Have a read of the Spring 2019 Newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming projects and events. Send us your address if you'd like a printed copy, and we'll post one out.Mon 8 Apr 2019
Deveron Projects is offering an opportunity to undertake a fully funded PhD entitled The Politics of Small Places.
In collaboration with the Geddes Institute and Architecture Programme at the University of Dundee and the Anthropology Dept of University of Aberdeen, Deveron Projects is offering an opportunity to undertake a fully funded PhD entitled The Politics of Small Places.
The research would be based on Patrick Geddes’ thinking, who argued that engagement with our urban and rural environments was the basis for strong communities, lasting local identities, and thoughtful political action. The aim of The Politics of Small Places is to investigate the relevance of Geddes’ thought to contemporary rural environments. It aims to do this through the development of a program of practice‐based research projects with Deveron Projects.
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates from a range of disciplines (anthropology, art, sociology, architecture, etc) that can bring a passion of making the workings of Huntly, our rural market town visible. Candidates should be interested in the visual representation of information and the exhibition format as a means of exploration and debate. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in working with a thriving community arts organisation.
The candidate selection is conditional on successful application to the University of Dundee PhD programme. More information can be found on the Scottish Graduate School website; where you can also download the guidance documents. Available to UK residents (some restrictions apply).
Interested candidates should contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or Lorens Holm at the University of Dundee as soon as possible to discuss informally. Please send a CV with your email.
Candidates going forward should be prepared to submit a 1000 word research proposal by Monday 10 December 2018.
Have a look at the Autumn 2018 Newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming projects and events. Send us your address if you'd like a printed copy, and we'll post one out.
Tue 2 Oct 2018
Check out the Deveron Express Summer 2018 edition to stay up to date on events, projects and opportunities. If you'd like a printed copy, send us your address and we'll post one out.Fri 6 July 2018
Take a browse of our Spring 2018 Newsletter to hear about the projects and events we having coming up over the next few months. If you would like a printed copy, send us your address and we will post one out.
Are you planning on participating in the Slow Marathon this year? It's never too early to start preparing for it.
We are hosting training sessions over the next few months in preparation for the marathon distance at the end of April. Hot drinks and snacks will be available at the end of each walk.
Sat 13 Jan: 8 km
Sat 10 Feb: 15 km
Sat 10 Mar: 24 km
Sun 8 Apr: 30 km
Tickets for the Slow Marathon are available via Eventbrite.
Photo: Deveron Projects archiveMeet Huntly Square, 9am
Take a browse of our Winter 2018 Newsletter to hear about the projects and events we having coming up over the next few months. If you would like a printed copy, send us your address and we will post one out.
We're offering a 3-month White Wood Artist Residency to 2nd and 3rd year Phd Students in partnership with SGSAH. See the SGSAH website for more details about the application process and project.
The White Wood is a living monument for peace that was planted by over 150 people of Huntly in 2014 commemorating 100 years of the beginning of WW1. The wood will grow over the coming 300 years – only then the full artwork can be seen.
2018 marks 100 years since the end of WW1 when we are looking for imaginative ways to engage with the story of the wood and make it accessible for generations to come.
The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, Deveron Projects (Huntly, Aberdeenshire), ATLAS Arts (Portree, Skye) and Collective (Edinburgh) is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified PhD applicant for a Creative Economy Studentship (CES) to conduct situated artistic-anthropological research that both contributes to, and helps us to better understand, the R&D, programming, commissioning and evaluation of art organisations. The studentship will commence in autumn 2017.
Value: Tuition fees at UK/EU rate and maintenance award at RCUK rates (for UK students only)
Deadline: 7 August 2017
Eligibility: 1st or Upper 2nd Class Undergraduate Degree, or international equivalent and a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline (visual art, curatorial practice, anthropology). This studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU.
More details and how to apply here.
Check out the pdf of our Summer 2017 Newsletter to stay up to date on events, projects and opportunities. If you'd like a printed copy, send us your address and we'll post one out.
Stay tuned via the quarterly newsletter!
Check out Spring 2017 edition.Mon 24 April 2017
We collected all the posts and the shares with the hashtag #slowmarathon2017 and these are the results!
Sat 15 April 7 am, Huntly
On Saturday 1st April we opened up the Huntly Hotel for a one day People's Cafe, as the culmination of Jaques Coetzer's project Room to Reinvent. Thank you to everyone who came, drank coffee with us, shared their ideas and bagged themselves some tatties!
Sat 1 April
As part of our new yearlong project, The Town is the Garden, we are going to be holding a series of gardening workshops, talks and advice sessions as well as giving away free seeds, plants and tools. So whether you're a gardening guru, competent composter or a brassica beginner, get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!
Call us on 01466 794 494, email us at email@example.com, or pop in to the office for a chat!
