Many hands con­trib­ute to the bis­cuit tin ini­tia­tive

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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.’

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Many of the post­cards car­ried a bis­cuit theme while oth­ers in­cluded draw­ings.

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An ex­hi­bi­tion of BTI con­tri­bu­tions on dis­play at Brod­ick li­brary.

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A con­tri­bu­tion from a 10 year old from Moscow and the USA.

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