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New Artist in Residence at Huntingtower Castle

29 February 2012

A new artist-in-residence scheme has just been launched at Huntingtown Castle, Perthshire.

This follows a highly successful pioneering artist-in-residence initiative launched by Historic Scotland at Stirling Castle and is part of a new strategic partnership between Education Scotland and Historic Scotland with a focus on creative community learning and development.
Visitors to Huntingtower Castle will have the opportunity to see mosaic artist Jaine Marriott and view her castle inspired marble and slate work at her Open Studio on Mondays until the end of March..

Adult learners at Huntingtower Castle are currently making objects with Jaine around the theme of ‘Home’. She is also working with community groups in collaboration with textile artist Margo Winning and digital artist Kenny Bean.

The scheme, engaging community learners with professional artists in a variety of media, has also been extended to include Jedburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders where principal artist Inge Panneels will study the life of  the Abbey with her glass-based project titled “Mapping’.
Anne Jardine, Director of Learning and Community at Education Scotland said: “We are delighted to provide resources to build on and develop this exciting project in partnership with Historic Scotland.  

“Community learning and development (CLD) projects which link arts and creativity have an important role in engaging with individuals and communities and encourage long-lasting links between people, places and ideas.  

“We are confident that the residence project model offers great potential to develop and grow in the future allowing for positive outcomes for all of those taking part – particularly the learners.”

Sue Mitchell, Head of Learning Services at Historic Scotland said: “Our pilot artist in residence scheme at Stirling Castle has been hugely successful and we have been able to build on that success through support from Education Scotland.

“Our partnership agreement will help us to create a new dynamic of artistic co-operation between the three sites, and the involvement of local community learning and development departments will also allow us to forge new links with local authorities and ensure a bright future for artistic programmes at Historic Scotland sites.”

An exhibition of the participants’ work will be staged when the project finishes at the end of March, followed in April by a conference which will celebrate all three residencies.

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Jaine’s work will be on sale at until the end of the project.

Jaine uses mosaic in the context of the beauty of every day objects to make unexpected treasures. Invited by the Olympic Committee and British Association of Modern Mosaic, Jaine is showing her work in London in March at the View Tube Gallery. ‘Say it with Flowers’ is an exhibition of 50 mosaic masterpieces conveying potent and charismatic portrayals of simple, floral images made from discarded, recycled and unusual materials. The exhibition was inspired by the difficulty the Olympic Committee had in finding sustainable flowers for the winning athletes' bouquets.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland begins on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

                                                  Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866