Arran Visual Arts Group celebrates its 21st anniversary

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Arran Visual Arts (AVA) celebrates 21 years of hosting art workshops and exhibitions about Arran.

The successful group has also spawned allied groups, Art in Mind, formed in September 2004, and Umbrella Group, formed in 2014, which offers coffee, crafts and talks at Lamlash Hall on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

The group started small when, in November 2001, an art exhibition at Brodick Castle raised £500 which was donated to participating artists. A small group of them then came together and decided to work together to focus on the quality of life for the people of Arran through the promotion of excellence in all visual arts.

In 2002, AVA was born with a membership of 70 professional and amateur artists, a constitution and, soon after, charitable status. The first exhibition took place in Corrie Hall with over 120 works by 45 artists. The first workshop in July 2002 focused on Chinese woodblock printing and was led by four experts from the southern province of Yunnan in China.

Since then, AVA has organized a program of arts and applied arts workshops every year – except in 2020 – and one or two exhibitions in the spring or summer. The workshops are mainly held at the Ranger Center within the grounds of Brodick Castle and working with the National Trust has been a key part of their success.

After having had two years of not being able to hold exhibitions, AVA is delighted to return to Lochranza Hall from Saturday July 23 through Thursday July 28, 10:30am-4:30pm. Everyone is welcome to view, purchase items and vote for the “people’s choice”.

There will be family workshops where children and their parents can draw, paint and model clay between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday July 26 and 27. Everyone is invited to participate for a small donation.

Details of membership, workshops and exhibitions can be found on the AVA website Membership is open to all for an annual fee of £15.

Families enjoy making art at an Arran Visual Arts Exhibition and Family Workshop at Lochranza Village Hall. No._B28AVA01

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