Artist in Residence appointed at the Highlanders’ Museum

The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) is delighted to announce Robyn Woolston from Newtonmore will be our Artist in Residence from January – June 2017.

Robyn will respond to our World War One collection  and produce an exhibition of art work including pieces by children from a local Primary School. She will bring to life some of the interesting stories and characters which exist in the original letters, diaries and photographs kept by Highland soldiers during the conflict.

The aim is to help the children and adults to understand what life was like for a Highland soldier on the battlefront during the conflict.  We hope to encourage comment on the collection and to inspire people to learn more about the stories through research in our archive. We will also have a series of ‘maker days’ and a temporary exhibition of the finished artwork.

Education Officer, Gill Bird “We are really excited to take on our first ever Artist in Residence at the Highlanders’ Museum and are looking forward to seeing the collection in a new way and sharing the stories and ideas with our visitors.”

Robyn Woolston is a fine artist with a great deal of experience producing artwork exhibiting, collaborating and working with children and adults from many different backgrounds and in many different settings – most recently as Artist in Residence at Penrhyn Castle in north Wales.

 Artist, Robyn Woolston Fort George provides a fascinating and vital opportunity to engage with both the heritage, stories and architecture of The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection). It’s an extraordinary commission that should illuminate a series of novel responses to the World War 1 displays and archives alongside engaging the local community on a creative journey of exposition and place-making.”

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