As part of this festival, St. Margaret's Braemar is holding an exhibition of Chair Art and Ginny Russell Wall Art
Exhibition open on 24th to 28th 10am - 4pm daily
The opening reception will feature a public demonstration of a bronze pour of our new St. Margaret’s logo by Scottish sculpture Workshop technician Eden Jolly.
Chair Art is a community art project based in Aberdeenshire. It began in 2014 and the idea was spread through friends, neighbours and work colleagues. The premise is to find old chairs, repair them and paint them white to give away as blank canvassess. They invite people to paint or decorate their chairs, or to make chairs out of other materials. The artists are mostly people with no real previous artistic background but they do have a few professional artists. The idea is that everyone can be a chair artist. The idea for ChairArt came from a community art project in the Gargfagnana area of Italy where chair art is in its 6th year. Each year the chairs are exhibited at a variety of venues along Deeside and are then are auctioned, raising funds that are donated to charity.
The highly original and quirky artworks created by Ginny Russell out of recycled materials, scouting around old ruins, beach-combing or visiting the local dump, will also be on display. In 2016 , her grandson Neil was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour at the age of 26. Neil became involved with the charity 'Shine' which supports young adults with cancer. Connecting with 'Shine' made a huge difference to Neil’s life, so Ginny wanted to give something back and came up with the idea of selling her artworks in aid of 'Shine'.
All proceeds from this exhibition will go to the charity 'Shine' which supports young adults with cancer.