Inspiration on display at the ALiVE art exhibition

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Twenty artists from across Arran will come together for three days from September 23-26 at Whiting Bay Hall to showcase their work in a unique exhibition.

Named ALiVE (Arran Legacy Inspired Visual Exhibition), each of the exhibiting artists is part of the Arran Art Trail, but this year they have also accepted the additional challenge of creating a specific work of art inspired by one of the 20 markers of sandstone venues that were installed around the island in 2021 to create the Arran Arts Heritage Trail.

Since the start of 2022, participating artists have been busy in their studios pouring their creativity into a variety of works ranging from ceramics, wood and glass to textiles, jewelry and paintings.

Many of them have tried new techniques or challenged themselves to create something different from their usual style.

Their ALiVE pieces have been exhibited in their individual studios over the summer, but this exhibition will see them come together in one place for the first time.

This is an exhibition never before attempted on Arran and made possible with the support of Creative Scotland.

All the artists involved in the project, who will attend the exhibition, are delighted to tell their visitors more about the role they played in the ALiVE project and how they created their work.

Lynn Jones and Heather Macleod of Arran Art Trail, who curated the ALIVE project, said: “We are delighted to bring this exhibition to Arran and are very grateful to Creative Scotland for their support in bringing this ambitious project to life. from the initial idea. and make it a reality. Of course, it would be nothing without the amazing artists at Arran who have been so supportive.

“We are delighted to show visitors and locals all the talent and creativity that we have on the island.

“While the exhibit artwork is not for sale until 2023, many of our artists’ studios remain open and we encourage people to take the opportunity to visit artists and see more of their work, as well as the role they played in ALiVE.”

ALiVE will be open Friday, September 23 through Monday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whiting Bay Hall.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Arran Art Trail at

You can pick up an ALiVE exhibition catalog at the exhibition or download a copy from the website.

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