Unique gift ideas are waiting at East Dunbartonshire's two Christmas Exhibitions

Tuesday, 1 November, 2022

Xmas candles in a tinFinding some unique Christmas gifts locally has never been easier as two free exhibitions selling bespoke festive gifts are running in East Dunbartonshire right up to Christmas.

The ever popular Christmas Art & Craft exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch will open its doors on Saturday 5 November while the greatly anticipated Christmas exhibition at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie kicks off a week later on Saturday 12 November.

Visitors to both exhibitions will find an interesting selection of unusual gifts, including a wide range of arts & crafts from local craft makers, handmade jewellery, ceramics, scarves, candles, woodwork and textiles.

At the Auld Kirk Museum, this year’s guest artist is Etta Dunbar. A diverse range of her paintings and craft works - all for sale - will be on show. These include beautiful, landscape paintings of Scotland and a selection of her beautiful handmade scarves and jewellery pouches will be for sale

Angels on a glassAt the Lillie Art Gallery, visitors will be able to enjoy the work of invited artists such as Michael Durning, Stanley Bird, Ruth Greer and Fiona Clasen, and local applied artists like Sally Walkinshaw, Anne Morrison and Pauline Muir to name but a few.

Jim Neill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, "The Christmas exhibitions at the Auld Kirk and the Lillie have become part of the festive build-up in East Dunbartonshire.

"I always enjoy them as they showcase bespoke, unique and handmade products that you'll be excited to wrap ready for the big day. Every year we hear from visitors about how much they enjoy the exhibitions, and we get many comments on the high quality and range of gifts on offer.

mugs with thistles "These exhibitions are a great way to start off your Christmas shopping in the welcoming and festive atmospheres of the Auld Kirk Museum and the Lillie Art Gallery.

"I urge local people to come along and support the artists who have worked very hard to make the exhibitions so special."

Here is everything you need to know:

  • Lillie Art Gallery is in Station Road, Milngavie, G62 8BZ (Tel 0141 956 5536) and is open Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday morning. The exhibition runs from Saturday 12 November until Thursday 22 December 2022.
  • Winter scene card and mug with robin on branchAuld Kirk Museum is in Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HN (Tel: 0141 777 3013) and is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. The exhibition runs from Saturday 5 November  until Thursday 22 December 2022.
  • Entry is free and booking is not required 
  • Check out each venue's website for visitor information.

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