Speyside Distillery is underlining its support of international arts in a unique collaboration with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA).
The distillery has, for several years, sponsored students of the London school founded and supported by HRH The Prince of Wales to teach, research and promote the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions.
Now five of these students, past and present, have been given the opportunity to showcase their work at the PSTA first International Exhibition in Taiwan.
As the capital of Taiwan, Taipei is home to an inspiring collection of contemporary art showcasing both Chinese and international art. VIP guests to the PSTA exhibition had the opportunity to purchase works at an exclusive dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with the menu created and cooked by a chef for the UK Royal family.
The exhibition features the work of Andrew Franks from England and David Gray from Scotland who were both Spey Artists in Residence at Dumfries House, where they created artwork inspired by the estate.
Artist Joanna Miller also has work on show. She says the chance for artists to be profiled in this way is a great honour that will help raise both the confidence and the reputation of the featured artists.
It’s just one of the exciting opportunities that has been afforded to her through the SPEY in 2016 – Joanna will also have an artist residency at Dumfries House stately home and has secured exhibition space at the Saatchi Gallery in London for five days in September 2016.
The other exhibitors are graduate John Chung who is back living and working in his native Taiwan and this year’s Spey student YungFeng Cong from China. They will be showing a selection of works in ceramics, tiles and drawings, inspired by traditional design techniques.
Speyside Distillery sponsors one student a year and will be seeking its 2017 candidate soon.