The 2013 Heartwood exhibition in Blairgowrie this month proved to be a hit with visitors.
Around 400 visitors spent time at ‘Heartwood 2013: Between Nature and Being Human’, a contemporary art trail in the grounds of Monkquell on Brucefield Road, throughout the nine-day Perthshire Open Studios event.
Visitors – from as far afield as the Highlands, the Borders and even Sweden, France and the USA – were invited to walk through the woods in search of the 12 artworks that were made in response to the site.
The sixth annual exhibition was curated by a group called the Heartwood Artists and comprised unique sculptural artworks installed throughout the woodlands at Monkquell.
This year, five members of the Heartwood Artists group – Fanny Lam Christie, Kyra Clegg, Su Grierson, Shona Leitch and Martine Foltier Pugh – were joined by guest artists Chris Biddlecombe, Kevin Dagg, Hannah Imlach, Susheila Jamieson, Duncan Robertson, Nigel Ross and Claudia Wegner.
East Perthshire-based Nigel Ross, who creates large abstract sculptures in wood, told the Blairie: “The invitation to be part of this year’s Heartwood exhibition has given me the chance to experiment and try something a bit different from my usual work practice.”
Blairgowrie-based artist Fanny Lam Christie added: “Two ladies spent more than an hour in the woodland and emerged to tell us that they were ‘blissed out!’”