Sanaa Gateja on BBC Radio Scotland
8 June 2014
Click here listen to Sanaa talk about the influence behind his current work; Alexander MacKay.
Click here listen to Sanaa talk about the influence behind his current work; Alexander MacKay.
Our next artist in residence has arrived from Uganda and will be staying with us until August.
Together with artist Sanaa Gateja, Xenson is exploring the life and work of Ugandan explorer, Alexander MacKay.
While MacKay and his life, mission and work is known to almost everybody in Uganda, little is known about him back in Scotland, his home country. Xenson and Sanaa intend to bring his story back to the country of his birth, reversing the flow of his teachings and investigating the spiritual and communal condition of his roots by walking a boat, conducting services, making unusual things....
On the day of his arrival, Tuesday 3rd June 2014, Xension informed Deveron Arts of the current happenings in Uganda that same day; it was Uganda's Martyrs Day. Thousands of people/believers from all over the world were gathered at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine in respect and homage to the 45 young men, from various Christian denominations, that were killed by Kabaka Mwanga in 1886. In knowledge of this, Xenson exhibited a spectacular and captivating Martyrs's Day performance.
You can see all the images on Facebook.
You can find out more about Xenson's work on his and Sanaa Gateja's Artist Profile.
Last years event resurfaces with a 6 minute video clip.
This Silent Walk led by artist Vivian Caccuri at Niterói's coast was a four-hour route along the seaside path between the Museu of Contemporary Art of Niteroi and Jurujuba, a traditional fishing neighbourhood of the city. A group of twenty people walked under a vow of silence along the beaches, squares, halls, decks and private spaces, meeting unexpected situations, special acoustic impressions and improvised urban conditions that foster perceptions of noise and images of the city. By the end of the walk, participants gathered for a meal in Jurujuba to talk again.
Organised by the Walking Institute of Deveron Arts in collaboration with Instituto MESA and MAC Niterói.
The event was held on 11th November 2013, in Brazil.
Watch a video clip here.
Read about it here.
Download and read the pdf file here.
Read their conversation about it here.
Our Nordic Walking poles are now available to loan. Drop in to sign out one or all of our ten sets at Deveron Arts.
If you would like to book a Nordic Walking Course or instruction on using the poles, please contact us at:
On Thursday 5th December Claudia Zeiske was invited to turn on the Huntly Christmas Tree lights in Huntly square as the Citizen of the year. Claudia gratefully accepted the award with the rest of her team, before the Room to Roam choir sang the Huntly Anthem on stage. Huntly Express article here.
Organised by the Walking Institute of Deveron Arts in collaboration with Instituto MESA and MAC Niterói,
this Silent Walk led by artist Vivian Caccuri at Niterói's coast was a four-hour route along the seaside path between the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi and Jurujuba in Brazil, a traditional fishing neighbourhood of the city. A group of twenty people walked under a vow of silence along the beaches, squares, halls, decks and private spaces, meeting unexpected situations, special acoustic impressions and improvised urban conditions that foster perceptions of noise and images of the city. At the end of the walk, participants gathered for a meal in Jurujuba to talk again about the experience.
The Walking Institute brings walking, art and other life enhancing activities together in the community of Huntly and beyond. This internship is a unique training opportunity for young curators/artists or asiring outdoor activsts, who wish to develop a career in the field of walking and arts.
To apply visit our opportunities page.
Find out about previous internships at Deveron Arts here.
On 8th September Deveron Arts contributed to the annual Hairst Food and Farming Festival in Huntly. Dan Puplett a naturalist and outdoor educator led a wild food foraging walk along the banks of the river Deveron. 25 people, including 9 children joined the walk to learn about the possibilities of food for free on our doorsteps. The walk ended with a pop-up wild food kitchen which allowed walkers to try rosehip tea, rowan jelly, wild plum chutney and sorrel soup – delicious.
Watch the videos from our latest event Room to Roam:
A fund to put Huntly even more firmly on the creative map has resulted in a bumper pack of projects for the years ahead.
The Huntly Cultural Fund set up as a result of the town's Creative Place Award 2013 success, attracted 68 applications by the closing date of 29th April and the funds available were almost 3 times oversubscribed. The seven-strong community evaluation panel met recently to decide on the applications received. The standard of applications was high and only after a rigorous scoring and ranking process against the scheme criteria did the winners emerge.
For more information and a list of successful projects go to our dedicated page.
Shadow Curator Internship is a unique training opportunity for young curators which allows for critical engagement and own project development within a given context. Deveron Arts is inviting young curators with a keen and proven interest in working with social engagement and community collaboration to be in residence for six months at a time. The Shadow Curator Intern will be involved in all facets of daily operations and will be a vital part of the Deveron Arts team.
The Huntly Cultural Fund has been made possible through Huntly being recognised as the most creative place in Scotland for its size in Creative Scotland's 2013 Creative Place Awards. These awards are also supported by the National Lottery and The Herald.
