Don’t miss the National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Northern Lights’ exhibition at Drum Castle.
The castle is now open every weekend and visitors can see some key pieces of contemporary art on loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.
The exhibition features more than 30 paintings and sculptures along with some digital video and includes works by John Byrne, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, John Bellany, and SJ Peploe.
Drum Castle property manager Dr Alison Burke said: “Northern Lights spans four centuries of art from 17th century paintings to contemporary DVD installations. The collection shines a light on key works on loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery while it remains closed for refurbishment.”
An area of the castle which has, until now, been unseen by the public has been specially adapted to host the works. The area, originally the castle’s long gallery, latterly the property manager’s accommodation, has been transformed into a museum-standard gallery.
Dr Alison Burke, continued: “When we found out that Aberdeen Art Gallery was going to be refurbished, and we were looking at developing a gallery space, we thought it would be amazing if we could bring some of the art work here.
“This is an exciting and innovative partnership. Drum dates back to 1323 and is one of the oldest intact castles in Scotland. Visitors can now take a journey from the art and artefacts of the old castle to our amazing new gallery with seminal artworks featuring mid to late 20th century figurative painting and contemporary installation works.”
The building is part Jacobean mansion, with a 700 year old medieval tower attached. The castle has long connections with the Irvine family who maintain close links with the property and live nearby.
It has a fine collection of art, music and provides a fascinating insight into the life of one of Aberdeenshire’s most historic families, their staff and a way of life which is now almost extinct.
Drum will also be hosting its annual ‘Holly Fest’ event where visitors can enjoy seeing the castle decorated for Christmas and pick up a beautiful holly wreath. There’ll also be an indoor market, festive music plus the elves toy factory. Visit the website for dates and more information.
Drum Castle, Garden and Estate is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland and is one of more 100 properties which the conservation charity promotes and conserves for the benefit of the nation.
Drum is situated 10 miles west of Aberdeen off the A93 and is set in extensive grounds with walks, an adventure play area, tearoom and shop.