The Nairn Book and Arts Festival’s Online Open Exhibition will run from 12th Sep to 26th Oct this year and submissions are invited from artists in the North and North East of Scotland and Islands, with the deadline of Mon 7th Sep.
This year’s theme is time and tide. All media are welcome, and there is no entry fee nor commission. The selling exhibition will be hosted at www.nairnfestival.co.uk/gallery as part of the Tide In, Tide Out online festival (12th /13th Sep), which replaces what would have been the 17th annual live festival. This will feature talks by writers including award winning author and poet Gerda Stevenson (Quines), and Inverness-shire based crime writer G R Halliday (Dark Waters); there will be poetry readings, an open art exhibition, music and art workshops, portrait-sketching via Zoom, virtual tours, and online workshops by critically acclaimed authors for local schools. Further attractions include a virtual behind-the-scenes look at work in progress at Nairn’s fine art bronze foundry, Black Isle Bronze, while Fèis Nairn will contribute a short film giving a taste of the talents of local Fèis musicians. Plus there will be ‘virtual visits’ by author Helen Sedgwick (When the Dead Come Calling) and author and illustrator Kate Leiper (The Buke of the Howlat, An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures).
Full details and a downloadable programme are available on the Festival’s website.