Banchory Art Trail 2021 - we plan to run this event from April, all being well.

A community based project by Banchory and District Initiative using violins as a base to create individual artworks linking to local heritage, landscape or folklore. The artworks will be displayed as part of a Trail in host locations around Banchory giving the artists a platform to display their work, while as a community supporting our local businesses by encouraging people to visit and engage with each piece of the Trail.

The Violins will be available to purchase via auction in the Autumn, details to follow.

Roselyne O’Neill – Aberdeenshire artist often inspired by local heritage, history and lore


Crathes Castle and it’s heritage is a big part of Banchory. Within the castle, the Muses Room houses the painted ceilings of the Nine Muses. They are the inspirational Greek goddesses of Classical Entertainment, bringers of inspiration to artists, musicians and writers. At Crathes the Muses are depicted with musical instruments which is unusual. I chose to incorporate Euterpe – Muse of Music, Calliope – Muse of Epic Poetry and Trepicher - Muse of Dance into my design. The front of the violin shows a painting of Crathes Castle foremost within a decorative border of lavender (Deeside Lavender) random musical notes and some decoration derived from the painting within the castle walls. The sides are also decorated with pattern found in the Muses Room. The back of the violin is painted with seven thistles illustrating D. Morrison’s Seven Thistles composed by Scott Skinner. It is said Dee Morrison was a keen gardener, upon marvelling at the great show of thistles he declared he would write a tune, this tune is played at Ceilidhs to this day. Above the thistles I painted Trepicher the Muse of Dance. The Muses are said to echo the harmony to which an individual should aspire connecting Scott Skinner with the heritage of his hometown.


I read and learned a great deal about Crathes and it's paintings from the very informative and interesting book 'People & Painting, The Story of Crathes Castle' which is available to purchase in the Castle shop or online

https://burnett-store.myshopify.com/collections/books-publications-media/products/people-painting-the-story-of-crathes-castle

Violin, painted violin, Crathes Castle, visitaberdeenshire, castle painted ceilings, tempura, renaissance
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Violin detail with reference book People & Painting The story of Crathes Castle

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Violin detail with reference book People & Painting The story of Crathes Castle

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