Deveron Arts

The Town Is The Venue

The town is the venue

What we do here at Deveron Arts in Huntly

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 have worked here with the history, context and identity of the town since 1995.

Deveron Arts has no building - 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, bothies 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.

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Deveron Arts places local issues within the context of global perspectives, and inversely, situates national and international topics within the locality.  We focus on collaborative, socially engaged practices, bridging disciplines and sectors and exploring the relationship between artists and community. Our 50/50 approach frames our work through the relationships between local/global, community/artist, hospitality/criticality, inside/outside,...

Till now, the township of Huntly has operated as research site, studio, gallery and stage for the artists who come to live amongst the town residents, normally for a period of three months. 

More recently we have begun to incorporate the natural world through the development of the Walking Institute, which is nested within Deveron Arts. This gives us the opportunity to test and roll out our model in other places.

Each artist in residence offers an engaged and process-based project unique to Huntly, working with topical issues that affect both this location and the wider world, through a range of social, economic, environmental and political perspectives. The projects address specific groups of the community yet also resonate beyond our geographic boundaries.

Our Town Collection provides you with an opportunity to visit Huntly and see the works and memorabilia of our past artists, which are placed around the town.

Come and visit us at our base in the Brander Building in Huntly’s town square.

Click here to watch a presentation by Claudia Zeiske on the town is the venue at Out There conference, Tramway

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