Angus Arts prepare for next BIG event

The hills in the glens will be used for inspiration
The hills in the glens will be used for inspiration

A local Angus charity group, Angus Arts, is set to host its next event of the ‘Be Inspired Glenesk’ campaign on Sunday (July 7).

The event, called ‘Top of the world’, is part of a new project that was launched in May

‘Be Inspired Glenesk’ (BIG) offers people the chance to get involved in fabulous outdoor arts adventures running once a month throughout the summer.

Virginia Aspinwall, who will be leading the workshop alongside Maria MacDonaell, explained: “We will go into the hills where we can see as far as we can see and beyond!

“We are walking as outdoor artists enjoying the colours, the clouds moving, the wind in the grasses and heather, the shapes of the hills and the patterns made by the heather burning, the sound of the water running, the feel of what its like to be up there.”

She added: “We plan to reach the old peat bogs where the landscape changes and takes on mysterious forms.

“We will get out our drawing materials to create dynamic hill-top art.

“The day is for all ages - many children are strong walkers and the trip will be fascinating and engaging all the way.

“We will be staying on footpaths and it will not be all that many miles, uphill at the start but downhill at the end. Please do enquire about age suitability.”

Those participating at the event will gather at the Glenesk Retreat before setting off.

Virginia continued: “People need to be at the Retreat at 10 a.m. for the start of this exciting adventure.

“The group will be guided elsewhere to start the walk.

“Bring a packed lunch, or one can be ordered in advance from the Retreat. It is important to book in advance and to be prepared for all weathers. Phone at any time with enquiries and to book.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is suitable for all ages and the cost is £8 (under eights must be accompanied) with a family discount available.

Further BIG adventures, all of which are made possible by funding from the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme, will take place over the coming months as follows:-

Sunday, August 11 - ‘Lighter than air’ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 8 - ‘Dens, nests and mysterious marvels’ from 2 to 4.30 p.m.

Sunday, October 6 - ‘The biggest picture of all. Grand finale’ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To book a place at the event, please telephone Angus Arts on 01674 850842 / 01356 648669 / 01356 670304 or email

Glenesk Retreat is situated nine miles up Glenesk from the B966 Edzell to Fettercairn Road.