Many hands contribute to the biscuit tin initiative
The Arran Open Studios weekend was once again a resounding success with their newest innovation, the biscuit tin initiative, being particularly successful and receiving a large amount of entries.
The initiative allowed visitors and residents to contribute by making a drawing, poem or sharing a reflection on the cards provided in the Paterson of Arran biscuit tins left at 12 locations across the island. Organisers have been delighted that this idea seems to have inspired so many with dozens of submitted cards being filled with verses, musings and sketches.
One contribution to each of the 12 tins was received by post from Whithorn artist Jack Sloan, whose imagination was particularly stimulated by the initiative. Contributions, coming from far and wide, have included poems, inspirational words and a few self portraits. Some chose to write a short verse, odes to loved ones or even finely drawn landscape scenes. Unsurprisingly many of the submissions carried a biscuit theme with one professing their love for biscuits while another was in memory of a favourite artist. While some obviously spent a great deal of time making detailed sketches some of the contributions were simple images of people places and objects, many including boats.
The response has been so positive that organisers are considering opening next year’s initiative to artists across Scotland. An exhibition of some of the cards received are on display in Brodick Library where visitors are invited to look at and read and see how other people have spent their time filling in the postcards, either alone or over a coffee or a pint.
The Arran Open Studios weekend was held from August 11 to 14.
A spokesman said: ‘We would like to thank all of the venues that lent space for the biscuit tins, to Paterson of Arran for donating the tins and supporting the event and to all those who contributed thoughts or sketches.’
Many of the postcards carried a biscuit theme while others included drawings.
An exhibition of BTI contributions on display at Brodick library.
A contribution from a 10 year old from Moscow and the USA.