Innovative art project seeks participants

A LOCAL artist is embarking on an innovative and collaborative art project throughout the summer, which he hopes will lead to the creation of a unique exhibition piece.

The project will actively explore current theories and trends in contemporary art to further the creation of the artwork, but participants do not need to come from an artistic or creative background.

Entitled ‘We are Here’, the project is designed to bring together a diverse group of people who will use a series of field trips, sketchbook sessions and discussions to come up with a piece of, as yet, undefined art.

Lead artist, Keith Thomson of Gowkstane Arts said: “As lead artist I can guide the project but ultimately it is the input of ideas and skills of the collective which shapes and determines the outcomes of the project. I find it important to be able to work with people of all ages and backgrounds. The main criterion is to be willing to engage in the sharing of ideas.”

The aim of the project is to explore the Garioch. Continuing, Keith said: I want to look at the Garioch landscape and the forces which define the area. I grew up beside the sea and moving inland is a new experience for me. I would like people who live in the Garioch to help me interpret and explore this landscape and ultimate create a strong and cohesive work of art which reflects the surrounding area.”

After graduating in sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art, Keith lived and worked in Edinburgh for 25 years before moving back to the North east. “My work in Edinburgh explored the utilisation of ideas from a broad, cross-section of people who would not normally become involved in the creative process. I find that this approach allows for a greater scope for creating strong and lasting artwork.”

The course begins with a sketchbook session on Saturday, June 25 between 12noon and 4pm at Touched by Scotland studios, Oyne.

While the date for the first field trip has been set for Saturday, July 2, 12noon to 4pm, other dates will be decided as the course gets under way. There will be around six sketchbook sessions and an estimated project finish sometime in September.

The project has received funding from Aberdeenshire Arts and will cost £60 per person.

To book a place, or for further information, contact Keith on (01464) 851159, mobile 07733 550452, or email