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Freefall author Adam Hamdy set to thrill in Kinross

Thriller fans can enjoy An Evening With Adam Hamdy at FREE event hosted by Culture Perth & Kinross at Loch Leven Community Library in Kinross next Thursday, November 30.

The acclaimed screenwriter and author of the Pendulum trilogy will discuss his successful career and read from his latest book Freefall, which features John Wallace.

Crime writing legend James Patterson described Pendulum as “one of the best thrillers of the year”, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and WH Smith Travel. Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. Adam is currently adapting Pendulum into an eight-part series for Hardy, Son & Baker and NBC Universal.

Freefall, the second book in the Pendulum series, will be published by Headline in November 2017. It has been described as a “thrill overload” with one critic saying, “It’s a fabulous thriller, with a very contemporary spin. Excitement guaranteed”.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London. He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman.

An Evening With Adam Hamdy on Thursday, November 30 from 7.15-8.15pm is Culture Perth and Kinross event for adults only at Loch Leven Community Library. Tickets are FREE but booking is essential via the website www.culturepk.org.uk or by phoning 01577 867205.

Monarch of the Glen goes on display at Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Perth art lovers will be able to enjoy one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings when The Monarch of the Glen goes on public display this Saturday (November 25, 2017) from 10am.

Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 masterpiece will visit Perth Museum and Art Gallery for a seven-week period between November 25, 2017 and January 14, 2018.

The Fair City dates are part of a nationwide circuit which also includes Paisley, Inverness and Kirkcudbright. The tour is being funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The magnificent 1851 painting of a stag set against a Highland backdrop had been on long-term loan to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh for 20 years before owners Diageo decided to put it up for sale for the first time in 100 years.

However, the 163.80 x 168.90 cm oil-on-canvas was saved for the nation after the drinks company struck a deal with the National Galleries of Scotland to sell it for less than half its £10 million valuation. It was acquired by the Galleries in March after a global fundraising drive to keep the painting in the country.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, said:

“I am delighted that Perth Museum and Art Gallery has been chosen to host this iconic painting which comes with such a rich history and cultural significance. It underlines Perth’s ability to host these big name travelling exhibitions and I am sure The Monarch of the Glen will be a big draw for art lovers across Perthshire, Kinross-shire and beyond.”

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said:

“Thanks to the generosity of The National Lottery and the Scottish Government we are able to take this fantastic picture across the country to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support that we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland. We hope that it will be admired and debated by audiences across the country. Inverness was a great success and I’m sure the painting will attract plenty of excited visitors to Perth”.

Alongside this majestic painting, Perth Museum and Art Gallery will be taking the opportunity to display other works from the permanent collection including the much-loved Loch Katrine by Horatio McCulloch in an exhibition that explores the reality behind the romanticised vision of the Scottish landscape and wildlife of the 19th Century. Other works in the exhibition focus on the Highland Clearances, Clans, hunting and the coming of the railways.

The exhibition will be supported by a programme of events and activities that will offer a range of audiences an opportunity to explore and enjoy the artworks, and to engage with debates surrounding issues of history and identity raised this by national icon.

The positives of negativity: new Perth exhibition celebrates revived Victorian photography technique

A new exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating a photography technique which makes positives out of negatives – quite literally.

The Perth exhibition, which is shown in lowlight to make the most of the fascinating images on display, features one of the local pioneers of wet plate collodion photography, Perth-based Magnus Jackson. The work of Jackson – some of it displayed in lightboxes – sits alongside a selection of some of the best contemporary followers of the historic technique.

The wet plate collodion process, which has undergone a recent revival, is a technique dating back to the Victorian era which exposes individually hand coated plates whilst still wet.

A free launch event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 17th November will give the public the chance to join in a discussion with  contemporary wet collodionists who are also part of the exhibition. They are:

Brittonie Fletcher, who has exhibited internationally and is displaying work from her 2012-13 project recording musicians and customers at the famous Sandy Bells folk bar in Edinburgh.

David Gillanders, an award-winning photojournalist whose fascination with the wet collodion process of image making began with a small Victorian ambrotype he received as a gift.

Dave Hunt, a Perthshire based photographer who combines the collodion process with a more contemporary style of image.

Alex Boyd, a widely exhibited photographer and curator based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland whose work explores remote and northern landscapes.

Jack Lowe, a photographer and RNLI enthusiast who has recently passed the 100 mark in his ambitious and sometimes gruelling project to capture all 237 RNLI lifeboat stations on glass plate.

