Forum exhibition at Grathes gallery

ARTISTS in South Aberdeenshire are showing their work at the Kincardine and Deeside Arts Forum exhibition and competition which runs until 2pm on Sunday ( May 9) at The Milton Gallery, Crathes.

Wednesday, 5th May 2010, 11:30 am

The competition awards - sponsored by various local galleries - were presented to the following: Marie Shaw (The Milton Gallery award for 3D work); Rebecca Park (The Platform 22 award for first-time exhibitor); Beverley Black (Larks Gallery Award); Mary Welfare (The Knock Gallery Award) and Wendy Harmon (The Lost Gallery Award). Highly Commended works include paintings by Mark Grundy, Mary Welfare, Melina Skaloudova and Angela Arnold.

In addition to these awards, the Forum has been actively encouraging younger artists to exhibit and has given a prize to a young Banchory artist, Katherine Bruce, in the '16 - 20 years' category with a 'Highly Commended' mention to another young artist, Alasdair Duncan.

The 'Young Artist Award' has been given in the name of the late Deeside artist, Timmie Penny, who was a keen in promoter of local art and who co-ordinated this exhibition for several years.

A trophy will be presented at the close of the exhibition for the work voted 'The People's Choice' by visitors to the event.

The Arts Forum offers grant aid for arts projects to groups and individuals via its Community Arts Grant Scheme, regularly giving grant funding to young musicians, drama students and dancers but, to date, grant applications from young visual artists have been low. With the introduction of the Young Artist Award, the Forum hopes that awareness of funding opportunities for the visual arts will be raised in the area.

To find out more about the work of the Forum and to download a grant application form, log on to www.kdaf.org .