Aberdeen Art Gallery offers shoppers the chance to get their hands on history with Union Square promotion

Shoppers at Union Square will have the chance to get their hands on a slice of history this weekend when a small display of treasures from the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums collection goes on show.

Visitors will be able to get up close to a treasure box of real objects connected to famous sons and daughters of the Granite City, including singer, songwriter and activist Annie Lennox and pioneering photographer George Washington Wilson.

A selection of Christmas cards from the collection will shine a light on Christmases past as part of the display, running from Thursday to Sunday, November 18

A reproduction of the iconic painting To Pastures New by Sir James Guthrie, which is both internationally acclaimed and locally loved, will also be on display. The actual painting has been seen by visitors to galleries around the world during the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment. It is currently at Aberdeen Treasure Hub, awaiting transportation to pastures new at the revitalised gallery.

The team will be highlighting three ways the public can support the Inspiring Art and Music fundraising campaign for the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Remembrance Hall and Cowdray Hall – all of which would make an ideal Christmas gift for lovers of art and music.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman, said: “November is when many of us begin our Christmas shopping in earnest. These wonderful seasonal objects will delight visitors to Union Square and remind us that Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections in the United Kingdom.

“From Autumn next year more of these treasures will be displayed in new and engaging ways for all our visitors to enjoy in the stunning surroundings of the gallery".

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