Andy Fairgrieve’s journey of mixing art with alcohol
Global Curator and Organiser of Glenfiddich Artists in Residence programme, Andy Fairgrieve shares his journey of mixing art with alcohol
Graduated from Aberdeen University in 2004, Andy Fairgrieve has been a Dufftown resident for the past 12 years. Andy feels that there has been a dramatic change in his life since he got involved in Glenfiddich Artists in Residence programme that acts as a bridge to the art world.
Today he is the sole organiser of the everexpanding global art programme and believes in creating art from trash and convert it
into something meaningful. According to Andy, art has no language, it can speak to you in obnoxious ways and can capture humanity of love.
Andy has been shaped, moulded and created by the experiences he had in past while working in a publication house, a construction company and in an agriculture field. Now working in a distillery is altogether a different experience. “It is more like combining mortal and immortal. Production of whiskey in distillery is a scientific process whereas creating art is magical. Connection with art seems enriching as a component of atmosphere and as it speaks to every individual differently,” feels Andy.
The man, who enjoys anything that is absurd, ludicrous or ridiculous, says that humour is the best emotion to buid connections, and therefore it plays an important role. Talking about judging the variety in art pieces, Andy suggests, ‘It is essential to understand the creative thought process and to be able to visualise the artists’ proposals not just as finished pieces but the paths needed to make them a reality.” The Artists in Residence programme has developed into an integral element of Glenfiddich’s tradition. Every year since 2002, some of the world’s most creative minds have been invited to live and work for a period of three months on site at the Glenfiddich Distillery. The artists have complete freedom to develop projects that are inspired by their surroundings and whiskey making crafts. In fact, the programme has seen many contradictory themes explored due to the dual nature of the surroundings - rich, rural yet at the same time industrial.