Art At The Fife Arms

Art is central to The Fife Arms experience. As co-founders of the acclaimed global gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Iwan and Manuela Wirth have been passionately dedicated for many years to modern and contemporary art. More than 14,000 pieces including both antiques and specially commissioned artworks have been thoughtfully integrated into every room, corridor, and corner.

Special Commissions

Among these works are large-scale site-specific commissions by internationally-renowned artists from outside of Scotland – Zhang Enli, Guillermo Kuitca, Subodh Gupta, Richard Jackson and Bharti Kher. The reception also features a special Steinway piano that was creatively reimagined by contemporary artist, Mark Bradford.

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Highlights from The Fife Arms collection

These contemporary works are complemented by an array of mainly Scottish artworks collected for the hotel, from important paintings and drawings to prints, pamphlets, and caricatures. Highlights include a delicate watercolour of a stag’s head painted by HM Queen Victoria, a monumental 19th century mahogany and pine chimneypiece carved with scenes from the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns and paintings by Archibald Thornburn, one of Scotland’s finest wildlife painters.

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Artists in Residence

Over the last few years, a number of artists were invited to take up residence in Braemar and to immerse themselves in the surroundings. Scottish poet Alec Finlay was commissioned to create “gathering,” a poetic guide to the Cairngorms. Gideon Summerfield, a recent postgraduate from London’s prestigious Royal School of Drawing, has drawn portraits of some of Braemar’s 450 residents. Naturalist James Prosek designed the hotel’s striking coat of arms and the logo for The Flying Stag.

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Local Artisans

Many of the artisans working on the refurbishment of the hotel are from Aberdeenshire. The project was overseen by Crathie and London-based Moxon Architects headed by Ben Addy while his brother, Tom, was the project’s building contractor. Gareth Guy of The Horn Shop in Braemar created the dramatic chandelier. The house tartan and tweed were designed by Araminta Campbell, who grew up in Royal Deeside.

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The Fife Arms Garden

The Fife Arms garden has been designed by Jinny Blom. A Chelsea Flower Show medallist, she has created gardens for HRH The Prince of Wales and Laurent Perrier. Overlooking the River Clunie, her graceful Fife Arms garden links the main hotel to the spa.

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