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Moray Art Centre is inviting entries for a design exhibition and auction in December

By Garry McCartney

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MAC board member Lucy Summers and artist Leah Davis with some of the colourful submissions that have been received so far.
MAC board member Lucy Summers and artist Leah Davis with some of the colourful submissions that have been received so far.

A LOCAL gallery and studio is inviting submissions for a community exhibition this Christmas.

Moray Art Centre’s ‘Secret Santa’ event throughout December will feature postcards designed and donated by members of the public, who, if their work sells at at auction, will be offered 12 months free membership and the benefits of an arts society.

MAC trustee, Harry Ross, confirmed postcard-sized (A6) work to be sold at the show does not have to be Christmas themed and should be submitted to Moray Art Centre The Park Findhorn IV36 3TA.

He said: “The exhibition consisting of postcards designed and donated by generous people like you will help us develop our work in the community and continue our outreach activities, such as wellbeing workshops and education work.”

It is hoped that submissions will reflect the breadth and diversity of creativity in the area.

“The A6 format is accessible,” added Mr Ross, “and less threatening for those who have just started making art. We want to include everyone. The event is called Secret Santa because the people who buy the works won’t know who designed them. The artist’s name will be on the back so buyers won’t know if they are getting a highly collectible piece by a well known artist or not. The value of the work is not the point. Getting involved and supporting the arts is!”

Already received designs include abstract pieces of oil on board, an etching of peppers, an abstract line drawing in coloured pen, and pen and watercolour sketches.

MAC held its first ‘Art and Wellbeing’ workshop last month in partnership with Wild Things and Moray Wellbeing Hub.

Mr Ross said: “We intend to hold more as this is an area the arts can get more involved with. We’re in discussion with local employers and groups to find out how we can help bring art to the heart of wellbeing activities. There are already activities ongoing at MAC from 2-4pm on Sunday afternoons. We’re also offering activities for the Moray Badge Scheme, and working with schools. We are trying to facilitate more visits as less covid restrictions make school outings possible.”

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