28 April 2016


The Glenfiddich Distillery is proud to announce the fifteenth year of its acclaimed International Residency Programme. Once again eight visual artists from around the globe are preparing to each spend three months in residence at The Glenfiddich Distillery. Next week will see the first of them start to arrive and as ever it is shaping up to be an eclectic year.

Painting promises to be at the fore of this year’s residency, being the chosen media for three of our residents. Inspired by stories from classical antiquity and eastern philosophy, the craftsmanship of great traditional masters is very much a hallmark of Korean MinJoon Park from Korea as is his ability to incorporate a contemporary twist in to his paintings.

Equally striking are the emotive and atmospheric canvases of Norwich based Lisa Almond, who is looking forward to the light and big skies of the highlands providing inspiration for her residency.

Working predominantly on canvas but also in sculptural works, Subir Hati, the recipient of this year’s Glenfiddich/BestCollegeArt Emerging Indian Artist award, describes his output as design art, where his recognition that design is a by-product of utility leads him to attempt to put the essence of art back in to design.

Drawing, painting, sculpture and journal keeping will provide the main output for Eleanor King, the twelfth visual artist to be selected from Canada. Eleanor has elected to attempt to spend her residency using only technologies and materials that would have been available at the turn of the 20th Century. With the aim of applying this across all aspects of her life while in residence one of the main deciding factors in her choosing 1900 was the knowledge that she could at least still enjoy a dram of 12 year old Glenfiddich!

Our long running relationship with the Canadian art world is echoed in Taiwan with new media artist Lin Kun Ying becoming the twelfth artist from Taiwan to join the Glenfiddich residency programme. With his creative concepts directly addressing ideas of Utopia, Kun Ying employs cutting edge technologies and his composite video installations promises to provide a strong counter point to Eleanor’s old school low tech approach.

A freshness for 2015 will be provided with the participation of Joan Ross, our first artist in residence from Australia. Working across the platforms of video animation, print, sculpture and installation, Joan is best known for her reconfiguration of the Colonial Australian Landscape, with a particular focus to first contact and the complex issues surrounding this that still are evident in Australia today.

Although still a young artist Shanghai based Hu Weiyi, is already recognized as having a seasoned and mature approach to his use of space, concept and external extension of information. Considered to be a rising star of new media art, Hu also has a number of solo shows to his credit, the most recent ‘Flirt’ being held in Shanghai’s M20 art space.

We are also pleased to continue our relationship with the Royal Scottish Academy and their annual New Contemporaries exhibition which celebrates the very newest talent to emerge from Scotland’s five art schools. Through the re-use and recycling of objects disregarded of their original purpose and function Emily creates large scale works with a bold and challenging aesthetic informed by human instinct and her strong personal interests in the outside world and survival skills.

As in previous years the artists will be displaying their new works in a series of exhibitions scheduled for our Gallery at Glenfiddich. These are July 29 till August 21. August 26 till September 18 and September 26 till October 9. The gallery is open between 12.30 and 5.30 each day except Mondays and Tuesdays