In the last couple of years Alex and Polly have taken part in the Art Map Argyll project and have had a temporary exhibition of art work set up in the end of Alex’ workshop in the Steading. The exhibitions included work from both Alex and Polly, and the lovely Norman Rae, a local, Tayvallich, artist, who works in oils, (and I snuck some of my craft work ~ cushions, candles, and cards in too!)
Inspired by the success of this venture Alex and Polly decided that this year the exhibition would be open for the whole of the holiday season starting in June rather than just one weekend and rather than use the Steading again they would use the Victorian Barn. For many years the family has discussed the use of this barn and several possible plans have hit the dust. However, the current and seeming to be final, plan is to convert it in to an art studio/workshop. With three art/crafts people in the fanily it is space that is much longed for. But before that can happen – planning and permissions and builders all take time to arrange - they decided that a temporary space could be set up and they could gauge how successful it might be. I jumped on the idea too. All very exciting ~ but a LOT of hard work.
Many trips to the tip, the second hand shops, several bonfires, and shifting of 'stuff' to other 'home's' has taken place.
It used to be a cow barn and the cow’s names and feed instructions are still chalked up on the stalls.
A wooden feed trough
Iron tethering chains,