Arts and Crafts

The Moray Firth attracts artists and crafts people inspired by the beauty of the environment, the rich history and mythology and the wealth of natural materials. There are many galleries and studios to visit, training courses to participate in or simply finding your own inspiration in the landscapes and history of the area.

There a number of crafts guilds in Highland, Moray and Grampian, including Weavers Spinners and Dyers, Feltmakers, Embroiderers, Lace Makers, Quilters, Basket Makers, Potters and Jewellery Makers to name but a few!  The Scottish Arts Council provides a list of craft guilds throughout Scotland and their main contact details.

Here are some links to art and craft organisations and information to get you started!

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. They distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

Aberdeenshire Arts
This site is your gateway to information about the arts in Aberdeenshire. It is maintained by Aberdeenshire Council's Arts Development Team.

Peter Anson Collection
Peter Anson was an artist and author who devoted his life to his interest in the sea, fishing, and the Church. The Anson collection was housed within the Buckie Library but the gallery has now closed. However a catalogue of the paintings is available in the Buckie Library, both in printed and computer format. You can search this catalogue free of charge. Alternatively you can request the loan of a copy of the catalogue on CD from the Museums Service, or from libraries in Moray. Many of Peter Ansons paintings record life and events around the fishing ports of North East Scotland including Buckie and Lossiemouth. His work is a unique historical record as well as an artistic one, which had an attractive and distinctive style based on his original architectural training. If you have an enquiry relating to the Peter Anson collections, please contact Moray Council Museums Services.  You may also like to visit the online exhibition

Peter Anson Painting of Portessie 1973 Steam Drifters with Nets Down, c. 1921, painted in 1973

Source: http://www.moray.gov.uk/museums/anson/painting.html