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‘Echoes of Orkney’ By Tom Nugent

The paintings of Orcadian artist Tom Nugent will be exhibited at Orkney Museum from Tuesday 9th of February to 26th of March.

Tom Nugent said:

“This series of interconnected canvasses explores Orkney’s historic and ancient narratives – its myths, legends, stories and events– setting them in modern Orkney landscapes.

“A key part of this project is the specially developed ‘Orkney palette’ that conjures the air of stillness and reflection in Orkney’s twilight and sunrise, through which the featured narratives reverberate.

“I’d like to thank Orkney Island Council for their support through the VACMA fund that allowed me to create this exhibition which marks a return to painting after a long absence.”

‘Echoes of Orkney’ by Tom Nugent will be on display in the Orkney Museum from 9 February – 26 March. Opening hours and visitor numbers are still restricted to comply with Covid-19 laws. The museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday every week, from 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. The number of visitors is limited to eight people at any one time until such time as Covid-19 laws are changed. Admission to the Orkney Museum is free.

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA)

Emma Gee, Arts Officer with Orkney Islands Council, explains more about the VACMA fund for artists: 

“Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) offers small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development at all stages of their career. These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council.

“In place of previous VACMA awards, this year fixed bursaries are available in recognition of the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on individual artists and makers. For further information regarding eligibility you can watch the online presentation at www.creativescotland.com/VACMA .

To find out about previous artists who have received funding, visit the Case Studies section at: https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/S/case-studies.htm

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