Trio of Shire art projects on display to public

Deputy Provost and councillor Norman Smith and Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster with photographers David Watson Hood and Kathleen Laird
Deputy Provost and councillor Norman Smith and Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster with photographers David Watson Hood and Kathleen Laird

A new three-part art exhibition in Aberdeenshire which celebrates the best the area has to offer is now on show to the public.

Triptych features a host of work from a wide variety of talent including submissions from internationally-renowned photographer Colin Prior, Andy Hall, artists and a number of keen local amateurs.

The exhibition is the culmination of more than a year of artistic collaboration led by Aberdeenshire Council that will travel across the area until October, showcasing three art projects which celebrate our unique and beautiful region.

Triptych brings together the Belonging to the Aberdeenshire Ways mobile artistic collaboration; entries for the Belonging to Aberdeenshire photography project led by Andy Hall, and an exhibition of Colin Prior’s work capturing the uniqueness of the area through a series of iconic images.

The exhibition will be at the MACBI Community Hub in Mintlaw until Wednesday, August 20 before visiting six venues across Aberdeenshire.

Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster said: “The exhibition showcases the unique character of Aberdeenshire’s people and places and tells a strong story told by professional artists and the area’s residents.

“We have a lot to be proud of in Aberdeenshire but, living here, it’s sometimes easy for us to take the stunning landscapes and natural beauty we see every day for granted. These projects capture that distinctiveness and diversity of our area exceptionally well.”

Deputy Provost Cllr Norman Smith said: “Showcasing these three quite different but interconnected projects really pulls together visual aspects of Aberdeenshire’s cultural heritage.

“This exhibition promises to be a fascinating and informative tour of the region and it truly will be an event not to be missed.”

Peterhead Camera Club member, Kathleen Laird, is one photographer whose work is on display.

She said: “It is brilliant, we are very happy and impressed that five Peterhead Camera Club members have images that are used here.

“We managed to cover areas including Aden Country Park, Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, Portsoy, Pitfour and Turriff.”

The exhibition is the result of cultural engagement events that supporting Be Part of the Celebration activities.