Events Calendar

Art Exhibition: At home and abroad @ Elgin Museum
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – May 10 @ 4:00 pm

At home and abroad

Mary Byatt

Saturday 30th March 2019 – Friday 10th May 2019

Sketch of stone archways, by Mary Byatt

Mary Byatt took up botanical illustration about thirty years ago, towards the end of her career as a biology teacher.   She has studied under several recognised botanical illustrators, notably Claire Dalby, Mark Fothergill, Michael Hickey, Jane Cockburn, Christopher Grey-Wilson and Jenny Jowett.    She had a one-man show in Gordonstoun in 1993 and has also exhibited at Logie Steading Art Gallery, Broughton Gallery by Biggar, the McEwan Gallery at Ballater, and Just Art in Fochabers.   In 1996 she gained a gold medal at a Royal Horticultural Society show in London for a series of paintings of rhododendrons of Blackhills, Lhanbryde.   Since then she has also been awarded silver-gilt, silver and bronze medals by the RHS.

Painting in oils is a more recent venture, inspired by Tony Campbell and Peter McLaren and this resulted in a one-man shows in the Elgin Museum in 2008 and 2014. Since the death of her husband, David, in 2012, Mary has been on several painting holidays to Italy, tutored by many artists including the renowned portrait painter, Fiona Graham-Mackay.


The Moray Society AGM 2019 @ Elgin Museum Side Hall
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Moray Society AGM 2019

Friday 26th April 2019, 6.30 pm – 7.00 pm

AGM 2019 Papers (pdf 212KB)


Meet the Artefacts – Cheese & Wine Evening @ Elgin Museum
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet the Artefacts – Cheese and Wine Evening

Friday 26 April 2019, at 7.30 pm

Elgin Museum building

Elgin Museum would be delighted if you would accept an invitation to our fundraising evening. Your chance to see, and hear about, rarely seen artefacts, the plans for the coming season and to view the changes that are taking place in the museum.

Free entry – donations welcomed.

Elgin Museum thanks you for your continued support.

May 4 all-day

The Museum will be closed to all visitors on Saturday 4th May 2019 as we are hosting a wedding.

We will be open as usual on Monday 6th May 2019.

Art Exhibition: Textiles in Time @ Elgin Museum
May 18 @ 11:00 am – Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm

Textiles in Time

Avril C. Clark

Saturday 18th May 2019 – Friday 28th June 2019

Pomegranate, textile art by Avril C. Clark

Avril C. Clark was born and educated in Glasgow, and qualified from Glasgow School of Art in Textile Design in 1976. Since moving to Moray in 1978, she has been involved in both Secondary and Primary sectors of Education, teaching Art and Design. She has regularly run evening classes in Fabric Crafts in Moray and, more recently, one day a week in Veronique’s of Elgin.

In 1988 Avril formed the Speyside Quilters group, a group that meets fortnightly in Fochabers with a membership of 30 adults who both provide and attend various Creative Textile Workshops.

Making the most of the “Social Media” revolution, Avril now likes to share her various textile activities on Instagram.

In recent years, Avril has exhibited with Speyside Quilters, Fochabers; Highland Quilters, Inverness; The Warehouse, Banff; The National Patchwork Championships, in Ascot and Perth; Just Art, Fochabers; sixStitch, Inverness (Oct-Nov 2002) and Peebles (March-May 2003); Moray Art & Design Teachers, Elgin (May 2004 & Nov 2005); The Moray Arts New Dimensions Elgin (June 2004) and Members exhibition (March 2005); Off The Wall, Delta Studios Larbert (Nov 2004); More Fabric Inspirations, Galashiels (July/August 2006). She has also had projects published in “Popular Patchwork”.


Jun 29 all-day

The Museum will be closed to all visitors on Saturday 29th June 2019 as we are hosting a wedding.

We will be open as usual on Monday 1st July 2019.

YOUNG MARVELS: Stomp into Summer – Drop-in Activity @ Elgin Museum
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Stomp into Summer

Drop-in Activity

Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Come and try out our new dinosaur themed art cart activities. Not a Young Marvel? Come along and join on the day!

Suitable for ages 5 plus, under 16s must be accompanied.

Free entry, donations welcomed.


Them Bones, Them Bones! – Family Activity @ Elgin Museum
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dinosaurs Week

Them Bones, Them Bones!

Family Activity

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Come and visit our fossil collection, and see if you can piece together the bones you’ll excavate from our dig boxes. Use them to inspire your own dinosaur skeleton to take home!

This activity must be booked in advance. To reserve your place, contact Jen Kelshaw at:

Under 16s must be accompanied.

Free entry, donations welcomed – must be booked in advance.


Art Exhibition: THE BOY FROM FULHAM, His Art @ Elgin Museum
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm


Vincent Butler

Saturday 6th July 2019 – Friday 16th August 2019

Labrador, painting by Vincent Butler

Vince was born in Fulham, London where he grew up. He was educated at a school in Chelsea and was influenced by his art teacher, Miss Eddins. After leaving school he worked in a studio in Soho training to become a lettering artist.

Then someone invented Letraset and computers so that was the end of that career. He remained in the display business working as a graphic artist in the exhibition industry.

He managed to form his own company painting pub signs. This company is still in existence and is now run by one of his sons.
After many adventures he joined the RAF. After passing the rigours of the Central Flying School he was posted to Edinburgh to take command of no 12 air experience flight. This was in 1990. He only intended to stay in Scotland for three years but as it is so nice in the summer he decided to stay and has been in Scotland ever since.

After retiring from RAF he decided to devote his time to painting animals in Oils. He is happy to accept commissions.
He works from good quality photographs which must be clear and sharp.


Elgin Museum – Summer Sunday Opening @ Elgin Museum
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

South facade of Museum facing onto Elgin High Street

Elgin Museum Summer Sunday Opening 2019

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Visit us this summer on Sundays throughout July, August and September 2019 (excluding Sunday 28th July 2019), and enjoy free entry to new and favourite exhibits.

Entry is free, donations are welcomed.

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