On Saturday May 18th, in Nigg Village Hall from 2.30 - 4.00 pm , Susan Seright will hold a workshop on George Bain 'the father of Celtic Modern design', setting in context his work on the Nigg cross-slab, from which he drew many examples. Susan is the acknowledged authority on Bain's work. She will be joined by Burgess and Fiona Hay who will demonstrate how to create simple interlace designs using Bain's techniques - a skill which could be used to decorate cards of all kinds. Pads and pencils will be provided. Refreshments to follow. By courtesy of Groam House Museum a small selection of items taken from their extensive collection of Bain's work will be on display.
On Saturday May 25th an archaeological field walk will be led by Lachlan and Lynne McKeggie of ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands). Meet at Nigg Old Church ( not at the Nigg Village Hall as previously announced) at 2.00 pm. Suitable for adults and older children Sturdy footwear is recommended. The Bishop's Walk, adjacent to the church, is an area likely to have been of importance to the early medieval church on the site and could include the original site of the cross-slab. It was in the Walk that the newly inserted fragment of the Pictish beast symbol was found in 1998.
After the walk there will be refreshments, and discussion of the nature of the site and how it could be interpreted further, to finish at around 4.00 pm.