Gardener in Residence
The Town is the Garden is a one-year creative horticultural programme aimed at improving Huntly’s potential to grow more of its own food and create a more sustainable local food economy. Through employing a Gardener in Residence we hope to develop Huntly into a garden town that celebrates locally grown produce. We are looking for a driven and experienced candidate with a keen interest in community development through gardening and creative practices. The ideal candidate for this position will have good practical horticultural knowledge as well as having creative vision. We believe passionately that gardening is an inherently creative activity with the potential to benefit people from all walks of life. We are looking for someone who shares this passion. For more information please read the Job Description. To apply send a covering letter and completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Mon 20 March
Our recent artist in residence Hanna Tuulikki appeared on BBC Radio Scotland's Out of Doors programme this week. She discussed the project that she is currently working on with us inspired by the folk ballad 'The Mill O' Tifty's Annie'. Catch her interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dnr43#play
Jacques Coetzer has returned! His new project will focus on town regeneration and the local economy, working around the idea of 'small is beautiful'. During the next few months he is looking to meet with local businesses and residents to discuss economic renewal and regeneration in Huntly.Mon 6th Febuary 2017
Read the article here.22 January 2017
For our winter board meeting this year we visited Hospitalfields, an arts centre and historic house in Arbroath.Hospitalfields, Arbroath
The building and gardens have a fascinating history, dating back to the monks who first lived on the site in the 13th century. We were given a tour of the place by director Lucy Byatt who told us about her exciting redevelopment plans – we were especially interested in the restoration plans for the Victorian fernery and the walled gardens.
During our stay we were treated to some delicious meals by Hospialfields’ new chef Gillian Veal. Gillian is a trained artist and uses her interest in the history of Hospitalfieds to inform her cooking. She is currently working with volunteers and garden staff on plans to grow heritage varieties of herbs, fruit and vegetables.
During the board meeting we reflected our 21st anniversary celebrations at the end of last year and our recent change of name, and discussed new ways forward for Deveron Projects in the years to come.
A week ago our Amazon account was hacked.
We would suggest getting in touch with Amazon directly if you have purchased anything other than art publications from us — as we have been trying to to do but their response is extremely slow. We are very sorry about this and hope it has not caused too much of an inconvenience. Our account is currently suspended while we figure out what happened.Wed 14 December 2016
Got the post-birthday blues? Pretend it is last week and watch our STV feature here.
Some of you may have noticed that we have changed our name from Deveron Arts to Deveron Projects! This comes as Deveron Arts turns 21 and as our creative focus turns to New Economies; a re-reading of local economies and how they can shape the wellbeing of our communities.Sat 3 December 2016
Thanks to Creative Scotland for the article! You can read it here.
Andrea Geile, a German artist based in Edinburgh, is back to research her project 'Energised Landscape' for the Slow Marathon 2017!Mon 21 November 2016
Alex Salmond visited Deveron Arts this week with a handsome sum of £2000!
The money was raised in auction when a print of the White Wood by Caroline Wendling was sold at Alex's event in Glasgow. The money has been given to Deveron Arts to continue exploring topics of both local and global concern with local people and the community.
We are very pleased to have Jacques Coetzer back in Huntly to help with our Birthday Celebrations!
See Jacques previous projects with us here, http://www.deveron-arts.com/artists/jacques-coetzer/
Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday.
Despite the hail and wind we managed to have a fantastic farmers market day!
If you enjoyed our Elderberry Flu Remedy and would like to try make it yourself, then please click here
We would like to thank everyone who came along to the Huntly Meets Syria Ceilidh to Welcome the New Syrian Scots!
The music was amazing, the food was fantastic, the dancing was memorable and the company was perfect.
Thanks to Stewart for his report on the White Wood Forum. The report looks at how The White Wood – a living monument for peace - is bringing a community together.
Wed 12 October 2016
In their September issue, The Scottish Field Magazine discuss why the North East is a hot spot with our director, Claudia Zeiske.
The article talks about Huntly's rich history and what makes the town a dynamic hub for cultural activity now.
To launch his new business, Omar held an evening event, showcasing his cooking, music and craft skills.The night was a success, with over 80 people attending to experience wonderful North African food and a fusion of Scottish and Moroccan music.
The whole evening was designed with Moroccan ambiance in mind, made clear by the soft lighting, carpets, flowers, candles, colours and overall intimate atmosphere.
We wish Omar all the best in his new business and would like to thank the Syrian New Scots who helped prepare the Moroccan feast.
This year we held our AGM with guest speaker Ninian Stuart from the Centre for Stewardship in Falkland, Fife. Ninian told us about the exciting work they are doing, in particular their Climate Challenge Fund project Local Food Works, which is attempting to create a more sustainable, resilient and healthy local food economy. This was followed by a presentation from the board about our activity over the last year, you can read the annual report here. Thank you to everyone who came.
