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Exhibition to showcase an unusual take on Scottish History

An exhibition which explores a number of pivotal moments in Scotland's history has opened at Duff House in Banff.

The Nation // Live is a flagship exhibition and pioneering project by the National Galleries of Scotland which saw community groups in five regions across the country paired with a lead artist to explore a particular theme within the context of the country's past.

Historical events, spanning themes including work, roots, union, faith and civil war, were tackled by locals of all ages from Skye, Inverness, Dumfries, Clydebank and across the central belt.

Working closely with professional artists and drawing inspiration from historic works of art held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's collection, community groups and individuals were challenged to create their own contemporary interpretation of some of these key moments, incorporating their own personal memories and stories into their final pieces. 

This is a truly unique project that explores history with a modern twist.  The artworks created will be on display alongside reproductions of works of art from the national art collection which inspired these modern interpretations.  Several schools have been involved, including Keith Grammar School which collaborated with Knockando Woolmill to create their own woollen panels, which were then joined together to illustrate their local environment and surroundings.

The exhibition also spans a number of multi-media platforms, including works that make use of video, music, performance and sculpture.  The centrepiece of the exhibition is a film that captures all five elements of the collaboration and features all the community groups involved.

This is the first time that the exhibition has been shown outside of Edinburgh.

Schools can access Duff House and its collections through Historic Scotland's free education visits scheme.

The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday 15th March, and is included within the admission price.

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