virtual exhibition

A festival from your sofa

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Here are the details for the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend at Home. There’s loads of activities, catering for all interests – including a virtual exhibition of our work!

Cairngorms Nature Programme

A Big Nature Weekend – indoors!

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A wee reminder about the Big Nature Weekend exhibition. Obviously with one thing and another, this event has been postponed until next year.

But there will be a special virtual exhibition of the Spey Art Group’s work and hopefully some of you have already emailed photographs of your work to Lucy Ford, by May 4. Make sure you include your name, the title of the work, the medium and also a comment on the piece. Put Big Nature Virtual Weekend SAG in the subject line of the exhibition.

As it is a virtual exhibition, you don’t need to worry about fees so you can enter as many works as you want. This is a great chance to share our work with other people despite being stuck inside.

Really looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to over the past few weeks,

Armchair art critic

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We can’t go out to celebrate Easter but there’s still a way to see world class art. And all from the comfort of your favourite chair.

Lots of the most famous galleries and museums across the globe have pages providing virtual tours of their expansive corridors.

Best of all, you don’t need to strain your neck to see past the crowds around your favourite artwork.

Here’s a rundown of a few galleries to “visit” this Easter!

Splendid Isolation by Andrew McIntosh
We’re starting close to home with Andrew “Mackie” McIntosh, who grew up in the town and is now based in London. His aptly titled exhibition, “Splendid Isolation”, opened at the James Freeman Gallery just before the pandemic put us all in lockdown. You can have a look at the new paintings at the gallery’s website and see a video about the works.



The National Gallery Google Tour
Staying in the capital, the National Gallery offers a tour of some of its rooms created by Google in 2011.

National Gallery Google tour


The National Museum of Scotland
Not strictly an art gallery but this is still a great way to spend an hour or so. It was the first Scottish museum or gallery to be part of the Google project to make artistic and historical collections online.Click here to tour the permanent galleries and look at more than 20,000 objects.

National Museum of Scotland Google tour


The Vatican Museums
If you fancy going further afield, you could head to The Vatican museums. There are seven tours of various parts of the complex – accessible by clicking here.

Best of all, they are in 360, immersing you in the splendour of the rooms as well as the art. And the Sistine Chapel is on the list – letting you see the amazing frescos without the crowds!

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums


And if those aren’t enough to keep you occupied, then check out this list from Time Out for some fascinating collections from across the globe.

Keeping creative

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Hope you are all keeping well and not going too crazy being stuck at home a bit more than we would all like.

Luckily that gives you more time to do art! And there’s lots of inspiration going around online at the moment, including lessons and virtual exhibitions.

We’re going to try and keep you entertained with a few of the most amusing and bizarre ones over the next few weeks – or for however long this all last. Fingers crossed it’s over soon and we’re back together on Wednesday nights.

And we’d love to see the art you are working on – if you’re on Facebook, do share a wee picture with us at our page.

First up, we thought you’d like a laugh. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has challenged people to recreate a piece of art using things they’ve found around the house. There have been some inspired results. You can click here to see some of the best via Twitter.

And if you get bored enough to have a go, let us see what you did.