Mon 3 November 2016
We are very pleased to have two artists Ben Macfadyen and Andrea Geile in Huntly this Autumn. They are both working on exciting projects. Now, that the school is back Ben will tell the White Wood story to young people in Huntly, and Andrea is back for her project Energised Landscape and is hoping to go for walks and talk to people about their places of energy, renewables and contemporary Scottish landscape.
Thanks to Saltire Society for the commendation for the White Wood project. Congratulations to the winners!
What do you want from Huntly and what does it need? More cafes, less empty shops, more greenery?
We are holding a drop in session this evening at Stewarts Hall 7 - 8.30pm to hear your views and ideas for town regeneration. Your responses and insights will help us plan the next two years of our programme. The research so far showed that two themes are a priority for Huntly people: addressing the food culture and visual improvements to the square and neighbouring streets. Come along and have your say!
If you are not able to make it tonight, don't worry, you can fill in a survey here (it will only take 2-3 minutes!)
Thank you to all of you who have completed the survey already. It is very much appreciated!Thurs 14 July 2016
Artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki will begin a period of research, mapping the places encoded within the Scottish classical ballads – the 'muckle sangs' – of the North-East, revealing what she calls 'mnemonic topographies: the land encoded in the song, the lore embedded in the land'. Her research will focus on specific locations in Aberdeenshire – place-names, landmarks, ecologies, and landscapes – as they appear within the song lyrics sung by deceased and current tradition-bearers, taking in the repertoires of Traveller singers, drovers, farm labourers, and fisher-folk. She will also draw on the work of scholars, such as nineteenth century collector Francis James Child, a large portion of whose collection, was gathered in this area; early twentieth century folklorists David Greig and James Duncan whose impressive catalogue of lyrics and tunes of the North-East was surveyed by Scottish place-names expert W.F.H.Nicolaisen in his toponymy research; and mid twentieth century folklorist Hamish Henderson whose vast archive of recordings is held in the School of Scottish Studies.Fri 1 July, Deveron Arts
Find out what we have been up to and what is coming up Summer 2016.
Last Thursday Omar Afif surprised pupils on their lunch break with a pop-up pizza stall in The Square. Having observed students food choices, Omar used homemade pizza to provide a healthier alternative, whilst still appealing to their taste buds.
Find out more about Omar’s project and other pop-ups here.Thurs 5 May 2016
This past week at Deveron Arts the office has been a veritable hive of activity: hustle and bustle in abundance! We have been making preparations for the upcoming annual Slow Marathon, which is sure to be another fantastic weekend of walking, talking and reflection. If you haven't got your ticket yet, there's still time! And do come along to the Pathmaker's Gathering on Sunday the 17th, free to attend (though booking is essential.) Speaking of tickets, be sure to get involved with The White Wood Forum at the end of May, for a weekend of discussions, theater, pomp and ceremony, with a great host of respected keynote speakers.
During the past week we were also getting ready for the Huntly Farmer's Market on Saturday the 2cnd, which turned out to be a seaonably sunny and warm day. Our seed bombs burst on to the scene, and proved to be an explosive success among child and adult alike. The day was spent demonstrating and equipping folk with the materials to make their own scottish wildflower bombs with just a knob of clay, a pinch of compost, and a dash of seeds!
Deveron Arts and Networks of Wellbeing are offering grants of up to £200 to Huntly/AB54 community organisations and individuals to create an event or stage an activity in the White Wood on 28 May 2016.
The White Wood was planted by the community of Huntly in March 2015. It is located in the Bin Forest and is home to 49 oak trees, over 700 native trees and another 1000 of plants and herbs which will flower in white. The White Wood was planted in commemoration of WWI, as a space of remembrance, reflection and regrowth.
The wood will officially be opened on 28 May during a day of celebration and events. A day of all things art, peace and ecology. The official opening ceremony of the White Wood will be conducted by Alex Salmond, MP. Get involved by creating an event or activity for the White Wood opening that represents your community organisation. Funding can be used to schedule a one-off event involving community participation, or an all-day happening such as a stall or intervention.
Deadline for applications: Monday 18 April, 5pm
Information Meeting: Thursday 14 April, 5.30pm, Networks of Wellbeing, Clashmach Centre
Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Art at Creative Scotland, as part of a Scotland wide visual arts review, joined us for a day discussing living and working as an artist in a rural context. Some fascinating pechacuchas were presented to the very receptive audience in attendance. The audience was in the majority artists engaged in a rural setting. The attending artists had many insights and contributed to the overall group discussions with gusto. Many experiences held by the artists were shared and common to the group: information and possible solutions to seemingly individual problems helped to bolster the sense of creative community that rural artists can often feel excluded from. Praises of the values that rural settings embody were also vocalised quite enthusiastically. It was a very enriching and informative event, which ended on a hopeful note, with Amanda thanking the group for their discussions that help to inform Creative Scotland of the values and needs of the rural artist.
Some tweets from the day include:
"The studio is our home. The way we live is our practice."
