To honour of Archie's invaluable contribution to Scottish art and education, a Trust Fund has been set up in his name to fund awards to individuals or projects that promote the arts in South West Scotland.
The Fund is administered by Archie's nephews, Alan and John Watt, together with Trustees Valerie Sadler, Dawn Henderby, Hugh Bryden and Hazel Campbell.
To date, a wide range of projects have been funded including art equipment to several primary and secondary schools in the region; assistance to Spring Fling over three years to fund a young graduate mentoring award and a schools poster competition; and a residential weekend for art teachers from Dumfries and Galloway.
As our newsletter number 4 outlines there are two major events planned for 2015. click here
Author Christopher Andreae was commissioned by the Trust in 2014 to produce essay for a new book which will be richly illustrated. The writing and research is slowly coming together and the Trust plans to launch this important new text at the Wigtown Book Festival in 2016. Anyone with contributions of stories,(particularly relating to Archie's teaching) or images of interesting works can contact us through email until the end of February 2016.
Archie's work will also feature in a Print Collective Exhibition for Spring Fling in May 2016 at the Bankend Studio Kirkgunzeon, and the Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright still has a small selection of work available to view on request. The Trust continues to support ongoing projects like Spring Fling Young Artist Bursaries and there will be more news on an exciting art education project to follow in the spring.