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Speyside distiller celebrating oriental links

The Kingussie-based malt plant, which is owned by whisky firm Harvey's of Edinburgh, made the connection through the Prince's Trust School of Traditional Arts
The Kingussie-based malt plant, which is owned by whisky firm Harvey's of Edinburgh, made the connection through the Prince's Trust School of Traditional Arts

A Speyside malt whisky distillery is celebrating its unlikely bond with the toast of Taiwan’s art scene.

Speyside Distillery has helped encourage the creative talents of youngsters from the Far East by funding charity scholarships at a London-based art school.

Now, five artists from the small island nation, which is east of China, have raised a glass to their friends in the north of Scotland as they take part in their first international exhibition.

The Kingussie-based malt plant, which is owned by whisky firm Harvey’s of Edinburgh, made the connection through the Prince’s Trust School of Traditional Arts.

Students who have been taught as part of the programme have subsequently designed artwork for its products.

John McDonough, chief executive of the global drinks firm, said: “Harvey’s of Edinburgh has a long relationship with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

“Every year, we sponsor a student from Taiwan or China to attend and gain a postgraduate degree by studying at the school in London.

“In return, the student not only gains a qualification, but the support of the company in artistic and creative ventures following graduation.

“The Taiwanese exhibition has been an example of that support, and these artists have been able to showcase their talent to some very important guests.”

The exhibition was held in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, which is home to a massive collection of contemporary art pieces.

Students who were sponsored by the distillery showed a selection of works in ceramics, tiles and drawings – all inspired by traditional design techniques.

VIP guests to the event had the opportunity to purchase works at an exclusive dinner.

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