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 adult’s and children’s categories.

The adult winner was a drawing by Lorna Stillie from Yorkshire, she 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. More details can be had from Ruth Mae on 820373 or from the Arran Open Studios website

Gregor Gunaydi from Arran and aged nine was selected as the winner in the children’s category for his drawing of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. No_B50biscuit01

Lorna Stillie from Yorkshire won the adult category with this detailed drawing of an outdoor scene. No_B50biscuit02

Elegantly simple, the runner up in the postcard competition. No_B50biscuit03