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Deveron Projects

The Town Is The Venue
How do we use walking as an art form? How do we use walking as an art form?
White Wood - Satish Kumar in discussion
White Wood - Syrian new Scot’s dancing
21 Years of the Town is the Venue - Syrian new Scots
21 Years Ross Sinclair
21 Years of the Town is the Venue - Act Local 1
Town is the Garden — Planting at the School Allotment

The Town is the Venue

The town is the venue describes the framework in which we work and contribute to the social wellbeing of our town. We inhabit, explore, map and activate the place through artist driven projects. Huntly’s small town context, its 18th Century streets and the surrounding Aberdeenshire countryside offer an abundance of possibilities to work with. We have engaged with local people and their clubs, choirs, shops, schools, churches, bars and discos here since 1995.

                              

/Act Local

PLACE / WORK / FOLK

Whatever happens on a small scale is always connected to a larger reality. Working in our hometown with artists from around the world connects our local communities with the international sphere.

Deveron Projects draws inspiration from Sir Patrick Geddes, the Aberdeenshire born father of town planning who viewed society as a bio-diverse interconnected system. By adopting his plural approach, we seek to respond to the many interests and needs of all age groups, cultures and demographics in our community.

Geddes’ model of PLACE / WORK / FOLK inspires how we look at our HOME and informs our project themes.

                

/The 50/50 Principle

The 50/50 Principle is our guideline for a socially engaged work practice, balancing artistic endeavor with everyday life. For example:

                                                                  ARTIST / COMMUNITY
                                                                      IDEALS / REALITY
                                                                  TENSION / SOLUTION
                                                                       LOCAL / GLOBAL
                                                                         HOME / AWAY
But also:
                                                            HOSPITALITY / CRITICALITY
                                                        CONTEMPORARY / TRADITIONAL
                                                                        YOUNG / OLD
                                                                             OUT / IN

                    
/Live where you work

In keeping with the town is the venue, we – artists and art workers – live/work in the town. Being part of local life helps create a better understanding of the culture, its strengths, its problems and how they can be solved. This way the artist has a role like any other worker in the town

Visit us at our base in the Brander Building in Huntly’s town square.

                                      

 

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