Artists in Residence
James Prosek is an American artist, writer and naturalist. He spent a number of weeks in Braemar spending time up on the hills and researching the local flora and fauna. He created our Flying Stag which is the motif of our Coat of Arms and the name of our public bar. James says, 'As a hybrid creature the flying stag is a manifestation of the hybrid ethos. The hybrid flying stag marries the high alpine habitats and the lower pine valley ecosystem though the union of the ptarmigan (a creature that lives on the highest peaks of the Cairngorms) and the stag (of the forested Dee Valley). Ultimately, the health of one depends on the health of the other—all is interconnected.'
‘Gathering’ is an innovative mapping of the Highland landscape in poems, essays, photographs, and maps, conceived by Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay. The work guides the reader to modest and forgotten places in this complex region. ‘Gathering’ was created for The Fife Arms.
A graduate from The Royal Drawing School in London, Gideon was invited to complete a series of drawings of local people living in Braemar. Titled 'Characters of Braemar', these sketches are hung in The Flying Stag.