Our first love has always been art, so back in 1987, we opened Tolquhon Gallery near Aberdeen as a place where people could get to know the best Scottish contemporary art in a relaxed setting. Several hundred artists, a clutch of awards, and countless exhibitions later, the gallery has made a name for itself as a showcase for established modern masters and the country's best emerging artists. You can now enjoy all our exhibitions online but do please come and say hello at the gallery.
We feel very fortunate to be able to select and curate beautiful art for a living, and we are always on hand and happy to discuss the work on show.
Danny and Joan Ross
The gallery is set in the public rooms of a large Victorian farmhouse in the Aberdeenshire countryside, with an extensive garden for displays of sculpture.
We are less than half an hour from the city of Aberdeen, and just a few hundred yards from the famous ruins of Tolquhon Castle, maintained by Historic Scotland. Within reach is the dramatic North Sea coast with its shape-shifting sand dunes and quiet fishing villages.
We chose a domestic setting for the gallery to give an idea of how a painting or sculpture might look in your own home or garden.
We hold around six main exhibitions each year—large mixed exhibitions, group shows and solo shows. As well as paintings, original prints and sculpture you will find ceramics, studio glass, wood and jewellery. We represent several hundred artists and we are always happy to discuss their work.
You are officially invited to our exhibition openings. These sociable events are always held on Sunday afternoons. Meet the artists and be first-in-line to see some of Scotland’s best new art in a relaxed setting.
There’s always wine and soft drinks. In summer you can enjoy summer cup and local strawberries, and in winter, our famous homemade mince pies and mulled wine.
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Even the most obscure record in a music collection is likely to be owned by a dozen others. But art? Art is unique.
Our advice? Buy the art you love. Buy the art that reminds you of childhood holidays, of your daughter, your brother, the flowers that grow in your garden. Buy the painting that makes you smile, that is beautiful to you, that makes you feel inspired.
Then it will always be valuable.