Placemaking artist Jacques Coetzer will be visiting communities across Aberdeenshire in The Caravan Gallery, speaking with residents and gathering information about their lives and how they feel about the area.
The artistic collaboration will visit a host of communities during their six-week adventure and are hoping to speak to as many people as possible, to build a detailed picture of “our Aberdeenshire”. The vibrant yellow Caravan Gallery and Jacques made their first appearance in Huntly on Saturday 2 November and will be arriving in Turriff on Tuesday 3 December for 2 days.
The Aberdeenshire Ways project has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council’s creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture, in collaboration with Huntly-based Deveron Arts.
Local people are being invited to talk to the artists about why Aberdeenshire is special to them. The artists are also hoping to collect a range of objects, stories, songs, images, recipes, poems and fascinating facts about the area, to go into a colourful display.
Aberdeenshire Ways is gathering information for the Be Part of the Picture programme, which is engaging with local people to shape a refreshed identity for Aberdeenshire, boost local economies and celebrate the unique identities of our communities through cultural engagement projects.
Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, said
This is an exciting project and a fantastic opportunity for local people and communities to tell us about what makes Aberdeenshire special for them. Be Part of the Picture will be delivering a refreshed brand for Aberdeenshire next year and this is a chance for people to be involved in the process and contribute their ideas on what unique elements of Aberdeenshire deserve to be highlighted on a local, national and international level.
Claudia Zeiske, director of Deveron Arts said
It is wonderful to have Jacques back in Aberdeenshire, Jacques was the catalyst for the creation of Huntly’s ‘Room to Roam’ brand in 2008. His sensitive approach to working with the community meant that the final branding was something that the town as a whole felt part of and it has been terrifically successful. We are looking forward to working with him again as he travels around the shire meeting people and learning more about what Aberdeenshire means to them.
You will be able to speak to Jacques Coetzer and artists from Deveron Arts when the Caravan Gallery visits Turriff on Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 December.
The Caravan Gallery will also be visiting
- Banchory Thursday 7 November
- Laurencekirk Friday 8 November
- Inverbervie Saturday 9 November
- Stonehaven Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November
- Westhill Thursday 14 November
- Inverurie Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November
- Ellon Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November
- Peterhead Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November
- Fraserburgh Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 November
- Banff Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November
- Portsoy Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November
- Turriff Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 December
- Lumsden Thursday 5 December
- Alford Friday 6 and Saturday 6 December
You can read more about The Caravan Gallery on their website.