ChairArt News

Tarland ChairArt 2020
12th - 20th September
This years ChairArt exhibition will be based in Tarland in September during North East Open Studios week and at the Tarland Food and Music Festival. If you would like to take part now is the time to start thinking of a plan. Look at the Gallery page for inspiration from previous years and contact us at our e-mail address (see Contacts page). Let us know that you are going to paint/decorate/make a chair and we will put your name on our e-mailing list .
ChairArt has been fun. It as brought out the wonderful creativity that we have in our communities in such abundance and it has helped to raise funds for some great causes. However, we think that it is time for a new idea and this will be ChairArt's last year. We are looking for new and original ideas for a Tarland based community art project. So let us know if you have any suggestions.
ChairArt 2020 will coincide with North East open studios. Because of the pandemic exhibition of the chars will be limited. They will be exhibited at the Tarland venue at Woodside of Melgum, Tarland from 12th to 20th September. Viewing will be by arrangement (phone 01339 80018 / 07815511618.) The chairs will, however be exhibited online on the ChairArt Facebook site. The chairs will be sold by live auction online as part of the Tarland Food and Music Festival on Sunday 27th September. Details will be posted on the Tarland Food and Music Festival website.  This year's charities are the Forgetmenot Club (dementia support group) and Books Abroad.

Tarland ChairArt 2019

2019's ChairArt exhibition took place during the North East Open Studios week in Tarland. We had 35 chairs and, once again, we had great variety, inventiveness and beauty. We were specially pleased to get chairs from Tarland Primary School, Banchory Academy and Camphill School. The chairs were collected in the square in Tarland for the Saturday and Sunday of the Tarland Food and Music Festival and were actioned on the Sunday afternoon. Rev Frank Ribbons was our auctioneer and he succeeded in selling all the chairs to raise £1500 for this year's charities - Tarland School and Books Abroad. Our thanks to all who took part and to those who so generously supported us

Tarland ChairArt 2018

ChairArt was based in Tarland in 2018.

Chairs featured as part of CreativeCromar across Tarland venues during North East Open Studios (NEOS) 8-17 September. The Red Chair Trail was an innovation guiding visitors around the village.


ChairArt was also a new feature at the Tarland Food and Music Festival from 28-30 September. The Final ChairArt Auction under the hammer of our very own Rev. Frank Ribbons was great fun and we raised over £2000 for local charities.


The ChairArt season ended with an exhibition at St Margarets Kirk in Braemar. Some of the Tarland chairs shared the space with chairs from artists in Braemar. Braemar school joined the project and contributed 15 wonderful chairs. You can see them all in the Gallery under "Braemar Art Festival". The Head Teacher, Jayne, said "the school embraced the project with an abundance of enthusiasm and creativity. The staff had to ensure that they were not taking part 'just for the fun of it' as all the tasks are required to have an educational element ... children were required to produce a plan, share ideas, agree on which design was best and then collaboratively produce a final product. The educational benefits are too numerous to mention. The evidence speaks for itself".

In 2018 our parent project in Italy completed its 9th year, with a permanent gallery in the town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in northern Tuscany
Our 2017 feature charity was the Forget Me Not Club based at Bennett House in Banchory.  Forget Me Not is a dementia support group. It continues to be a beacon of how best to support people with dementia and their families. They have continued to support ChairArt and this year helped make a link to Banchory Academy Art Department from where we received 8 wonderful chairs designed and delivered by students.
A sister ChairArt project started very successfully in Namsos, Norway. It was taken to Norway from Aberdeen by a former Aberdeen ChairArt artist Ingeborg Bodzioch. Find it at Stol po Kunst@stolkunst
Once again, thanks to Magpie Banchory who donated chairs in 2018 and are always a source of chair-finds to inspire.
Tillybrake Industrial Estate, Banchory