Jenny Kinnear, Head of Museums and Collections at Culture Perth and Kinross, which delivers services to galleries and museums across the region, said:

“We are excited about this innovative exhibition, which takes a local, historic story and brings it right up to date. We encourage visitors to see for themselves the story of Magnus Jackson and the impact which the wet plate collodion technique has had on today’s photographers and artists.”

What: The Magnus Jackson Photographer exhibition

Where: Perth Museum & Art Gallery

When: Until 3rd March 2018. Free launch event from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 17th November will include a discussion with the exhibition’s contemporary artists, and free refreshments.

Tickets: Entry to the exhibition and launch event are free. Please register for the launch event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-magnus-jackson-photographer-tickets-39222926830
More information at http://www.culturepk.org.uk/

For further media information contact Gillian Drummond at Volpa on 01738 700138, 07490 259009 or g.drummond@volpa.co.uk

Photo caption: Tree portrait by Magnus Jackson
More Magnus Jackson photos available here: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fk47d2y4kk4x5as/Magnus%20Jackson.zip?dl=0

Keep your ears open as Culture Perth & Kinross launches The Big Listen

Culture Perth and Kinross this week launched The Big Listen 4 to collect feedback from locals and visitors who use the area’s libraries, museums and archives.

The project will run for six weeks, from Monday, October 16 until Saturday, November 25, 2017, and will gather information via focus groups, online questionnaires, participatory events and discussion to help continuously improve services and plan for the future.

The results of the project will be reported on in January 2018.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, said:

“The Big Listen 4 is a large-scale consultation with our users and more especially people who don’t currently use our services or who have stopped using them in the last few years.

“It will help inform the service developments and improvements within Culture Perth and Kinross helping ensure our future services are reflecting the needs and interests of our communities.

“This year the focus is on engaging libraries, archives and museum users – plus people who used to visit them but for some reason have stopped. We’re looking to get a feel of the impact of our services on people’s lives and get their thoughts on how we can make them better. We want to know why people do use our services, and why they don’t use them anymore or as often as they might.”

Going forward, Culture Perth and Kinross wants to highlight the full range of services, particularly in the area’s libraries.

Helen Smout added: “People who haven’t used their local library for a while will be surprised by our range of services. Members can access free wi-fi, computers and the internet. They can also tap into a huge selection of e-audio books, e-magazines, e-reference and online resources for adults and children. There’s even a free library App which gives access to library information, and of course there are traditional newspapers, magazines and thousands of books.

“The libraries teams also co-ordinates book groups, author talks and signings, exhibitions and special events geared at children. Plus there are impressive local studies resources and a network of mobile libraries covering the rural parts of Perth and Kinross not served by a community library building.”

 

Calling all Scottish artists: Entries now open for the 2018 JD Fergusson Arts Award (travel)

Culture Perth and Kinross is searching the country for talented Scottish artists to apply for a prestigious annual arts award.

The 2018 JD Fergusson Travel Prize – worth in the region of £3000-£4000 – offers a wonderful opportunity for artists looking to boost their career or take an inspirational break to develop personally and professionally.

Previous winners have travelled to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the Antarctic.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, explained: “The JD Fergusson Arts Award Trust aims to encourage promising Scottish artists at a timely moment in their careers by giving an annual award.”

Awards are given in alternating years for exhibition (development and production of new work) and travel (research and development exhibition).

Helen added: “The 2018 Travel Prize is very much aimed at artists looking for the freedom to develop their ideas and travel to their chosen destination to research and develop their artwork.”

The award is open to artists working in any visual arts discipline, within the following criteria:

  • If you were born in Scotland or have spent more than half your life resident in Scotland.
  • Any professional training undertaken was completed three years ago or more.
  • Any awards or support received (e.g. residencies, grants) within the last two years were not over the value of £1,000 on any one occasion.
  • You are not an elected member of any of the major award giving artistic bodies, e.g. RSA, RSW.
  • You have not previously won the JD Fergusson Arts Award.

An example from the resulting body of work will be selected for inclusion in the Fergusson Gallery’s permanent collection in a gallery dedicated to the artist on Perth’s Tay Street.

The last Travel Prize winner was Jennifer Argo, a visual artist, illustrator, sculptor and graduate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, who received £4,000 to finance a two-month working trip to New Zealand.

