VAU are passionate towards creating lasting relationships with the public to create a more engaged acknowledgement and appreciation of art in an exciting manner. We strive to find opportunities as well as let our members put forward ideas and proposals which would continue to reinforce our priorities of engaging everyone in some of artist practice.

Outlined below are a selection of exhibitions and projects we have facilitated in our aim to develop our passion for spreading the joy of art around the country.

Pearce Institute Doors Open Day

Visual Artist Unit hosted an open doors workshop on the themes of found materials, mindfulness and the everyday as an inspiration and a constraint. Read a fantastic write-up of the event on CreativeCarbonScotland which can be found here!

North Lanarkshire Schools Projects

As part of our Public Engagement Programme, VAU were approached by the Arts and Literary Guild in North Lanarkshire to provide a workshop programme for Drumpark, Carnbroe and St Patrick’s Primary Schools in October. VAU Artist Members Stuart Noble, Jon Nicolson, Paul Corbett, Laura McGlinchey, Emma Rogers and Edwina Bracken were involved in delivering the projects for Drumpar, Carnbroe and St Patrick’s through November to January. For each school, VAU were commissioned to deliver a final piece to be displayed in an exhibition to be held at the Tudor Hotel in February 2015.

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Coast Arts Festival 2015

VAU were welcomed to host events at the Banff and MacDuff Coast Festival 2015. The annual Sandcastle competition  was hosted by members Laura McGlinchey and Rachel McBrinn.

‘Shadowplay’, a series of workshops on the theme of shadow puppetry for children hosted by Stuart Noble and Jenny Johnston.

North Lanarkshire Youth Arts Festival 2016

VAU were delighted to take on the opportunity of running the established North Lanarkshire Youth Arts Festival in 2016. 16 Schools in the North Lanarkshire area submitted incredible work to be exhibited in the Tudor Hotel of Airdrie. The exhibition taking place over 2 days, hosted artist speakers as well as awards for various pupils for their commendable work.

The Festival was kindly sponsored by Patersons Quarries Ltd.