"Limitations can challenge the medium you're working in. Be more resourceful as artists."
Follow the discussion on Twitter or view the gallery on Storify.
On Wednesday the 23rd, at the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, Anthony Schrag will be delivering a short talk about his walking project, "Lure of the Lost," which was commissioned by Deveron Arts in 2015. Additionally, Stuart Armitt will be screening his short film documenting Anthony's project and process.
The event is free to attend, but please book your place in advance.
Our new thinker in residence is Matluba Khan, a PhD candidate in landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh. She will be ruminating with us for three weeks. Matluba's area of research focuses on the design and development of primary schoolyards, with an aim towards creating spaces that are more engaging and stimulating for the children.
In her own words, "The drop-out rate of children in primary schools in developing countries, and in some developed countries too, is high. Through my research I try to address this grave issue from a different perspective - to attract children towards schools through the creation of an environment that will enhance their learning experience, and therefore motivate them to learn."
We are pleased to announced that fresh shipments of Rhynie Woman cook/guidebooks "Cooking the Landscape," and porcelain "Rhynie Woman" cups have arrived. These are available for purchase once more in the shop section of the website. In 2014 the artist's collective Rhynie Woman's project "Cooking the Landscape" explored local social history through hospitality; using food as a means of bringing people together through a 'field to table' approach, utilising foraging, honouring local food, traditional recipes and celebrations in order to create a platform which promoted dialogue, skill sharing, and the exchange of ideas. As a starting point they looked at the heritage of food in our geographic area. Read more
During his residency at Deveron Arts, composer and musician Aidan O’Rourke walked among abandoned Cabrach settlements and spent time with historians, archaeologists and local enthusiasts. He wrote music inspired by these experiences, and made recordings of the musical meditations. These recordings culminated in the release of his CD, Imprint.
Tracks from Imprint are being made available for free download in the areas from which Aidan drew his inspiration. The first and fifth tracks from the CD are now geocached in their corresponding locations, encouraging listeners to visit and better immerse themselves in the atmosphere which the tracks are intended to evoke. The remaining tracks will be released periodically, and will be announced here.
Traditional Scottish musician Shona Donaldson won the 34th annual Bothy Ballads contest. This is a monumental accomplishment: Shona has achieved a life long personal ambition, and she is also the first woman to ever earn this award! A more thorough account of her victory can be read in Monday's Press and Journal article.
Deveron Arts was fortunate enough to have worked with Huntlyite Shona in 2010 on her project "Short Nichts and Lang Kisses," culminating in the release of an album in 2011. Read more
Today we held our first Leftover Lunch. Artist in residence Omar Afif made a take on potato and leek soup from leftovers the team brought in. For Lent we are cutting down on food waste. So bring along your unwanted.
At Saturdays Farmers' Market Gnawa musician Omar Afif brought Moroccan music, bakes and tea to Huntly Square. Visitors to the market joined us for a chat and had a go on some of his instruments.
Omar will be joining Deveron Arts over the next 3 months bringing his musical and culinary talents to Huntly. Stay tuned for more information!
Last Saturday Ben Macfadyen and Omar Afif performed the first telling of the White Wood Story. They led a group from the war memorial to the Bin Forest where Ben told his tale of the imagined future of the oak trees. Omar accompanied this narrative with his Guembri, a traditional Morrocan instrument made out of wood from a palm tree and camel skin.
To find out more about Ben's project click here.
We are very sad to announce that our project manager Kate Sargent will not be returning to Deveron Arts at the end of her maternity leave. Kate has been a stalwart member of the team for 3 years and will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best for the future, in whatever she gets up to. Please come and visit us often! Lots of love the Deveron Arts team.
Hear our director talk with Andrew Stuck while walking a circular route around the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Listen here.
During COP21 Climate Negotiations in Paris, Ben Macfadyen planted an oak sapling from the Joseph Beuys Kassel oaks as in Huntly's White Wood. Read more here!
Despite the weather, the Rhynie Woman were able to serve their delicious, seasonal Huntly pizza at the Farmers' Market. By using foraged ingredients, Debbie and Daisy created five different pestos, their Anything Cake and fruit teas, connecting to the local landscape through their food.
This was followed by Aidan's musical tour of the Cabrach. The bus and walking tour took us out to Wallakirk, Bracklach and the Cabrach School, positioning his music back into the landscapes that inspired them. With abandoned buildings as a backdrop Aidan created atmospheric performances that brought issues of land use, and our relationship with the land, into focus.
The evening discussion, at the Acorn Centre, carried on these themes, with Dr Gordon Noble, Archaeologist/University of Aberdeen; Ian Douglas, Access Manager for Moray; and locals Neil Sheed and Jean Oliver, who contextualising these issues, as well as conveying their personal relationships to the area.
Aidan O'Rourke's music is a response to the land and history around him, with his new release reflecting the ruin-haunted landscape near the Aberdeenshire town of Huntly. Read more here.
