The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, paid a visit to Scotland’s leading fine art foundry, Black Isle Bronze in Nairn, yesterday (5 December). She was received by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nairnshire, Ewen Brodie, the Provost of Nairn, Elizabeth Macdonald, and the Director of Black Isle Bronze, Farquhar Laing.
Farquhar Laing said, “I’m delighted that the Princess Royal has chosen to visit Black Isle Bronze. We’re one of the best known bronze foundries in the UK; the quality of our work speaks for itself, we’re equipped to take on complex large scale projects with confidence, and most importantly, Black Isle Bronze has a technically brilliant and dedicated team. The Royal visit is a great endorsement of this."
The Princess met foundry staff and learnt more about the complex bronze casting process and its history, and viewed the foundry’s latest projects, which include a memorial to the racehorse Sadler’s Wells and a 3m-long model of a Tornado jet.
She then unveiled a plaque – bronze, of course – to commemorate her visit, and was presented with a bouquet by Farquhar’s six year old daughter Madeleine.
Professor Alexander Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland and one of the foundry’s most important clients, was also there to greet the Princess Royal, along with other clients and suppliers. This included Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which has worked closely with the business for the past 10 years.
Black Isle Bronze is one of the country’s most successful foundries, with Joanna Lumley, Luciano Pavarotti and Rory Bremner numbered among their clients, and large-scale projects in the US and Norway in the pipeline for next year.
Based at Balmakeith Business Park in Nairn, recent work includes a project for Joanna Lumley, casting 100 small versions of the famous sculpture of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, now being sold in aid of the Moat Brae Trust, and a nine foot sculpture of Sir Bobby Robson, for Newcastle Football Club.
For more information about Black Isle Bronze foundry visit: www.blackislebronze.co.uk