Guided walk with Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail

Join the Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail to explore some of the new Arran Arts Heritage Trail artists and locations.

They will be guiding a walk around the Kingscross point on Thursday 15th July 2021 from 10am – 1pm

A stroll from Whiting Bay to Kingscross point to discover how artist’s have been influenced by Arran’s landscape for generations.

Walk length: 5 km / 3 miles

Approximate duration: 3 hours

Terrain: road, surfaced path and beach; paths may be wet in places and rocks may be very slippery.

Waterproofs are essential; please wear grippy shoes or walking boots; and don’t forget something to eat and drink!
Dogs are not allowed on Arran Geopark walks.

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The stone-marker at Kingscross features Agnes Miller Parker

Featured Artist at King’s Cross – Agnes Miller Parker

The following information is taken from the Arran Arts Heritage Trail website

Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, studied at Glasgow School of Art where she would later go on to teach.

In 1918 she married William McCance, a fellow artist. During the First World War he was a conscientious objector. In the 1920’s they moved to London.

Her work at that time was influenced by the Cubist movement and by a short-lived movement called Vorticism, inspired by Cubism and imagery from the machine and urban environment. In the 1930’s she became well-known for her distinctive woodcut illustrations produced for the Gregynog Press in Wales. She was much influenced by Northern European copper engravings of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Miller Parker’s work illustrated editions of Shakespeare and Hardy among others. It is however her work with H. E. Bates that she is most remembered, with her Through the Woods (1936) and Down the River (1937) containing some of her most beautiful work depicting the natural world. Her striking illustrations for Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray of 1938 show a level of draughstmanship that few modern engravers have achieved, and explains why that today her work remains popular with collectors and readers alike.

She moved to the Isle of Arran in the early 1960’s after the break-up of her marriage. Agnes Miller Parker, known locally as ‘Dolly’ lived on Arran for the last few decades of her life, living in Lamlash and Kings Cross. Her last body of work, illustrations for Hardy’s Jude the Obscure were made over a particularly harsh Arran winter, with no access to electricity.

Some of Miller Parker’s engravings. Photo credit Arran Arts Heritage Trail