A group of artists from Aboyne in Scotland who for a few years had exhibited locally decided that a larger and more varied exhibition would be beneficial to the area. To achieve this the committee applied to "AWARDS FOR ALL" for a grant to proceed, which was awarded in 2004. Artaboyne was born.
After a successful 12 years this decision has been proved a good one as it has attracted between 4,000 – 5,000 visitors annually.
The exhibition is held in the Victory Hall, Aboyne. This historic hall is a fantastic venue. A high vaulted ceiling giving a dignified atmosphere for all the artistic work on display. The committee invite artists resident in the North East of Scotland to take part. An average of 50 artists exhibit 300-500 works. A diversity of creativity is on display includes ceramics, stained glass, woodturning, textiles, metalwork, photography, jewellery, sculpture, paintings in all media.
Artists mostly work in isolation, this meeting of like minds is the opportunity for artists to display and discuss their work with each other and with the visitors. All the work is for sale and once purchased is replaced with new work. This means the exhibition is constantly changing, always worth a second visit.
There is an area set aside for refreshments. The ideal place for a quiet cup of coffee, tea with biscuit (compliment of the artists) relaxing amongst the art on display.
Entry to the exhibition is free although donations are appreciated. There is ample free parking, disabled access.
Artaboyne runs from 16th July to 13th August 2016 and is open 10am – 8pm daily.