Experiment to promote Montrose artist William Lamb’s studio declared a success

One of the sessions at the studio.
One of the sessions at the studio.

The first ever special Christmas period open day at the Lamb Studio was declared a great success.

The open day was an experiment but a number of new Friends were recruited and the daily visitor number was the highest the studio has seen for well over a decade.

Friday, December 10, was the date of the first of a series of cross-cultural events planned for the Lamb Studio running towards the Friends’ 40th birthday in 2017.

The ensemble Mars in Aquarius provided music that ranged from Brahms to Stockhausen and these were mingled with poetry readings of, among others, Hugh MacDiarmid, whose portrait bust by Lamb overlooked the whole experience.

William Lamb, possibly Scotland’s finest ever sculptor and certainly one of Montrose’s most notable artists, was interested in music too, and it was suggested that he would have been amused to see one percussion improvisation being “played” on the walls of his studio that he built for himself in the early 1930s and gifted to Montrose.

Throughout the musical experience, visitors were able to view the outstanding collection of Lamb’s artworks, sketch, chat and enjoy seasonal drinks and nibbles.

It was described as an “exceptional” day with plenty of “buzz” to disperse the winter blues. Friends chairman Norman Atkinson said that the day confirmed the need for more Friends activities in the Studio throughout the year and events to bring in new members.

He welcomed the success of the new Friends Gift Membership scheme launched at the beginning of December.

For further details on how to become a William Lamb ‘Friend’ and for studio opening times contact Hilary White, Secretary, on 01674 671043.