Aberdeenshire round-up

From site-specific contemporary art projects to studios in disused shops, SCAN takes a look at our member organisations in Aberdeenshire.

Located in the Aberdeenshire market town of Huntly, Deveron Projects is a unique arts organisation where the town is the venue. For almost three decades, Deveron has enabled dozens of artists to work on socially-engaged projects in Huntly. Current projects include Liberatha Alibalio’s Museum of Embodied Knowledge, researching histories of wool in the town, and Caroline Wendling’s White Wood (pictured), a ‘living monument to peace’ which will develop over 300 years. Each artist who works with Deveron is asked to leave an artwork that represents their residency in the town, which visitors can see on a walk through the ‘town collection’.

Upcoming events in Huntly include a screening with Take One Action festival, monthly food workshops and weekly Friday lunches and talks.

For upcoming and archival events and projects, see the Deveron Projects website.

Established in 1979, Scottish Sculpture Workshop brings together making facilities, courses, residencies and curatorial projects in the Aberdeenshire village of Lumsden. Artists can apply to one of SSW’s year-round residencies, enrol on a course to learn the basics of a new material, join the local community in the Community Making Space, or make use of workshops in wood, metal, ceramics and more.

Find out more about SSW at their website.

Outer Spaces is a Scotland-wide charity that works with artists and commercial property owners to bring new life to empty commercial spaces. From Kilmarnock to Inverness, the organisation provides artists with temporary, rent-free space to make and exhibit new work without the pressure of a prescribed outcome.

Outer Spaces has helped artists to activate a number of spaces in Aberdeen, including Holburn House, which recently held a Doors Open Day exhibition by Emily Weaver (pictured), and Weatherford House in Dyce, where five artists undertook micro-commissions and a resulting exhibition, In-Situ. This was part of MORE THAN SPACE, a pilot project exploring new models and directions for curating and commissioning in empty commercial property.

Check the Outer Spaces website for more information on upcoming events in Aberdeen and elsewhere, and to add your name to the waiting list for spaces.

Also working to activate empty spaces in the city is Look Again, an Aberdeen-based organisation hosting events and exhibitions designed to connect and strengthen the creative community in North East Scotland.

Look Again runs an exciting year-round programme, including pop-up events in spaces across the city and exhibitions in the Look Again Project Space. In December, the space will host shows from Grays School of Art students and Freelands Fellow Esther Thorniley-Walker. The programme is complemented by substantial creative sector support, including workshops, talks, networking events, and even an accredited Creative Entrepreneurship Postgraduate short course.

See the Look Again website for full details on upcoming events and available support.


Top image: Liberatha Alibalio’s Museum of Embodied Knowledge at Deveron Projects.