A PORTRAIT OF NAIRN

FREE! Your own head-and-shoulders portrait by local artists.   We’d also like to hear your tales of Nairn in your own words, and in your own language.

For an exhibition during the 2019 Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Sitters of 18+ years are invited for a 1-2hr sitting at the Laing Hall,  King Street on: Wednesday July 3, 5-9pm and Thursday July 4, 10am-5pm  

(Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.)

This is a FREE festival event, but donations are appreciated.

For further details please contact: Helen Wright Tel: 01667 452505 email: wrighth33@gmail.com

BID NOW for your ‘Bronze Ticket’ ticket to join a rare tour  of Nairn's fine art foundry Black Isle Bronze 



Tickets are being offered via silent auction to raise funds for Nairn Book and Arts Festival.  A total of 20 tickets are available to the highest bidders, with the tour of the Nairn-based bronze foundry - Scotland’s largest - taking place on the evening of Friday 21st June 2019.


The deadline for bidding is 14th June.  *Email your bid amount to Festival Co-ordinator Elle Tyler at info@nairnfestival.co.uk. All bids will remian strictly confidential.


Alexander Stoddart’s monumental sculpture of the great Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti will be a highlight – after being completed at the foundry this summer, it travels to its final destination in Indiana in the US.   Stoddart is Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland, and this bronze is his largest work to date. Other foundry clients include contemporary artist Gavin Turk, sculptor Laurence Broderick, and artist Leonie Gibbs;  the foundry also recently delivered the iconic War Horse memorial, now installed at Ascot. 

This is a fantastic chance for people to get an inside view of the incredible projects which staff at Black Isle Bronze foundry work on day to day  -   awe inspiring art works headed for destinations all over the world – and to be given a first-hand account of how they are created.

We are very grateful to Black Isle Bronze for this opportunity, which will, we hope, raise much needed funding for our festival events in September. We have an ambitious and creative programme planned - all will be revealed on 11th  June... 

For more information about Black Isle Bronze foundry visit http://www.blackislebronze.co.uk/

Nairn Book and Arts Festival will take place from 10th – 15th September 2019. 


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The Festival organising committee is in full on planning mode, as invitations go out to a carefully selected and exciting list of authors, poets, musicians and artists for the 2019 festival.

As ever, we'll be keeping the programme a closely guarded secret until 11 June, but watch this space for updates on pre-festival events, news about our Friends Scheme, and special offers!

If you want to get in touch with ideas or suggestions for this or future festivals, or if you'd like to help or sponsor us this year in any way, please email Elle Tyler, Festival Co-ordinator at info@nairnfestival.co.uk