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Our castle’s got talent!

2 March 2012

                                       Stirling Castle Staff

There won’t be a certain Geordie duo present at Stirling Castle this month, but there will be a whole lot of talent!  

Throughout the month of March, visitors to the castle can experience a special exhibition which showcases the hidden talents of the castle’s staff.

Exhibits will range from artwork and photography through to crafts, dance and tapestry.

The event is part of the ‘Year of Creative Scotland’ which is designed to promote and encourage people to celebrate our nation’s contribution to culture. It follows a number of exciting events at the castle including the hugely successful Artist in Residence programme, which saw the castle appoint its very own artist, Iona Leishman. Initially due to end in December, the programme was extended to the end of March due to demand.

Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager for Stirling Castle said;

“We have a very skilled team at the castle and this exhibition is a fantastic way to showcase their work.

“There are some lovely personal stories behind the artwork. One of our team for example was inspired to learn more about tapestry on the back of the Palace Project, where we introduced a studio on site to recreate the tapestries that would have hung in the royal apartments.

“It’s lovely that the stunning surroundings of the castle can inspire people to take up a new interest as well as providing a backdrop for their works and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the exhibition.”

The event will be taking place in the castle’s exhibition room and will be included in the admission price to Stirling Castle. For more information on Stirling Castle please visit www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk .

Notes for editors:

  • For all the latest on what is happening at Stirling Castle, visit our website at www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk and sign up for our free e-newsletter.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.  

  • Historic Scotland around the web:
           www.twitter.com/welovehistory
           www.facebook.com/visithistoricscotland
           www.youtube.com/historicscotlandtv
           www.flickr.com/groups/makeyourownhistory

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began 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: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                     Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk