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

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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.

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