Each year from June to September, community-focused arts charity, Moray Art Centre, hosts a vibrant Summer School, taught by award winning artists and tutors – attracting both local art enthusiasts and international visitors alike. This years’ tutor collective offers a selection of 5-day immersive workshops, exploring everything from clay sculpture, landscape and seascape painting, textile weaving, printing, botanical book making and more.
The Summer School is positioned to appeal to those looking to enjoy a creative holiday at Findhorn Bay, as well as locals who wish to spend 5 days alongside like-minded art enthusiasts, or those looking to try something new in a place which is on the ‘must visit’ list for many nature lovers nationwide.
A truly inspiring location for the senses, Moray Art Centre is situated in an ecologically, purpose built space, which includes four artists’ studios and three gallery spaces. The centre also has an established surrounding garden, where many of the Summer School students choose to work from, to experience the wellbeing benefits of creativity out in nature.
The board and volunteers at Moray Art Centre aim to make art accessible to all people in Moray and beyond. Bill Austin, Trustee says: “Moray Art Centre’s Summer School has established itself as one of the highlights of the cultural year. This year, we are pleased to offer a varied programme of 12 visual arts workshops, led by some terrific tutors from years past but also introducing some new and exciting faces to the region.”
Previous Summer School bursary receiver, and fourth year Moray Art School student, Erin Matheson shared: “Being given a funded place at the 2021 Summer school hugely impacted my creative development. Studying BA (hons) in Fine Art at Moray School of Art and having the opportunity to attend a 5-Day Portrait Painting workshop, led by Alan Davies, really paved the way for the practice I have now. From never painting in oils before, to it becoming my sole medium right to the end of my degree, it allowed me to find my style”.
– 5 Day: The Yarn Retreat with Lynda Buchan (5 June)
– 5 Day: Still Life Outside the Box with Owen Normand (19 June)
– 5-Day: Abstract Figurative with Olivia Irvine (3 July)
– 5-Day: Expressive and Intuitive Celia Forestal Smith (10 July)
– 5-Day: Botanical Book Making with Susie Wilson (17 July)
– 5 Day: Painting the Presence of the Sea with Alison Johnston (24 July)
– 5-Day: Portrait Painting in Oils with Allan Davies (31 July)
– 5 Day: Watercolour Landscapes with Rob Wigham (7 August)
– 5-Day: Hand building with Clay with Vera Bohlen (14 August)
– 5-Day: Exploring Paint Outdoors with Jonathan Shearer (21 August)
– 5 Day: Lino, Landscapes and Linens with Hayley Anderson (28 August)
– 5-Day: The Sculpted Head with Halla Gunnarsdottir (4 September)
For more information on the courses please visit: https://www.morayartcentre.org/summer-school-2023
About the 2023 Bursary Scheme:
For 2023, Moray Art Centre would like to offer 12 fully-funded places to anyone who struggles to find the means to join the 5-day Summer School but would love to be part of one of the 12 workshops available.
One fully-funded place per Summer School Workshop.
Application is by informal email to Moray Art Centre, regarding why you would like to join the 5-day workshop that speaks to you, and why this subsidised place will help, in your current circumstance.