Our exciting Summer exhibition is nearly at an end. Thousands of people have already visited the much acclaimed show ‘I, Richard Waitt; Portraits of a Highland Clan’. Richard Waitt was commissioned by the Laird of Grant to paint members of his family and the castle retinue in the early 1700s. This turned out to be the biggest commission of a single family in Europe. We have brought back some of Waitt’s paintings to Grantown in the first ever exhibition solely dedicated to his work. You may not have heard of him, but you may recognise some of his paintings; in particular ‘the Piper to the Laird of Grant’ – an iconic painting that hangs in the National Museum of Scotland. Come and see this and many of his other works come home to Grantown for the first time since they hung together at Castle Grant.
We are working on next years offering; an exhibition that will explore the impact that World war one had on the people of Strathspey, we want to tell the stories from the point of view of both the people at the front and at home, but we need your help. If you would like to help us research topics related to this , if you have your own family story to tell or if you have any objects relating to this time, do get in touch.
We will be running a programme of events leading up to the exhibition that will help us gather these objects and stories helping to make the show represent our community.
We are delighted to host a book launch soon in collaboration with the Bookmark – Grantown’s fantastic independent book shop.
The Author Charlotte Peacock will talk about her biography of the great Nan Shepherd who wrote the much admired literary classic ‘The Living Mountain’
Nan loved the Cairngorm Mountains and wrote about them in her books, but wasn’t widely recognised in her lifetime – now she has been immortalised by her portrait which appears on the five pound note and many more people are recognising her genius.