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A right royal venue - Drum Castle opens gallery space

Drum Castle Interior.
Drum Castle on Royal Deeside, one of the National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Unique Venues for Corporate Entertaining’, has launched a new gallery space with a very special exhibition of contemporary artworks on loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery.
One of Scotland’s oldest intact castles, dating from 1323, Drum’s elegant public rooms are ideal for receptions of up to 150 guests and dinners for up to 50. The South Lawn also offers added flexibility for larger marquee events. The new gallery will add a unique dimension for corporate events by offering guests the opportunity for private viewing of over 20 stunning modern portraits and installations.

The bespoke curated exhibition on the theme of ‘Human Presence’ will run for two years while Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment, ensuring some of the attraction’s key pieces of contemporary art remain accessible to the public. Works range from ‘Highly Sprung’ by Julia Douglas, a dress made from 12,000 clothes peg springs, to Ken Currie’s ghost-like portrait ‘Gallowgate Lard’. These will complement historic works from the Castle’s own collection, including masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds and Henry Raeburn.

Rebecca Sloan, national hospitality manager, National Trust for Scotland, said: “With Aberdeen Art Gallery closing for a major redevelopment, and the Drum Castle team planning to restore the original long gallery to open it to the public, the timing was perfect for us to enter into this exciting collaboration. We are proud to be hosting such a prestigious collection of late 20th century work which has already been described as a ‘hidden gem’ by some of our corporate clients.”

Drum Castle combines medieval history, Jacobean romance and Victorian opulence to striking effect and is within easy reach of Aberdeen.

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