Broch’s Café Connect art show to run into July

Left to right, artists Valerie Duthie, Paul Woodburn, Ethel West, Isobel Gregory, Eileen Maitland
Left to right, artists Valerie Duthie, Paul Woodburn, Ethel West, Isobel Gregory, Eileen Maitland

Cafe Connect in Fraserburgh opened its first art exhibition with works from local artists on Tuesday, June 14 much to the delight of staff, project members.

Visitors to the café can view a wide range of media from acrylics on canvas, to fine art and photography.

It has also created additional gallery space to the area for artists looking to display works

Exhibiting artists include Valerie Duthie, Eileen Maitland, Ethel West, Paul Woodburn and Isobel Gregory who said: “It is a great opportunity to show my work locally in such a superb venue.”

The exhibition will be open to the public Tuesday to Friday from 9.15am to 3.15pm until the end of July.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Gurudeo Saluja, said: “The café provides a fantastic training facility for disadvantaged adults or those with disabilities and has gone from strength to strength since it opened.

“To see the project develop into a gallery space is good news for the wider community too as well as the creative industry.”

Vice-chair Councillor Carl Nelson, added: “The café allows service users to gain training in new skills and work experience in a community setting and is leading the way in this area.

“It is an excellent example of partnership working and provides real opportunities for people to develop their skills.

“I am sure the new gallery space will attract more people to the café too and wish the exhibition and future events every success.”

Cafe Connect is a joint initiative run by Fraserburgh Community Web and Aberdeenshire Council Social Work Adult Day Services.

Jemima Chillingworth, a day centre officer at Aberdeenshire Council based at Cafe Connect, said: “The cafe has been open to the public for over a year and Fraserburgh Community Web has been able to purchase a professional picture hanging system with the help of a grant from Banff and Buchan Arts Forum.

“This now means we now have open one of the few gallery spaces in central Fraserburgh.”

Stephen Brown, chairman of Fraserburgh Community Web Ltd, said: “The artistic exhibition in the cafe is the start of a welcome additional dimension to the project of Cafe Connect. The support for local artists that this gives, together with the wonderful pictures on the cafe walls, will ensure the premises become more widely known and more fully used.

“We are also keen to hear from artists who would like to show their work in the gallery so that the cafe can continue to have different exhibitions throughout the year.”

Project member Andrew Macmillan, said: “The new pictures really brighten the place up and seem to bring more people into the cafe.”

Rosie Sutherland added: “Cafe Connect is light and clean and we are all happy working here, the artwork makes the place seem extra specially beautiful.”

Fellow project member Jenny Donald said the pictures were “amazing”.

Cafe Connect serves sandwiches, homemade soup and home bakes and promotes healthy eating. Members of the public can use PCs and internet access as well as being able to view artwork too.

If you are an artist looking to exhibit please contact Cafe Connect on 01346 511202 or email info@visitfraserburgh.com.