Scottish whisky distillery Glengoyne has teamed up with one of the country’s top contemporary artists to raise money for The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Campus Appeal.
John Lowrie Morrison (better-known as Jolomo) will paint four seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery. They will be printed on limited edition whisky gift tins and released annually, one a year, until the appeal ends in 2019.
Glengoyne Single Malt will make a donation to the appeal set up to help The Glasgow School of Art recover from the damage caused by a devastating fire that ripped through the Mackintosh building in 2014.
The first in the series, ‘Autumn Moon over Glengoyne’, was officially unveiled yesterday at The Glasgow School of Art in Renfrew Street. The four-year project is expected to raise approximately £50,000.
Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Glengoyne, said, “As one of Glasgow’s local whisky distilleries, we wanted to contribute to the recovery of this iconic building, helping to secure its legacy and future creative talent.
“Jolomo has been very enthusiastic about the project since the start and his first painting was completed earlier this year, inspired by autumn, with shades of orange and gold bursting from the canvas. We believe the Glengoyne 10 Year Old limited edition Jolomo whisky tins have global appeal.”
Jolomo is himself a former Glasgow School of Art student and has a great love of the Dumgoyne Hill landscape that surrounds the picturesque Glengoyne Distillery.
He said, “When I was asked to be involved in this project with Glengoyne and The GSA, I jumped at the chance, not just because it was for our dear Mack’s restoration but because in 1967 when I was in my first year at the GSA, I spent some time sketching along the old Blane Valley Railway Line near my parent’s hut at Carbeth.
“Also in 1971, I won a Landscape Scholarship from The Royal Academy Schools London and spent part of my Scholarship time drawing and painting Dumgoyne Hill which I used for the painting. I just love the way the past connects with the present.”
The limited edition tins, each containing a bottle of the classic 10 Year Old from Glengoyne, will be available to buy online for £35.49 from www.glengoyne.com, from the distillery shop and specialist and independent retailers.