Jennifer studies the structure of nature on a large and small scale, from constellations and sites of special geological interest, down to those of neural cells, molecular tissue and botanical structures.

Her proposal to undertake a period of research and exploration in New Zealand, to gather imagery and gain inspiration from its unique landscape stood out for the judges, and dovetailed with the national theme of Innovation, Architecture and Design for 2016.

Following her journey to New Zealand, Jennifer created new sculptural and illustrative work as well as architectural installations and habitats.

To view images of her work and projects go to www.jenniferargo.com

To enter or for more information visit www.culturepk.org.uk/museums-galleries/the-fergusson-gallery/jd-fergusson-arts-awards-trust/

 

Culture PK’s Helen Smout talks about the grand design for Perth City Hall and Museum and Art Gallery at special event

The multi-million pound project to transform Perth City Hall and bring the legendary Stone of Destiny to the Fair City of Perth has been hitting the headlines worldwide this year.

And one women who knows more than most about the grand design for Perth’s cultural offerings is Helen Smout, Chief Executive Officer of Culture Perth & Kinross.

She will be talking about her career and sharing some fascinating insights into the project when she addresses members of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network this month as part of the ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series.

There are still some tickets left for this fantastic event on Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8pm in Perth Museum and Art Gallery which is open to members of the public (both men and women) as well as PBN members.

Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman added: “Tickets are selling extremely fast for this event so I would advise members and non-members to book now to avoid disappointment.

“PBN is delighted that Helen has taken time out of her busy working week to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ talks series. It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from this inspirational businesswoman and I hope her career journey will encourage more women to aim for top jobs in both the public and private sector.”

Helen will also look back at CPK’s highly successful first year which has seen footfall rise in Perth and Kinross’ museums and key libraries. She will also update members about the progress of the ambitious projects to transform Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery into modern cultural venues better able to showcase the county’s incredible collections to their best advantage.

She will also talk about her career path which has seen her progress through the public sector ranks to a position overseeing million pound budgets and hundreds of staff.

Helen Smout said: “I am honoured to be invited along to address PBN members. I am very impressed by the work the organisation does to support and encourage female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.”

Tickets cost £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website (www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk). The event runs from 6-8pm and includes an informal buffet supper and the chance to network before and after.

Culture PK’s Helen Smout talks about the grand design for Perth City Hall and Museum and Art Gallery at special event

The multi-million pound project to transform Perth City Hall and bring the legendary Stone of Destiny to the Fair City of Perth has been hitting the headlines worldwide this year.

And one women who knows more than most about the grand design for Perth’s cultural offerings is Helen Smout, Chief Executive Officer of Culture Perth & Kinross.

She will be talking about her career and sharing some fascinating insights into the project when she addresses members of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network this month as part of the ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series.

There are still some tickets left for this fantastic event on Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8pm in Perth Museum and Art Gallery which is open to members of the public (both men and women) as well as PBN members.

Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman added: “Tickets are selling extremely fast for this event so I would advise members and non-members to book now to avoid disappointment.

“PBN is delighted that Helen has taken time out of her busy working week to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ talks series. It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from this inspirational businesswoman and I hope her career journey will encourage more women to aim for top jobs in both the public and private sector.”

Helen will also look back at CPK’s highly successful first year which has seen footfall rise in Perth and Kinross’ museums and key libraries. She will also update members about the progress of the ambitious projects to transform Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery into modern cultural venues better able to showcase the county’s incredible collections to their best advantage.

She will also talk about her career path which has seen her progress through the public sector ranks to a position overseeing million pound budgets and hundreds of staff.

Helen Smout said: “I am honoured to be invited along to address PBN members. I am very impressed by the work the organisation does to support and encourage female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.”

Tickets cost £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website (www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk). The event runs from 6-8pm and includes an informal buffet supper and the chance to network before and after.

Culture Perth & Kinross CEO Helen Smout is guest speaker at PBN’s ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series

With a career spanning arts and culture, childcare, and a stint as library services manager, Helen Smout has been working towards the role of CEO for Culture Perth & Kinross (CPK) her entire life.

The driving force behind the county’s newly-formed cultural services organisation is the latest prominent business name to share the secrets of her success at Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network’s (PBN) ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series on Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8pm in Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Helen will look back at CPK’s highly successful first year which has seen footfall rise in Perth and Kinross’ museums and key libraries. She will also update members about the progress of the ambitious projects to transform Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery into modern cultural venues better able to showcase the county’s incredible collections to their best advantage.

