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Exhibition will find prize-winner

Wine lovers turn to art for unique label

Scott Morris

A new food and drink business has come up with a novel plan to use Scotland’s best artists to help find a unique label design to launch its exclusive range of wines.

Eat and Drink Italy is sponsoring a new prize at the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) Open Annual Exhibition – with the winning painting being used as the brand image for its Tili wine collection.

Eat and Drink Italy director, Scott Morris, said he hopes to have the bottles labelled in the new design less than a week after he chooses the winning artwork.

Mr Morris, a keen art lover and whose wife Janet Melrose, is an acclaimed and prize-winning artist, said: “This is the first time that I am aware of an art show being used to conceive a brand for a business. Mouton Rothschild have been working with established artists like Picasso, Miro and Francis Bacon for a long time, but not to launch their brand.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the paintings on show and to have the chance to find a truly unique design for our wine range.

“We did think of commissioning a graphic designer or indeed to commission an artist direct, but it just seemed to make sense to sponsor the prize to allow us to find a real one-off design.

“I know it has also caught the imagination of the RSW and the artists are intrigued to find out if their work will inspire the design for the labels.”

More than 300 works are to be exhibited at the RSW show, which takes place at the RSA Building at The Mound in Edinburgh, from 27 November to 12 December.

Sponsoring the prize will allow Eat and Drink Italy to buy the artwork of its choice and the winning artist will also collect 24 bottles with the newly created label when receiving their prize cheque.

Mr Morris launched Eat and Drink Italy as a family business run by himself, his wife and daughters, Amy and Naomi, mainly driven by their love of Italian cuisine and culture.

He has travelled extensively to Italy to source independent and artisan food and drink producers for products including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and home-grown organic spelt, jams and lentils. The Tili wine range is sourced from an independent family owned vineyard in Umbria.

 

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