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.

Meffan exhibition visitors

Meffan Winter Exhibition

Our annual open Meffan Winter Exhibition is a key event in the Scottish Arts Calendar and provides an opportunity for both amateur and professional artists based in Scotland to showcase their work.

There is a chance for all artists to have their work purchased for the Angus Art Collection. The ANGUSalive Purchase Prize of £1,500 is chosen by a panel of judges which includes artists and our Visual Arts Officer, Gill Ross. There is also the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize of £1,000 which is chosen by Colin Dakers' family.

Gill says "The Meffan Winter Exhibition is an exciting time of year for us as we don't know what artwork will come into our galleries. All mediums and disciplines are welcome, from paintings to sculpture, ceramics to jewellery.

When we're choosing our ANGUSalive Purchase Prize winners, we're looking for a piece of artwork that can speak for itself and would make an exciting addition to the Angus Art Collection."

There is also an opportunity for our visitors to vote for their favourite artwork. The winner of the public vote will receive a £200 prize.

The Winter Exhibition 2018 opens on Saturday the 17 November.

A call for entries and further details will be sent out to our mailing list. You can sign up to the mailing list here.

You can see paintings from the Angus collection in our ANGUSalive museums and galleries, which are all free admission. To find out more about the art collections, please visit our fine art collection page. You can also view some items from our collection on the Art UK website.

Meffan group shot

Our Meffan Winter Exhibition 2017 Winners

Purchase Prize Winners

Colin Dakers Memorial Prize Winner

More news on our Winter Exhibition 2017.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Exhibition contact


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