She will also talk about her career path which has seen her progress through the public sector ranks to a position overseeing million pound budgets and hundreds of staff.

Helen Smout said: “I am honoured to be invited along to address PBN members. I am very impressed by the work the organisation does to support and encourage female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.”

Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman added: “PBN is delighted that Helen has taken time out of her busy working week to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ talks series.

“It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from this inspirational businesswoman and I hope her career journey will encourage more women to aim for top jobs in both the public and private sector.”

Tickets cost £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website (www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk). The event runs from 6-8pm and includes an informal buffet supper and the chance to network before and after.

For more information about Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) or for comment, please contact Alison Lowson on 0758 409 3354 or by email a.lowson@volpa.co.uk

‘Wonky Pop’ sensation Featherwest headline ‘Wild Nights’ at Perth Museum Late

Eccentric, electro-pop sensations Featherwest will headline the second Museum Late event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery next month.

The Glasgow-based trio of Iwona Denton (synth and vocals), Kev Dunne (drums) and Ryan Denton (guitar and synth) have been described as “eccentric indietronica meets wonky pop”.

“We kinda wish we lived in Twin Peaks,” says Iwona, who says the band are “really chuffed” to be invited to headline the Museum Late: Wild Nights extravaganza on Friday, October 6.

Featherwest have played with LA’s Mini Mansions, the LA band featuring Queens of the Stone Age’s Michael Shuman (and involving Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys). The versatile band – who also toured with Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend), have headlined King Tuts Wah Wah Hut with Baltimore’s Sun Club, performed a sell-out show at Celtic Connections and wowed audiences on BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway show.

Earlier this month, the trio entered Chem19 studios with Mogwai producer Paul Savage to work on album sessions for their September 2017 album launch.

The adults-only, after-hours Museum Live event is also an opportunity to see both the highly-acclaimed Louise Bourgeois Artist Rooms, and the 150 years of Perthshire Society of Natural Sciences exhibitions.

There will also be:

  • DJ set from Simon Duncan (Weekend Wind Down on Heartland FM).
  • Creepy-crawly handling with Zoolab.
  • Craft beer from Inveralmond Brewery.
  • A Silent Disco.
  • Tours of ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, which delivers and develops museum and library services across the county, said:

“Museum Late has been hugely popular in bigger cities like Edinburgh, London and Berlin, and Culture Perth & Kinross is delighted that the concept is really firing the imagination in Perth.

“The first Museum Late was held in May to tie in with the groundbreaking Picts and Pixels exhibition and this latest event will again transform Perth Museum and Art Gallery with music and light for a unique party atmosphere to showcase Louise Bourgeois Artist Rooms exhibition. This is sure to be a must-see for locals, and a big draw for out-of-town visitors.”

Museum Late: Wild Nights runs from 7-10pm on Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets cost £10 (adults), £8 (sudents/concessions) and £30 (group of four ticket). The event is strictly adults-only and booking is essential. Follow the link www.culturepk.org.uk/whats-on/museum-late-wild-nights/

Through the Curtain exhibition starts the countdown to the re-opening of refurbished Perth Theatre

The curtain rises on the much-anticipated Perth Theatre exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery today (Thursday, July 13, 2017).

The Through the Curtain showcase is the culmination of the ongoing Memory Collective volunteer programme which has been recording the history and heritage of Perth Theatre while the landmark venue is closed for refurbishment and redevelopment.

Through a range of initiatives, with volunteers, community groups and schools, the Memory Collective has been carrying out research in the theatre archives and recording oral histories ahead of the exhibition.

Exhibits on display at Perth Museum include a selection of costumes from Perth Theatre Costume Archive, some models by acclaimed theatre designer Alexander Reid from the PMAG collection, a working sound-desk and an interactive stage-set.

A spokesperson for Perth Museum and Art Gallery said: “This exhibition is guaranteed to bring back some great memories for those people who know and love Perth Theatre. We also hope it will whet the appetite for future performances before the Theatre officially opens later this year after its multi-million pound revamp.

“Meanwhile, Perth Theatre is also the focus of a new exhibition in Perth’s AK Bell Library from October 11, 2017, coinciding with the re-opening of Perth Theatre. Drawing on material from the Perth and Kinross Archive, the exhibition will look at actors and productions down the ages.”

Through the Curtain runs from July 13 – September 24, from 10am until 5pm, at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Entry is free and it’s suitable for all ages.