Fridays, 1-2pm, Brander kitchen
Weekly lunch and talks
Fri 11 Jan: Artist’s talk, The Wind in my Soul
with Bibo Keeley
Bibo's work reflects on personal experience and a deep connection with nature in its broadest sense. This includes the environment, specific natural locations, animals and the human body. In German this is called NATURVERBUNDENHEIT. Through this lens she focuses on a wide range of issues; from environmental concerns such as global pollution to the topic of gender and gender inequality.
Fri 18 Jan: Wellbeing and the Community
with Networks of Wellbeing
Networks of Wellbeing (NoW) is a local organisation that helps people in the Huntly and AB54 community improve their mental health and wellbeing. Approaching its 25th year, Services Manager Fiona Alderson will talk about some of the projects that Networks of Wellbeing has led.
Fri 25 Jan: The landscape of chairs
with Sitsmith + Co
Upholstery is an ancient guild craft and takes years to master. In deconstructing and revitalising a chair, its complex substructures are revealed, as often are its hidden human histories, including hints at the stories, hopes and dreams of its former and present owners. Local upholsterer Anne Murray will talk about how the 'sitsmith' appreciates all these details in their craft to provide comfort.
Fri 1 Feb: Talking Brexit
with Gray's School of Art students
Students of the Contemporary Art Practice degree at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University work with Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture in their exploration of visual art. They will be joining us to engage with our Think: Brexit programme of events.
Fri 8 Feb: Art & Craft in East Africa
with Claudia Zeiske
Claudia Zeiske, our director, has travelled extensively in East Africa and will share her vast knowledge of the region's arts and crafts.
Fri 15 Feb: Contemporary Art in Bosnia-Herzegovina
with Jon Blackwood and Maja Zečo
Jon Blackwood is a curator, lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. He has a particular interest in contemporary art in the Western Balkans, having lived both in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Skopje (Republic of Macedonia). Maja Zečo is an audio-visual artist, designer and VJ from Sarajevo. She currently works as a Ph.D. researcher in sound and place based at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.
Fri 22 Feb: A Huntly Nurse in WW1, "...as only we can know"
with Ron Brander
Ron Brander is a local historian who cares greatly for this landscape, its people and stories, His work captures not just the history of a place but is a rumination on our relationship to a landscape, its history and its future. You can read more about his projects with us here.
Fri 1 Mar: Curating the Huntly Town Collection
with Alix Rothnie
Since the mid-1990s, visual artists, musicians and writers from all over the world have lived and worked in Huntly and contributed artworks and other artefacts to an expanding living archive: The Town Collection. They are uniquely hosted in local shops, businesses, public buildings and private residencies in the town and within the surrounding area. Alix, our Town Collection Curator, tells us about the process.
Fri 8 Mar: International Women's Day, Women in hill running
with Sue Taylor
To celebrate International Women's Day, Sue Taylor, an avid local community volunteer and seasoned hill runner will tell us about women's participation in hill running.
Fri 15 Mar: The future of advice through Gordan Rural Action
with Annette Brooks-Rooney
Gordon Rural Action is a charity that provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a range of issues including benefits, debt, housing, employment and consumer problems at three advice centres in Huntly, Inverurie and Ellon. Annette Brooks-Rooney joins us to talk about their work.
Fri 22 Mar: Artist's talk, The Scar: walking the iron curtain
with Clemens Wilhelm
Clemens Wilhelm is an artist & filmmaker based in Berlin whose practice ranges from film/video to photography and performance. He joins our Think: Brexit programme of events to plant a weeping willow as a symbol of loss and healing on the day the UK leaves the EU. At this lunch he tells about his project.