Christmas at The Johnston Collection features highlights of
craftwork, and the collection objects that inspired them, from
Christmas exhibitions curated by Nina Stanton from 2003 to 2008. This
book is a tribute to the work of the many hundreds of people who have
worked on the various shows, whose dedication and hours of work have
brought The Johnston Collection alive in a whole new way for our
visitors, who in turn have been introduced to so many different
There is a long tradition of decorating Fairhall, the residence of the late William Robert Johnston, for Christmas.
In 2003, Director/Curator Nina Stanton invited six craft groups to decorate the house. The brief was that each decoration should be inspired by the line, form, colour or decoration in The Johnston Collection. Nina always felt it would be more relevant if the decorations were linked to the decorative arts because it encouraged visitors to look not only at the decorations but also more closely at the paintings, furniture, ceramics, clocks and objets d'art in The Johnston Collection.
Publisher The WR Johnston Trust