/ the town is the venue
Deveron Arts is a contemporary arts organisation based in Huntly, a market town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 4,500. We work here with the history, context and identity of the town.
Deveron Arts has no gallery - instead the town is the venue - acting as studio, gallery and stage for artists of all disciplines invited from around the world to live and work here. For this we use found spaces throughout the town and its surrounding areas: supermarkets, churches, garages etc. to name just a few.
Engaging with local people and the community through topics of both local and global concern, Deveron Arts works through a 50/50 approach. This brings together artistic and social relationships in a global network that extends throughout and beyond the geographic boundaries of Huntly.
It's a methodology for arts development in rural contexts developed by Deveron Arts.
Three like-minded people felt that there was too little going on in Huntly. So they started inviting artists to investigate topics of interest with them.
We work with artists with a socially engaged / collaborative practice, or artists that want to work in a socially engaged manner.
The artists we work with come from everywhere: from Huntly, from further afield in Scotland, and from all over the world.
We explore socio-economic, environmental and heritage issues that are both of local and universal interest.
People participate through interest in the topic. No people, no art.
Using existing venues is a flexible, sustainable and cost-effective approach that allows us to make art happen where people are.
In existing places that fit with the context of the project, like garages, greenhouses, shops or simply the streets.
Hospitality is important to us! The current programme investigates hospitality through the themes of travel, food and language.
The four equally important project layers are people, context, processes and results. They all need to be balanced throughout the process of project development.
ARTocracy is a handbook describing the conceptual framework of the town is the venue. It's not about creating utopia, but it helps to imagine how society could function if it was structured by art, through the example of the small-town context.
50 per cent community/locality and 50 per cent artistic criticality/globality is our paradigm that needs to be met through a variety of ways of working.
Walking as a facilitator for conversation, thinking and producing ideas interests us. We walk all the time. For more information visite our Walking Institute page.
A bit like the Shadow Minister in British parliament, Shadow Curator is a critical source of check and balance, based on constructive and challenging dialogue.
Yes and no. There is often less critical mass making up the arts audience. Non-art events and spaces are where people meet. That provides us with a challenge.