Caravan gallery to visit Aberdeenshire

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An artistic collaboration is setting off around Aberdeenshire to explore the area’s unique identity and speak to locals about what makes their community special.

The vibrant yellow Caravan Gallery and placemaking artist Jacques Coetzer will be visiting communities across Aberdeenshire and are hoping to speak to as many people as possible to build a detailed picture of “our Aberdeenshire”.

The Aberdeenshire Ways project has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council’s creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture, in collaboration with Huntly-based Deveron Arts.

The artists are also hoping to collect a range of objects, stories, songs, images, recipes, poems and fascinating facts about the area, to go into a colourful display.

Aberdeenshire Ways is gathering information for the Be Part of the Picture programme, which is engaging with local people to shape a refreshed identity for Aberdeenshire, boost local economies and celebrate the unique identities of our communities through cultural engagement projects.

Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, said: “This is an exciting project and a fantastic opportunity for local people and communities to tell us about what makes Aberdeenshire special for them.

“Be Part of the Picture will be delivering a refreshed brand for Aberdeenshire next year and this is a chance for people to be involved in the process and contribute their ideas on what unique elements of it deserve to be highlighted on a local, national and international level.”

It will visit Inverurie on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November, Ellon on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November, Peterhead on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November and Fraserburgh on Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 November.

Claudia Zeiske, director of Deveron Arts said: “We are looking forward to working with Jacques again as he meets people and learns more about what Aberdeenshire means to them.”