Charity artists create special tile sculpture at Haddo House

Sensory circle: Gemima Chillingworth, Douglas, Philip, Joanna (Lady Aberdeen), Eddie, McConnell, Joe Gibson (Behind).
Sensory circle: Gemima Chillingworth, Douglas, Philip, Joanna (Lady Aberdeen), Eddie, McConnell, Joe Gibson (Behind).
0
Have your say

Artists from a Scots charity have created a new sculpture in the grounds of Haddo House.

They have completed a large circle made from a series of tiles encapsulating the sensory experiences and memories of the artists in a range of designs and materials.

Sculptures revealed at celebration of year-long Sensory arts/outdoors project

Sculptures revealed at celebration of year-long Sensory arts/outdoors project

The work was unveiled at a ceremony last week attended by Lady Aberdeen.

The permanent sculpture is the result of a year-long project Sense Scotland - a disability services and awareness charity - managed as part of its contribution to the Year of Natural Scotland.

During the Haddo House visits lead artist Jemima Chillingworth and Sense Scotland’s outdoor and physical activities co-ordinator Joe Gibson, encouraged the artists, who have communication support needs, to explore the grounds and use their experiences to form the sculpture.

The North East Sensory Mapping Project has been based at Haddo. The artist group visited the park on a weekly basis throughout 2013 exploring its nooks and crannies, familiarising themselves with its parkland full of unusual as well as indigenous species of tree and plant life.

Jemima said: “Myself and the Sense Scotland artists really enjoyed the opportunities the Sensory Mapping project gave us over the last year.

“Having the time and space to explore the landscape at Haddo House has allowed us to pour our shared experiences and response to this wonderful environment into the work.

“I hope visitors to the gardens enjoy viewing and interacting with the sculptures for many years.”

The project focused on three locations across Scotland - Haddo, Ardess by Loch Lomond and Templeton Woods in Dundee.

It was funded by Creative Scotland and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Dundee City Council Ranger Service.

Each project group created a permanent public sculpture at their mapping location.