WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME

Keep up to date with the latest news from all the Artists living and working at the Glenfiddich Distillery

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    The Glenfiddich Distillery proudly announces the first opening of this summer’s Artists in Residence programme.
     
    Since its inception in 2002 our programme has seen The Glenfiddich Distillery play host to one hundred and twenty artists from around the globe. Each artist spending three months in residence to be inspired by the unique environment Glenfiddich offers. This summer, once again, Glenfiddich has invited eight visual artists to live and work together in the heart of Speyside. Each one reacting to their new surroundings and creating new works of art which reflect their experiences.
     
     
     
     
     

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    Two months in to the 2016 schedule and our last artist has arrived to compete the compliment of residents this summer. Subir Hati becomes the fifth recipient of the Glenfiddich/Bestcollegeart Emerging Indian artist of the year award. Chosen out of over six hundred entrants he received his award at a glittering ceremony held in April at Art District XIII, one of Delhi’s newest galleries.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    The highlands of Scotland are still home to some very ancient traditions some of which pre date Christianity having their roots in our pagan Celtic past.  Many of these old practices and customs were often concerned with the well being or fortunes of the practitioners. On a recent trip north with Lisa and Kun Ying we were able to stop in to visit the famous Clootie well at Munlochty on the Black Isle.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Thanks to the efforts of local quine, Michelle Myron the summer ceildihs have started once again in Dufftown.  Rotating between the British Legion and the Commercial hotel these dances are popular with not just locals and visitors to Dufftown but are always a firm favourite with our artists each summer.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    June is the time of year that all our global brand ambassadors take time out of their busy schedules to congregate in Dufftown for their annual conference. This is a great opportunity for the ambassadors to rub shoulders, share their knowledge and pick up more information about Glenfiddich from craftsmen such as Dennis Mc Bain to use once they are back in their respective markets
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    It seems every other day brings a new arrival to Glenfiddich with our seventh artist Hu Wei Yi jetting in to join our growing group.  As in the past few yerars Wei Yi comes to us through Don Gallery who make a point of nurturing new and fresh talent in Shanghai.
     
     
     
     

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    Wisely arriving the day after the Kave of Karaoke we welcome our sixth artist in residence to Glenfiddich, Emily Binks. Emily who recently graduated from the Edinburgh School of art was the recipient of our 2016 Glenfiddich New Contemporaries Residency Prize. She was selected in March by our judging panel which this year comprised of Scottish arts writer Susan Mansfield, Exhibitions Curator at Dundee Contemporary Arts Graham Domke and one of our very first artists in residence, Kenny Hunter.
     
     
     
     

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    While at Glenfiddich there is a great respect for tradition it is a place where we are not afraid to try out something new from time to time. So thanks to the wonders of You Tube we are pleased to introduce an new element to the artists favourite social occasion, Fire Club … The Kave of Karaoke !
     
     
     
     

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    Another day , another trip down to Aberdeen airport. This time our latest arrival is Min Joon Park from  Korea. So far this year each artist has been welcomed to Scotland with some very pleasant weather however Joon arrived to overcast skies and falling drizzle. This was not too much of a disappointment for Joon though as his home is Jeju, an island to the south of Korea. In fact the soggy Scottish summer was very familiar to him in his homeland. However home for the next few months will be a farm house by The Glenfiddich Distillery and Joon wasted no time in settling in and setting his studio up ready for work.
     
     

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    The start of a new month brings another clutch of arrivals to the Glenfiddich residency. As with Taiwan, we have been inviting artists from Canada to Glenfiddich since 2005 making Eleanor King our twelfth resident from that part of the world.  The recipient of this year’s open call for Canadian artists to apply for the residency it was in fact Eleanor’s third application proving the old adage.. if at first you don’t succeed … to be true.
     

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    With the sun still shining brightly it was a fine day for showing Scotland off at its best. First stop was The National Trust for Scotland Visitor Center at Culloden battlefield. Since taking ownership of the Drambuie brand in late 2014 William Grants and Sons are now also proud custodians of the Drambuie Jacobite Collection. Consisting of over four hundred items ranging from historical documents, weapons, medallions the core of the collection is comprised of one of the finest collections of Jacobite period glassware in private ownership. A number of which are on display at Culloden to be enjoyed by visitors from around the world.
     

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    It might be the change in climate or perhaps from not wearing socks but poor Kun Ying has picked up a slight summer sniffle.  No need for doctors or medicines from the chemists. For as every Scot knows the best cure is good stiff hot Toddy, made of course from Glenfiddich single malt !
     

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    With our first three residents settled in to their on-site accommodation and beginning to find their way around locally it’s time to start broadening horizons and exploring further afield beyond the Glenfiddich Distillery and Dufftown.  Living  in the heart of Speyside we are blessed not only with the scenic surroundings of mountains and of course the river Spey itself but we are only a short drive the sandy beaches of the Moray firth giving way to dramatic cliffs to the east along the Buchan coastline.
     

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    We have been welcoming artists from Taiwan to The Glenfiddich Residency Programme since 2005, so the arrival of Lin Kun Ying sees him become the twelfth artist to come here from that part of the world. As in each of the previous eleven years the selection of Kun Ying was facilitated through our long standing relationship with one of Taipei’s longest established and most highly regarded independent art spaces; IT Park.
     

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    Following hard on the heels of Joan Ross, Glenfiddich is very pleased to welcome Lisa Almond whose journey to the north was not quite as lengthy as that of her Australian peer. Now based in Norwich Lisa has previously lived in Cornwall and Canada but this is her first stay in the Scottish Highlands.
     

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