Ben Macfadyen has returned for COP21: Huntly, our mini climate change conference held in response to negotiations in Paris. This will include a panel and open space discussion to explore how global issues and decisions can affect our community.
Ben will then be cycling to the Paris negotiations with an oak sapling from The White Wood to plant, bringing together ecology and peace.
Find out more about Ben's project here.
Have you received yours yet?
Each season we produce the 'Deveron Express' and distribute copies around town.
Locations to pick one up: Huntly library, Orbs bookshop, Stewarts' Hall, the Linden Centre, Huntly Station, Tourist Information, Dean's Shortbread, Huntly Castle, the Doctors' surgery.
You can also receive a copy straight to your inbox by joining our mailing list. A mailing list subscription option is available on our homepage, at the top right hand side.
Read the Newsletter online here
Traversing historic pilgrimage routes such as the Pennine Way and the Via Francigena Anthony's walk - and his adjoining daily blog - have raised much debate and stimulated great public and media interest.
Deveron Arts are celebrating with him today - both in person in Italy and back home in Huntly - and we all look forward to welcoming him back to Scotland on Thursday 8 October!
On October 1 there will be a series of events in Venice to celebrate the completion of Anthony Schrag's 2500+km walk from Huntly to Venice.
12pm: Anthony's Arrival. Camilla Crosta will meet you in Venice to walk towards Anthony and back with him on his last day of walking. Meet: ACTV ticket office in Piazzale Roma. Camilla will be there with a Lure of the Lost banner.
2pm: Pilgrims' Welcome Gathering. Picnic provided by DAPES. Venue: Parco delle Rimembranze.
6pm: In Conversation. Anthony Schrag will recount his journey from Huntly followed by a conversation with art critic and curator Angela Vettese and Claudia Zeiske of Deveron Arts. Angela Vettese is Director of the Graduate Programme in Visual Arts at the IUAV University of Venice. She will be discussing the experience of the pilgrimage, why it was commissioned and how it relates to the 'sacred-site' of the Venice Biennale. Venue: Serra dei Giardini, Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Venice walk co-ordinator, Camilla, can be contacted at: email@example.com
Booking for the Pilgrims' Welcome Gathering and In Conversation is advised and can be secured by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the story so far on Anthony's blog.
Information about the related celebration in Huntly can be found here.Venice, Thurs 1 Oct
On Monday 7th September the Brander Building garden became home to Deveron Arts' Open Garden Cafe. This will hopefully be the beginning of a regular food/herb swap cafe.
Locally sourced plants such as nettles, lemon verbena, mint, sage, rosemary, sweet cecily, marjoram and raspberry were available as ingredients for fresh tea poured on site or to take home all for the price of a voluntary donation.
Opening hours will be advertised via our facebook page as well as our chalkboard (at the corner of Castle Street and McVeagh Street).
If you have any produce to share or swap please get in touch!
100% cotton T-shirt with Jacques Coetzer's 'Huntly - Room to Roam' logo available in navy blue or red. Sizes S, M, L & XL
Lure of the Lost: The Right of Free Movement will be broadcast on ThisIsTomorrow from 20.00 - 22.00 on 18 Aug.
The Summer Newsletter is now available and it's a Huntly and Venice Special! Read about the Lure of the Lost Pilgrimage to Venice, find out how to make a St Anthony Cake and get involved in future project events!
Anthony's Feast, on the weekend of 13/14 June, coincided with the Feast Day of St Anthony of Padua and involved the send-off of Anthony Schrag on his 2500km pilgrimage to Venice.
The weekend included a Pilgrim Parade, Venetian banquet, a talk by Graham Fagen (currently showing at the 56th Venice Biennale) and a walk to Rhynie to join Anthony for half of his first day. For information on other ways to get involved in the Contemporary Pilgrimage, see events page.
New publication Lines Lost by Stuart McAdam is out now!
Lines Lost is a project by artist Stuart McAdam and Deveron Arts' Walking Institute. It is a multi-layered interpretation through walking and art of the former Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla railway line. The line was closed as part of the infamous Beeching cuts which led to the closure of more than 30 per cent of British railways in the 1960s.
The Spring 2015 Newsletter has arrived! Check out what's been happening so far this year at Deveron Arts, and what's still to come!
Anthony discussing his epic project The Lure of the Lost on the Culture show, BBC Radio Scotland.11 March 2015
Check out the project here
Check out what the DA team have been up to and what we have planned for 2015!
Lisz and Hannah from the vienna based artist group WochenKlausur are visting Huntly over the next few days trying to get a feel for the place.
