A Collaboration Between Musicians Katy Fennema and Graeme MacKintosh, and Artist Naomi McIntosh

Friday 19th - Sun 21st April (Launch Event Friday 19th April)

Music Making Landscapes is an innovative collaboration between designer maker Naomi McIntosh and musicians Katy Fennema and Graeme MacKintosh.

The project began with the composition of music for oboe and piano inspired by landscape. The piece reflects aspects of the Cairngorms, its towering cliffs and hidden stories. This original music represents the people who have travelled through the Cairngorms.

The project then focused on the visual, with an artistic response to the music in the form of drawings and a series of sculptural wall pieces. These pieces explore the landscape through a musician’s perspective and will be exhibited alongside a live performance.

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                                 KATY FENNEMA                                                                                                                                                                   NAOMI MCINTOSH

Katy Fennema was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 1994. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London and has performed solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. She has played principal oboe in many orchestras, and the Associate Principal Oboe of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for thirteen years and during her time there, often performed as a soloist with them. She has won national awards for her workshops, most notably with Rachel House Hospice, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and for Live Music Now.

Naomi McIntosh is a designer and artist maker with a diverse background, having studied architecture before completing an MA in design. She works on different scales from jewellery and sculptural objects to installations. Her work is produced by combining a broad range of skills using digital and hand processes taking inspiration from movement, landscape and the natural world. Her work has been exhibited internationally and showcased in major galleries. She has an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide range of experience teaching and leading lectures, workshops, skills sharing and undertaking projects informed by creative practice and collaborative experiences. Projects include lead designer on the 2018 V&A Dundee, Scottish Design Relay project working with young design people to celebrate design heritage, ‘Parallel Practices’ with Informatics and Robotics at Kings College London and the Crafts Council, and the 2016/2017 Craft residency with the British Council in Thailand and Scotland.

Graeme MacKintosh is a classical pianist and an arranger of Scottish airs. He studied piano under Wight (Jack) Henderson, Head of Piano at the RSAMD, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has accompanied in BBC Young Musician of the Year and has performed in concerts throughout Scotland. He accompanied the legendary Niel Gow's fiddle at a Robert Burns Anniversary Concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Together with three fellow musicians, he was a founder member of The Cairn Ensemble, created to bring music performance and workshops to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Launch Event on Friday 19th April at 6.30 pm

7.15 pm Discussion and Performance


Exhibition Open daily 10 am - 4 pm, 20th - 21st April