Forgan's Christmas Crowdfunder

by Gillian Burch (Chair of FAC Committee) in Newport On Tay, Scotland, United Kingdom

Forgan's Christmas Crowdfunder

Total raised £1,717

raised so far



Forgan Arts Centre is raising funds with a sale of crafted gifts and decorations to help keep the arts centre afloat whilst it is closed .

by Gillian Burch (Chair of FAC Committee) in Newport On Tay, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 18th December 2020 we'd raised £1,597 with 52 supporters in 14 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Keep Forgan fighting fit – Forgan Christmas Craft Sale 



Here at Forgan Arts Centre we have been serving our community for over 40 years.  Our friendly atmosphere, first-class tutors and strong community bonds combine to make a valued local venue with a fantastic programme of classes.

From pottery to upholstery, stained glass to skateboard art , life drawing to charcoal and oil painting, kids art club, workshops, open days and art fayres, we aim to provide experiences to suit all abilities, interests and ages ( we literally can say we have users from 5 to 105!).

Our members tell us that they enjoy learning new skills and value meeting new people, making and building friendships in an artistic setting. Having a creative outlet is important for our health and wellbeing and this will be even more important as we move out of the current crisis.

Why do we need help  ?

Unfortunately this year we have had to close our doors to our community to keep them safe and as a result we have had no income. Our committee have continued to work hard throughout the year, planning for our future and applying for funding to help us move to a new venue in the future. We have had to use our reserves to keep up with the overheads of the arts centre and these are now running low.  

Already many of you have generously given all, or part, of your fees for un-run classes as donations which has been fantastic.  

We are now asking for your help in building a fund to keep us fighting fit: to keep us going until we can reopen the centre and invite our community back .

This appeal is a seasonal fundraising campaign to raise the flag on a bigger campaign for 2021 

Cash raised from Christmas decorations and sales (or donations!) will be used to keep Forgan afloat during this extended period of closure and prepare for the grand re-opening (whenever that may be!).  You will be DIRECTLY supporting your small, local independent arts centre.

We need you now more than ever...

Help keep us fighting fit for our bigger and better future

Taking part in this crowdfunder will help us :-

  • Keep up with the required maintenance of the Victorian school building 
  • Provide us with income to cover possible lack of demand as classes reopen 
  • Adapt our operation now to make sure we can offer activities online 
  • Demonstrate to the Scottish Land Fund and other major funders that we have the support of our local Community 

Any support we receive really does mean the world to us and our campaign to survive this crisis and emerge offering a larger and better programme. 

Please donate, share this page wherever you can and help us start our campaign to see Forgan Arts Centre fighting fit as we head into 2021!

See what we are offering for your donations.....


  • Mosaic Tree Decorations and other decorative items
  • Stunning range of hand turned bowls and boxes
  • Wooden and Ceramic Decorations ***NEW ***
  • Knitted, Felt and Sewn Christmas Decorations

N.B. all rewards will be available for PICK UP ONLY from Forgan on SATURDAY the 19th December. Please keep to advice on travel restrictions and keep your travel local. ( update ; we can now deliver larger items to Dundee/B Ferry/C'noustie thanks to a volunteer )

We can of course keep your reward for picking up at a later point.


4 Handmade felt decorations - added 15th Dec 

Set of 4 high quality ceramic baubles ( below )

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Wreaths - £25


This project offered rewards

£25 or more

Christmas Door Wreaths

You will receive a handmade door wreath made up with ivy, bayleaves and holly etc. The wreath will be made up on a moss covered metal ring (the ring is 10inches diameter so the wreath will be at least 12 inches diameter). Would also make a lovely centre piece placed on a tray or similar. Available for delivery in Dundee/B Ferry/Carnoustie by arrangement. ( picture to come once 1st made up !)

£6 or more

Knitted Monkeys

Knitted monkeys in waistcoats. 18cm in height. You will receive a monkey with either a pink/blue or jade waistcoat. How cute would one of these be at the top of a stocking ?

£15 or more

Mosaic heart shaped box

Heart shaped wooden box decorated with glass mosaic. Size 16cm x 15cm x 6cm

£15 or more

Mosaic cosmetic brush holder & jewellery box

Mosaic cosmetic brush holder and small 3 drawer box. Colours: aquas and greens Box 10cm square, brush holder 10cm high. Comes with 3 quality cosmetic brushes, mascara and eye pencil.

£20 or more

3 handmade mosaic Christmas tree decorations

Handmade glass mosaic Christmas tree decorations - you will receive a set of 3 decorations from a selection of robins, snowmen, stockings, baubles, angels, gingerbread men, reindeer.

