coffee, tea, cake and biscuits and lots of paint we did a great job, so thanks girls it looks great. When we get the picture rails up we will be able to use The Studio for display or art workshops.
New windows have been installed in the side room of the gallery.
These were the worst of the original windows which were steadily rotting.
Volunteer Day in The Studio, 10th April 2012
On 20th April 2011 we were proud to launch our new logo for The Iona Gallery, this new website and our linked leaflet. With the help of the internet we hope to keep our members and visitors up-to-date with what is happening at The Iona Gallery.
There are details of our forthcoming touring exhibitions, details on hiring the building and a map and opening hours to help you plan your visits.
We very much appreciate the support of our members who have encouraged us in this new development and those who have allowed us to use images of their work. Our cheerful team of gallery attendants are ready to welcome you to the Gallery. We are always keen to hear our visitors feedback and suggestions.
There is also a blog with more informal news and you are very welcome to follow us on twitter or Facebook.
The design work for these new developments has been expertly completed by Wee Epics based in Carrbridge, and the leaflets were printed by Groverprint in Newtonmore. We are pleased to be supporting local businesses within the Cairngorm National Park.