Call to all artists, designers and makers inspired by the Celtic style
Groam House Museum is delighted to introduce a new website dedicated to the work of George Bain (1881-1968) and the application of the Celtic style across contemporary art, craft and design.
The new website provides free digital access to the George Bain Collection, allowing people to discover, appreciate and study Bain’s innovative work. A Scottish illustrator, watercolourist, designer and art teacher, his vision and advocacy of a living, creative Celtic craft continues to influence and inspire interest in Celtic art today.
You may be already aware of George Bain through his book Celtic Art, Methods of Construction which is still in print. He was a master of original and new applications of insular art, promoting its use from the 1920s until his death almost 50 years later.
We aim to continue Bain’s objective of sharing the creativity of Celtic art and ask you to help us achieve this.
We invite you to join a new online community of contemporary creatives inspired by the Celtic style. Together we can build a rich online resource to showcase, discover and discuss contemporary Celtic art and design.
The community is free to join from anywhere in the world. We welcome emerging and established artists, designers, makers and craftspeople of all disciplines who work in a Celtic style or reference Celtic art.
Submission process: Our team of museum professionals, curators and artists review each submission. Please do only submit relevant work. Take time to ensure images are of high quality and the relevant information is provided.
Go to https://georgebain.groamhouse.org.uk for further information and to join.
Held by Groam House Museum, The George Bain Collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. In 1997 the Bain family chose Groam House Museum as custodians of George Bain’s archive. With financial support from Museums Galleries Scotland and Creative Scotland, we are digitising the archive and publishing it online. The website focuses on Bain’s large drawings from sources like the Book of Kells and Pictish cross-slabs. It also illustrates how he and his students applied their own forms of key pattern, knotwork and spirals to wood, leather, ceramics, textiles, rugs and memorial plaques.