£20 or more

4 felt tree decorations- bells, star and kitten

Set of 4 handmade felt decorations . White with accents of silver , red and green. Just look at that cute Sizes Star -9cm , Bells 8cm, kitten 9cm

£30 or more

Jolly ceramic baubles (set of 6)

Large handpainted ceramic baubles with white ribbon for hanging. Baubles are white and painted in classic red and green. All with different but toning design - stripes/holly/snowman face etc. (See photograph of baubles on tree)

£40 or more

Hollowform bowl with red interior 110 H x 200 Dia

Decorative apple shaped wooden bowl with rich red interior. Subtle sheen finish. Made from OAK.

£45 or more

Quality set of 9 Wooden Christmas Tree decorations

This is a lovely set of 9 tree decorations , made from wood with hand chased metal decoration. All the decorations are different , and would be a stylish addition to your Christmas decor

£5 or more

Polar bear

Handmade white felt polar bear ( 9.5 cm high ) sporting a red felt scarf . Would look good propped up on a mantelpiece for Christmas

£5 or more

Shy Gnome decoration

Handmade felt gnome, stands upright. Blue felt body and tall red hat with white stitch detailing, mittens picked out in red felt. Height 19.5 cm Stylish Scandi vibe, so would suit more minimal setting

£6 or more


2 Felt penguins with ribbon for hanging from your tree. These penguins are 7cm high and are v round in the body!

£6 or more

Knitted Puppy

Lovely, if sad, knitted puppy (11.5 cm high) seeks stocking for Christmas.

£6 or more

Knitted Hippo

Knitted hippo ( 30 cm high ). Cuddly and cute.

£8 or more

Fabric Pinecone decorations ( 2 )

2 handmade fabric pinecones 7 cm high. Made with seasonal patchwork material with satin ribbon for hanging from your tree. ( see picture ) Colours predominately reds /green /white .

£10 or more

Hessian bag decorated with 1 large fabric panel

Hessian bag with cheerful Christmas fabric (holly and robins) on the front. Ideal for holding a gift. 30cm x 30cm body; 18cm deep; total height with handle 44cm.

£10 or more

Sweet knitted rabbit

Hand knitted rabbit in red and white dress with red feet. 31cm high. Sweetly nostalgic.

£10 or more

Hessian bag decorated with 9 small fabric panels

Hessian bag decorated with 9 Christmas fabric panels - dove, partridge etc. 30cm x 30cm body; 18cm deep; total height with handle 44cm. Ideal gift bag.

£12 or more

Handmade felt horse decoration

Handmade Swedish Dala horse decoration - with embroidery decoration . Horse is 12.5 cm Dala horses are a traditional national symbol of Sweden and are still carved and painted in central Sweden . ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

£20 or more

Mosaic elephant wall decoration

Handmade glass mosaic elephant ( 25cm x 17cm ), body made up of matt grey pieces with mirrored elements picking out detail in trunk, tail and back. Comes with loop on back for hanging. Charming and fun decoration for a child's bedroom.

£25 or more

Mosaic framed mirror

Square mosaic work mirror with deep frame, total size 26 cm x 36cm.Mirror size 9cm x 9cm Mosaic work in a green /grey pearlescent with accent blue and red flowers with roundels. Grouted in pale yellow.

£30 or more

2 Hand turned wooden boxes

Two sycamore and elm boxes; 50mm high x 70 mm diameter. Round shape with contrast wood lids.

£40 or more

Stylish lantern with SANTA stained glass panel

Metal lantern featuring a stained glass panel with Santa to one side. Shiny copper coloured metal finish. Door opens to hold lights. Would look lovely on a fireplace or shelf. Size: H 26cm x W 10cm x D 10cm

£40 or more

Stylish lantern with SNOWMAN stained glass panel

Metal lantern featuring a stained glass panel with a Snowman to one side. Shiny silver coloured metal finish. Door opens to hold lights. Size H 26cm x W 10 cm x D 10 cm. Would look lovely on shelf or fireplace

£45 or more

4 Exquisite hand turned sycamore cups

Four little sycamore cups with International Klein Blue interiors; 65mm high x 65mm diameter. Created by Ex Arbore Aurum Fine Woodwork.

£45 or more

Bowl with ultramarine and gold interior

Contemporary wooden turned bowl with IKB blue and gold interior. Decorative use only. 700mm high x 260mm diameter

£45 or more

Sycamore flying saucer bowl

Contemporary hand turned wooden bowl. Sculptural and decorative. Wide rim in black and gold, contrasting with pale bowl interior. 50mm high x 220 mm diameter

£60 or more

Large oak cheese platter

Hand turned oak platter with gilt decorated edge; 310mm diameter. Deep incised rim so decorative when not in use. Food safe finish . Would make a superb cheese dish!

£60 or more

Classic wooden bowl

Classical shaped fruit bowl. Exterior has ribbed detail which is stained in a contemporary charcoal grey. Dimensions 75mm deep x 230 mm diameter. Wood type Foodsafe finish.

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