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Creative talents on display at Delgatie

By Kirsty Brown

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Delgatie Castle, near Turriff, is to be the venue of an exhibition celebrating the creative talents of people in Aberdeenshire.

From this Saturday until May 29, the outdoor exhibition will display the work of a variety of creatives from around the north-east.

The event has been organised by former Turriff Academy pupil Megan Thores, who is currently in her final year of studying communication design at Gray’s School Of Art in Aberdeen.

As part of one of her university projects Megan set up AB53 Creatives to recognise the vast amount of creative talent in her local area, which includes a podcast where she chats with creatives about their work and their journey.

Talking about her project, Megan said: “I found through my time at university there was a lot of mention about moving to the big city.

“This was something I never saw in my cards and led me to create AB53 Creatives.

“I wanted to show people just how much creativity can be found in Aberdeenshire and how successfully people are doing!

“From silver smiths to weavers, I had some amazing chats whilst making the platform’s podcast episodes, but we aren’t stopping with a podcast!

“I am extremely excited about our outdoor exhibition.

“The amazing work of creatives from or based in Aberdeenshire and some students of Gray’s School Of Art will be on display within the grounds of Delgatie Castle.

“AB53 creatives are hosting an outdoor exhibition within the grounds of Delgatie Castle, Turriff, from May 15 to 29.

“Each creative has been asked to make a visual response to their practice on locally sourced wood and these will be hung in the grounds of the castle to allow the public to view the exhibition.

“I will be there on Saturday (May 15) to celebrate the opening so please come and say hello, or come along in your own time and enjoy the work.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Delgatie Castle for allowing us to host the exhibition.”

While this is an outdoor event please be mindful of social distancing and other precautions to allow everybody to feel safe while attending.

Through the podcast, which can be found by searching for AB53 Creatives on Spotify, Megan has to date shared the stories of a variety of independent artists from the north-east including Kirsty’s Sketchbook, artist Fiona Michie, Louise Mair Studio, silversmith Megan Falconer and home decor influencer Mark Cunningham.

You can learn more about AB53 Creatives by visiting their Instagram page at www.instagram.com/ab53creatives.

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