The aim of the Huntly Cultural Fund is to help local groups and individuals make Huntly and district an even better place to live, work and visit by showcasing the creative talents of the area and encouraging even more creative activities. The fund has been designed specifically to support cultural activities by local organisations and individuals which are linked to the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and the Year of Homecoming 2014.
The Cultural Health Visitor will explore cultural health in the community as a concept and investigate methods of identifying, monitoring and nurturing it within Huntly and the surrounding area. To Apply read the application pack and complete an application form.
Jake Williams has completed his walk 'With the Flow' along the River Deveron from the source at the Cabrach to the sea at Banff. Along the way he held gigs at The Grouse Inn, Cabrach; the Huntly Folk Night, Rothiemay Folk Night and the final night in Banff, which were enjoyed by all who attended. Jake performed the songs which he has collected on his song-walk of the length of the River Deveron as well as showing images of the 60mile walk.
To find out more visit From the Source to the Sea
To mark the end of Nancy Mteki's Mbereko project, researching the delights and issues surrounding maternity and childhood, Nancy, in collaboration with local artist Norma D Hunter, hosted a farewell indoor picnic lunch with the local mothers and toddlers she has built relationships with during her residency. These mothers were then given the opportunity to try the Mbereko - carrying their baby on their back using a cloth - for a walk to our empty shop. Here the mothers and children participated in a workshop to make dolls from recycled materials and engaged in a conversation with two experts on the role of toys in childhood. The day was enjoyed by all, and a lively debate on toys and their uses ensued.
To find out more about Nancy's project visiti her artist page Mbereko.
Deveron Arts have signed up to the Young Scot apprentice scheme, which encourages young people interested in the arts to gain experience in an arts organisation while studying towards a National Award in Community Arts Management.
The position is available to young people living locally, as accommodation is not provided as part of the apprenticeship. This should be considered an excellent opportunity for school leavers looking to pursue a career in the arts.
We have a history of a high calibre of applicants for our internships, and will also be looking for a high standard of applicants for the apprenticeship.
For more details and to apply go to http://www.youngscot.net/contact-us/jobs/modern-apprenticeship-young-scot-digital-creative.aspx
Now in its second year, the Creative Place Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being.
Huntly has developed world-wide creative community links through its 'Town is the Venue' programme. Several projects, including the town re-branding, have been led by artists initiatives involving the community. The Creative Places Award will enable Huntly to create a roaming initiative, 'Walks of Life', bringing together physical walking initiatives with creative and cultural opportunities. In addition, over three years, including the Year of Natural Scotland and Homecoming Scotland, local arts groups and individual artists will be able to collaborate on a new initiative 'Hospitality in Huntly and District'.
Visit the Creative Scotland website for more information.
Walks of Life is the development of a new Walking appreciation institute that brings walking, art and other life enhancing activities together in the community of Huntly and beyond. The Walks of Life intern will assist in both the administrative running of the program and the development of a Walking Appreciation Institute. This is a unique training opportunity for young curators/artists, who wish to develop a career in the field of walking and arts. Click here for an application pack and form.
Simon Preston is looking for details of everyone's favourite dishes for his 'Town is the Menu' project. He says 'Everyone has their favourite meal. I want to hear from people what they would choose if their next meal was to be their last, and they could have anything at all.
To take part email your Last Supper idea, with subject heading 'Last Supper' to email@example.com, including your name and phone number by the 12th November and you will be entered into the prize draw to win your dish to be cooked for you and a friend as part of a three course dinner prepared by Keira Allan, chef at the Huntly Hotel.
Around 20 local walkers joined Michael on Sunday to start his 14 day pilgrimage around Huntly in some very misty and wet weather. Fed well however by Daisy Williamson and her family crew with cinamon buns and other heart warmers.
A 10am start from the tin hut took the group through mud and bogs, uphill and down dale to a very welcome picnic of corn and potato chowder, sandwiches and wraps, cakes and of course 'Tap O' Noth' cinnamon buns from the Huntly Signature Menu, provided and set up by Daisy Williamson and her family. With revived spirits from the delicious lunch the group set off again to finish up at the Ashgrove Petrol Station. Here after a welcome cup of tea Michael set off alone to find camp.
On Wednesday 28th November our Shadow Curator Elisabetta Rattalino joins Michael for a day and night. Watch out on our website to see how she gets on....
To find out more about Michael's project visit his page.
Dark Matter is a site aiming to "reinforce whatever degree of autonomy marginalized artists, informal artists, and art collectives have wrested from the mainstream institutions of culture." They have recently posted a review of ARTocracy by Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske. You can view the review here:
We are pleased to announce that the Dak’Art Biennale Residency Prize, offered by Deveron Arts, has been awarded to Nancy Mteki, Zimbabwe.
Her photographic practice presented at Dak’Art 2012 'consists of a series of images featuring an attractive young girl in an empty bus. In addition to the aesthetic and compositional research, these images explore the notion of bus, or public transport, as a social environment marked by gendered power relations in which women remain objectified.'
Many thanks to Pauline Burmann (curator, researcher, facilitator of African art and Chairperson of the Thami Mnyele Foundation) for her most eloquent assistance in the selection of the Deveron Arts Residency Prize at Dak’Art.