Lots of intereting things happening at DA in December. Check out what's on
The Caravan Gallery - Huntly
Alec Finlay - Some Colour Trends
Gill Russell - Lorg Coise
Michael Hopfner - Walking Off The Grid: Retracing My Own Steps Circling Huntly Eight Times In Fourteen Days
Ron Brander - Ower the Hills Tae Huntly
The Caravan Gallery & Jacques Coetzer - Aberdeenshire Ways
The Autumn Newsletter has arrived! Read what the team has been up to and find out what we have coming up.
We are very excited to announce the arrival of the Fernweh project publication!14 October 2014
What is the role of travel in the art? The need for distance, new places and experiences? What is the relationship between visitor and host? What is remote in the age of globalisation?
Fernweh was a train travelling symposium of eight curators from Europe and the Americas across Scotland. During their journeys they visited villages, towns and art venues around the country to investigate the relationship between place, hospitality, collaboration, distance and the urban-rural, as well as other matters.
Our CHV, Catrin will be talking at this!7 October, London
Claudia was invited to the Wigtown Book Festival to talk about her book, Artocracy. None of us having been before, we decided to make a team trip out of it. In true Deveron Arts style we used each leg of the journey to frame a series of discussions concerning our areas of investigation and future programming. As such, we talked about hospitality, the future of Scotland post-referendum and pilgrimage, to name but a few.
During the festival we attended some very interesting talks on subjects ranging from the first world war to Russian poets; listened to a trio playing traditional folk music from Eastern Europe, Japan and beyond; took a walk down to inspect the salt marshes; and spent a lot of time in second hand bookshops - we all came home with more books than we could carry!
A book commemorating the one month long encampment in Huntly Square by The Caravan Gallery. Out now!
Available in our shop
Five major arts organisations based in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City (Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Sound Festival, Deveron Arts, Woodend Barn and Gray's School of Art) are collaborating to deliver Skills Biennale 2014. The theme will be Food And Sustainability creating the platform for five collaborations between artists and local food practices (small businesses, artisans, community groups and food banks).
Each organisation will curate a Slow Prototype (SP) bringing together internationally renowned contemporary artists with crafts/trades people in residencies of up to 4 weeks in August / September 2014. Each SP is about different sets of skills coming together on equal terms and mutually affecting each other, generating something unexpected, unfolding through each collaboration.
The North East of Scotland has a reputation as Scotland's larder (fishing, Aberdeen Angus, traditional products such as shortbread and whisky...) but there is not a reputation for eating well in the North East. The five invited artists will spend time engaging with local food organisations and the local community. The creativity of artists and their curiosity will question the paradox of a less than ideal diet in a place of amazing produce.
A broad view will be taken of food production and consumption: ranging from artisanal food, to leftovers and food banks; surplus as well as scarcity will be considered. We will look both at Aberdeen's inner city (where there are large areas of deprivation) and at rural Aberdeenshire, traditionally a farming community. We want to know the reality of food production and consumption in these places and engage in conversation with the public at large.
The artists and food projects will be selected by each arts organisation:
- Gray's School of Art: Celia Gonzalez and Community Food Initiatives North East looking at food security;
- Sound festival: Stephen Montague composer and Brewdog, looking at the sounds of a brewery;
- Deveron Arts: Gayle Chong Kwan looking at issues of waste with Deans Shortbread;
- Scottish Sculpture Workshop (located in an old bakery): Stephen Brandes and a local mill producing oatmeal;
- Woodend Barn: Tom Pritchard choreographer and an artisan cheese monger, looking specifically at the senses.
The project will culminate in the form of a 2-day Skills Biennale on the 6th September 2014, taking visitors on a coach tour of the collaborations: the results of Slow Prototype projects (performances and exhibitions) will show the breadth and quality of work that is created in Aberdeenshire. A one-day bus tour is available to tour around the five projects, allowing audiences to see all five Slow Prototypes.
Coach departs Grays School of Art, Aberdeen at 9.30am and will visit Aberdeen Foodbank - Banchory / Cambus O'May - Lumsden / Alford - Huntly - Ellon. Returning to Aberdeen approx 8pm Biennale Tour - £15 / £10 conc. (full time students, u/waged, o/60s) includes light refreshments throughout the day.
You can see the results so far of the collaboration between Gayle Chong Kwan and Deans Shortbread in the Stewarts Hall, Huntly between 1.30pm and 5pm, on Saturday 6th September.
For more information on Gayle's project.
Interview With Claudia
Interview with Dave BeechFri 1 August, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Click here listen to Sanaa talk about the influence behind his current work; Alexander MacKay.8 June 2014
Our next artist in residence has arrived from Uganda and will be staying with us until August.
Together with artist Sanaa Gateja, Xenson is exploring the life and work of Ugandan explorer, Alexander MacKay.
While MacKay and his life, mission and work is known to almost everybody in Uganda, little is known about him back in Scotland, his home country. Xenson and Sanaa intend to bring his story back to the country of his birth, reversing the flow of his teachings and investigating the spiritual and communal condition of his roots by walking a boat, conducting services, making unusual things....
