Wondrous Whales and Windy Sails take shape at Arbuthnot Museum

A colourful collection of artwork and handmade models is due to sail into Aberdeenshire Council’s Arbuthnot Museum on Friday, January 25. Created by members of Buchan Day Opportunities (formerly Willowbank), the display is inspired by the unique whaling and Inuit artefacts on show in the museum.

Including paintings, collages and an enormous six metre model of a whale, all the work on display has been created over the last six months. Alongside the artworks, an on-going igloo building project will take place on site for schools and visitors, tying in with the Inuit artefacts in the museum’s collection. Built out of recycled plastic milk bottles, the igloo will be large enough to allow at least one adult and child to crawl inside.

Councillor Anne Stirling, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee commented: “Wondrous Whales and Windy Sails is the first exhibition to benefit from our new Annual Community Showcase, an opportunity for community groups and individuals to display their work at the museum during the first part of each year. It’s great to see members of the community engaging with the service in this way and we would like to encourage others to get in touch with ideas for community exhibitions in future years.”
Una Simpson, Day Service Manager at Buchan Day Opportunities said, “We're really proud of what the people we support can achieve and for their art work, craft work and drama skills to be on display and highlighted is absolutely fantastic. What we’ve put together is all inspired by the museums collection and we hope it will be a big draw for schools and visitors from across Aberdeenshire.”

The display is on show from Friday 25 January until Saturday 16 March 2019. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Arbuthnot Museum on: 01779 477778. The facility is open from 10am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 3:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat (closed Wed and Sun).

As part of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s ‘New Year, New You, New Us’ campaign, our sports facilities, libraries and museums are throwing open their doors on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January to host a wide range of free taster activities, including the opening of this special exhibition. There will also be some special opportunities to see local musicians performing during the celebratory weekend. At Banchory Museum Callum Geddes will be performing piano and voice, and at Peterhead Library, Morag McCormick will be playing the piano, both on Saturday 26 January from 12-2pm. Search for all the events taking place at facilities near you at: http://bit.ly/LLAlaunchevents