Explore The Forest, our new summer exhibition

We're so excited to tell you about the new art exhibition at the Spey Bank Studio.

The Forest will take you to through the trees and woodlands of Grantown and the Cairngorms to find new worlds - thanks to our specially selected artists.

The shows starts on Saturday July 1 and runs for the whole month. Let us introduce the artists taking part.

 

Campbell Bryson

Campbell Bryson studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has spent most of this life working and teaching in the Highlands. He was Head of Art and Design at Grantown Grammar School for 18 years. 

Based in his studio in the garden of his home in Kincraig, his studies of birch trees are famed for their depiction of light and shade.

 

Graham Niven

Graham is a photographer, based in the Cairngorms National Park. He was recently commended in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2023. His photographs include amazing granny pines standing tall and proud and dizzying shots of beech trees reaching into the sky.

 

Esther Tyson

Esther is a British painter and printmaker. She studied at Cumbria College of Art, the University of Wales and the Royal College of Art, London.

Whilst at the Royal College of Art Esther won a travel scholarship to study large carnivores in Slovakia. This trip ignited a passion for travel, drawing, painting and observing creatures in their natural environment. She has travelled the world doing this, creating beautiful art in the process. 

She currently lives and works in the South Peak District where she combines a studio and observational outdoor practice.

 

Cathy Haworth

Cathy is a freelance graphic designer in Grantown-on-Spey. She has worked for a range of marketing and advertising agencies and also spent five years designing greetings cards for a company she set up with two friends.

She is a big fan of flicking paint across her works, which are often inspired by the walks and trips she takes across Scotland. Her paintings of trees are popular for their bright colours - they are full of joy!

 

Kyle Noble

Kyle is an art teacher at Grantown Grammar School. His art offers an alternative meditation on Scottish landscape painting. Research for his practice stems from a fanatical interest in exploring and documenting Scotland's wild ecology and native woodlands. 

Among his works in The Forest is the Green Loch as you've never seen it before.

 

And others...

Angus will also be contributing to the show in the form of ceramics. He's been making some amazing nature-inspired vases. We'll also have work from Ann Vastano, Jess Greaves and Wooden Tom.

Finally, there's a special forest bathing and pottery workshop on Friday July 7, allowing participants to reconnect with nature and creativity. Cath Wright, of Highland Quietlife, will lead forest bathing in Anagach Woods before Spey Bank Studio owner Angus Grant teaches the group how to make a pinch pot inspired by nature.

There are a few spaces remaining and you can book a place here.

Opening hours during July will be Wednesday to Saturday 9am-5pm.

 

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