On the day of his arrival, Tuesday 3rd June 2014, Xension informed Deveron Arts of the current happenings in Uganda that same day; it was Uganda's Martyrs Day. Thousands of people/believers from all over the world were gathered at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine in respect and homage to the 45 young men, from various Christian denominations, that were killed by Kabaka Mwanga in 1886. In knowledge of this, Xenson exhibited a spectacular and captivating Martyrs's Day performance.
You can see all the images on Facebook.
You can find out more about Xenson's work on his and Sanaa Gateja's Artist Profile.
Last years event resurfaces with a 6 minute video clip.
This Silent Walk led by artist Vivian Caccuri at Niterói's coast was a four-hour route along the seaside path between the Museu of Contemporary Art of Niteroi and Jurujuba, a traditional fishing neighbourhood of the city. A group of twenty people walked under a vow of silence along the beaches, squares, halls, decks and private spaces, meeting unexpected situations, special acoustic impressions and improvised urban conditions that foster perceptions of noise and images of the city. By the end of the walk, participants gathered for a meal in Jurujuba to talk again.
Organised by the Walking Institute of Deveron Arts in collaboration with Instituto MESA and MAC Niterói.
The event was held on 11th November 2013, in Brazil.
Watch a video clip here.
Read about it here.
Download and read the pdf file here.
Read their conversation about it here.Claudia and Kate visited the Marrakech Biennale
Our Nordic Walking poles are now available to loan. Drop in to sign out one or all of our ten sets at Deveron Arts.
If you would like to book a Nordic Walking Course or instruction on using the poles, please contact us at:
On Thursday 5th December Claudia Zeiske was invited to turn on the Huntly Christmas Tree lights in Huntly square as the Citizen of the year. Claudia gratefully accepted the award with the rest of her team, before the Room to Roam choir sang the Huntly Anthem on stage. Huntly Express article here.
Organised by the Walking Institute of Deveron Arts in collaboration with Instituto MESA and MAC Niterói,
this Silent Walk led by artist Vivian Caccuri at Niterói's coast was a four-hour route along the seaside path between the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi and Jurujuba in Brazil, a traditional fishing neighbourhood of the city. A group of twenty people walked under a vow of silence along the beaches, squares, halls, decks and private spaces, meeting unexpected situations, special acoustic impressions and improvised urban conditions that foster perceptions of noise and images of the city. At the end of the walk, participants gathered for a meal in Jurujuba to talk again about the experience.
11 November 2013
The Walking Institute brings walking, art and other life enhancing activities together in the community of Huntly and beyond. This internship is a unique training opportunity for young curators/artists or asiring outdoor activsts, who wish to develop a career in the field of walking and arts.
To apply visit our opportunities page.
Find out about previous internships at Deveron Arts here.
On 8th September Deveron Arts contributed to the annual Hairst Food and Farming Festival in Huntly. Dan Puplett a naturalist and outdoor educator led a wild food foraging walk along the banks of the river Deveron. 25 people, including 9 children joined the walk to learn about the possibilities of food for free on our doorsteps. The walk ended with a pop-up wild food kitchen which allowed walkers to try rosehip tea, rowan jelly, wild plum chutney and sorrel soup – delicious.
Watch the videos from our latest event Room to Roam:
- 'Staycation', a one day vacation in the Huntly Square and a celebration of the culmination of The Caravan Gallery's Pride of Place Project, Saturday 10th August.
- Lines Lost, a walk exploring the railways lines that fell due to the Beeching Cuts 50 years ago with artist Stuart McAdam and Simon Yates, Sunday 11th August.
A fund to put Huntly even more firmly on the creative map has resulted in a bumper pack of projects for the years ahead.
The Huntly Cultural Fund set up as a result of the town's Creative Place Award 2013 success, attracted 68 applications by the closing date of 29th April and the funds available were almost 3 times oversubscribed. The seven-strong community evaluation panel met recently to decide on the applications received. The standard of applications was high and only after a rigorous scoring and ranking process against the scheme criteria did the winners emerge.
For more information and a list of successful projects go to our dedicated page.
Shadow Curator Internship is a unique training opportunity for young curators which allows for critical engagement and own project development within a given context. Deveron Arts is inviting young curators with a keen and proven interest in working with social engagement and community collaboration to be in residence for six months at a time. The Shadow Curator Intern will be involved in all facets of daily operations and will be a vital part of the Deveron Arts team.
The Huntly Cultural Fund has been made possible through Huntly being recognised as the most creative place in Scotland for its size in Creative Scotland's 2013 Creative Place Awards. These awards are also supported by the National Lottery and The Herald.
The aim of the Huntly Cultural Fund is to help local groups and individuals make Huntly and district an even better place to live, work and visit by showcasing the creative talents of the area and encouraging even more creative activities. The fund has been designed specifically to support cultural activities by local organisations and individuals which are linked to the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and the Year of Homecoming 2014.
