Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

Meffan museum panorama

Situated in the centre of the market town of Forfar come and explore the Forfar Story where smells and sounds guide you through the narrow and cobbled recreation of The Vennel. Peer inside several small shops including; Peter Reid's sweet shop, a knockmaker's workshop and a baker's shop, which of course offers the obligatory 'Forfar Bridie', a meat and pastry delicacy. You can also learn about Forfar's witches and examine a collection of enigmatic sculptured stones, in the Pictish Stones display.

Offering a diverse programme of art exhibitions, the museum's art gallery showcases the work of local, national and internationally-renowned artists. Details of the current exhibition can be found at

The museum collects objects, photographs, artist works and archive material relating to the history of Forfar. ANGUSalive cares for the Angus Council art collection; further information is available on the fine art collection page.

The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) 7th Open Summer Exhibition

The open Annual Exhibition and Summer Exhibition are key dates on the Scottish arts calendar bringing together leading and emerging Scottish artists. The Society is delighted to be back in the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery for their fourth visit with this exhibition which is open to all watercolour artists in Scotland.

Scottish watercolour painting has long been characterised by a freedom of approach, a bold confidence in handling materials and a robust way with colour. This innovative use of materials and freedom of expression are still distinctive qualities of Scottish watercolour painting today. The acceptance of a variety of materials and the use of collage techniques and different papers contribute to the vitality of its painting. The RSW is very proud of its historic origins while being in every sense a 21st Century exhibiting Society, artist-run, and always capable of innovation and surprise.

For more information, please see our Facebook event.

Call for Entries

The RSW would like to invite you to submit your water-based medium artwork to the 7th Open Summer Exhibition.

For a schedule and labels please pop into the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery or post an A5 SAE to:

C/O Robb Ferguson
Regent Court
70 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 2QZ

Receiving day: 11 and 12 May 10.30 - 4.30pm
Meffan Museum & Art Gallery, 20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB.

Entry guidelines apply - view Conditions for RSW Open Exhibition (200 KB PDF).

Point of Ness - Oil on Board - Andy Neil
Point of Ness, Andy Neil

Spider Silk - Viscosity Etching - Struan Hamilton
Spider Silk, Struan Hamilton

Meffan Winter Exhibition 2017

An annual open art exhibition that attracts entries by talented artists from across Scotland.

Entries have now closed and we are pleased to announce the list of accepted works (210 KB PDF).

View details of winners and commended works.

Exhibition contact


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