Prize-win­ners take the bis­cuit

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The win­ners of this year’s Bis­cuit Tin Ini­tia­tive, held as part of the Ar­ran Open Stu­dios (AOS) week­end, were an­nounced at a re­cent meet­ing of the is­land arts col­lec­tive.

As a fun ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages art, and far re­moved from the stresses of or­gan­is­ing their usual an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tions and the stu­dio vis­its, the AOS Bis­cuit Tin Ini­tia­tive has risen in pop­u­lar­ity de­spite only be­ing in its se­cond year.

The con­cept is de­light­fully sim­ple blank post­cards and draw­ing ma­te­ri­als are left at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Ar­ran, and on the main­land, in a Pater­son of Ar­ran bis­cuit tin. Passers- by, vis­i­tors and peo­ple with a lit­tle time on their hands are in­vited to share a med­i­ta­tion, write a poem or make a draw­ing and post it in the Pater­son’s tin as a re­sponse to a mo­ment of reverie or re­flec­tion.

The re­sult­ing 120 draw­ings and 30 po­ems/med­i­ta­tions, com­ing from as far afield as Syd­ney, Poland, Canada, Devon and some from Aberdeen were ex­hib­ited at Ar­ran Ac­tive, Brod­ick, in the up­stairs ex­hi­bi­tion space. From this se­lec­tion, or­gan­is­ers se­lected two wor­thy win­ners from the adults’ and chil­dren’s cat­e­gories.

The adult win­ner was a draw­ing by Lorna Stil­lie from York­shire, who won ei­ther a re­turn ferry ticket for a car and two adults or an Ar­ran pro­duce ham­per. (She has yet to choose.) The chil­dren’s cat­e­gory was won by Ar­ran’s own Gre­gor Gu­naydi, aged nine, who won an Aquafine trav­el­ling art set which was pre­sented to him.

Or­gan­is­ers were once again de­lighted with the pub­lic re­sponse to this quirky arty idea and look for­ward to it con­tin­u­ing and grow­ing next year.

At the meet­ing, dates were also con­firmed for next year’s Ar­ran Open Stu­dios event which will take place over the week­end start­ing on Fri­day Au­gust 2 un­til Mon­day Au­gust 5, 2019. Late in Jan­uary a call will go out for any artists, new or old, who would like to par­tic­i­pate. De­tails can be had from Ruth Mae on 820373 or Open Stu­dios web­site www.ar­ra­nopen­stu­dios.com

Gre­gor Gu­naydi from Ar­ran, aged nine, was se­lected as the win­ner in the chil­dren’s cat­e­gory for his draw­ing of the Cale­do­nian MacBrayne ferry.

Lorna Stil­lie from York­shire won the adult cat­e­gory with this de­tailed draw­ing of an out­door scene.

El­e­gantly sim­ple, the run­ner up in the post­card com­pe­ti­tion.

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