The Cultural Health Visitor will explore cultural health in the community as a concept and investigate methods of identifying, monitoring and nurturing it within Huntly and the surrounding area. To Apply read the application pack and complete an application form.Closing Date 14th April 2013
Jake Williams has completed his walk 'With the Flow' along the River Deveron from the source at the Cabrach to the sea at Banff. Along the way he held gigs at The Grouse Inn, Cabrach; the Huntly Folk Night, Rothiemay Folk Night and the final night in Banff, which were enjoyed by all who attended. Jake performed the songs which he has collected on his song-walk of the length of the River Deveron as well as showing images of the 60mile walk.
To find out more visit From the Source to the Sea
To mark the end of Nancy Mteki's Mbereko project, researching the delights and issues surrounding maternity and childhood, Nancy, in collaboration with local artist Norma D Hunter, hosted a farewell indoor picnic lunch with the local mothers and toddlers she has built relationships with during her residency. These mothers were then given the opportunity to try the Mbereko - carrying their baby on their back using a cloth - for a walk to our empty shop. Here the mothers and children participated in a workshop to make dolls from recycled materials and engaged in a conversation with two experts on the role of toys in childhood. The day was enjoyed by all, and a lively debate on toys and their uses ensued.
To find out more about Nancy's project visiti her artist page Mbereko.
Deveron Arts have signed up to the Young Scot apprentice scheme, which encourages young people interested in the arts to gain experience in an arts organisation while studying towards a National Award in Community Arts Management.Closing Date noon on 11th Feb
The position is available to young people living locally, as accommodation is not provided as part of the apprenticeship. This should be considered an excellent opportunity for school leavers looking to pursue a career in the arts.
We have a history of a high calibre of applicants for our internships, and will also be looking for a high standard of applicants for the apprenticeship.
For more details and to apply go to http://www.youngscot.net/contact-us/jobs/modern-apprenticeship-young-scot-digital-creative.aspx
Now in its second year, the Creative Place Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being.
Huntly has developed world-wide creative community links through its 'Town is the Venue' programme. Several projects, including the town re-branding, have been led by artists initiatives involving the community. The Creative Places Award will enable Huntly to create a roaming initiative, 'Walks of Life', bringing together physical walking initiatives with creative and cultural opportunities. In addition, over three years, including the Year of Natural Scotland and Homecoming Scotland, local arts groups and individual artists will be able to collaborate on a new initiative 'Hospitality in Huntly and District'.
Visit the Creative Scotland website for more information.
Walks of Life is the development of a new Walking appreciation institute that brings walking, art and other life enhancing activities together in the community of Huntly and beyond. The Walks of Life intern will assist in both the administrative running of the program and the development of a Walking Appreciation Institute. This is a unique training opportunity for young curators/artists, who wish to develop a career in the field of walking and arts. Click here for an application pack and form.Closing Date 20th December 2012
Simon Preston is looking for details of everyone's favourite dishes for his 'Town is the Menu' project. He says 'Everyone has their favourite meal. I want to hear from people what they would choose if their next meal was to be their last, and they could have anything at all.Closing Date 1st December 2012
To take part email your Last Supper idea, with subject heading 'Last Supper' to email@example.com, including your name and phone number by the 12th November and you will be entered into the prize draw to win your dish to be cooked for you and a friend as part of a three course dinner prepared by Keira Allan, chef at the Huntly Hotel.
Around 20 local walkers joined Michael on Sunday to start his 14 day pilgrimage around Huntly in some very misty and wet weather. Fed well however by Daisy Williamson and her family crew with cinamon buns and other heart warmers.
A 10am start from the tin hut took the group through mud and bogs, uphill and down dale to a very welcome picnic of corn and potato chowder, sandwiches and wraps, cakes and of course 'Tap O' Noth' cinnamon buns from the Huntly Signature Menu, provided and set up by Daisy Williamson and her family. With revived spirits from the delicious lunch the group set off again to finish up at the Ashgrove Petrol Station. Here after a welcome cup of tea Michael set off alone to find camp.
On Wednesday 28th November our Shadow Curator Elisabetta Rattalino joins Michael for a day and night. Watch out on our website to see how she gets on....
To find out more about Michael's project visit his page.
Dark Matter is a site aiming to "reinforce whatever degree of autonomy marginalized artists, informal artists, and art collectives have wrested from the mainstream institutions of culture." They have recently posted a review of ARTocracy by Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske. You can view the review here:
We are pleased to announce that the Dak’Art Biennale Residency Prize, offered by Deveron Arts, has been awarded to Nancy Mteki, Zimbabwe.
Her photographic practice presented at Dak’Art 2012 'consists of a series of images featuring an attractive young girl in an empty bus. In addition to the aesthetic and compositional research, these images explore the notion of bus, or public transport, as a social environment marked by gendered power relations in which women remain objectified.'