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Engage North East Area Autumn Meeting


Wednesday 8 November 2017, 5-7pm
The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA,
Dewar's Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ

Thinking Strategically! Visual Arts Engagement and Collaboration in a Rural Context

Engage members and regional colleagues are invited to a North East Area Group Meeting at The Granary Gallery, Berwick YHA, Berwick-upon-Tweed on Wednesday 8 November 2017. This meeting is open to everyone involved in gallery, museum and arts education in the North East, including artists, gallery staff, students, freelance practitioners, arts organisations and teachers.*

Thinking Strategically! Visual Arts Engagement and Collaboration in a Rural Context creates an opportunity to hear from people adopting different approaches to visual arts engagement and ways of collaborating with local audiences in rural areas.

Speakers confirmed are:
 - Claudia Zeiske from Deveron Projects. Deveron Projects is an arts organisation based in Huntly, a market town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 4,500. They have worked here with the history, context and identity of the town since 1995.
The town is the venue describes the framework in which they work and contribute to the social wellbeing of the town. They inhabit, explore, map and activate the place through artist driven projects. Huntly’s small town context, its 18th Century streets and the surrounding Aberdeenshire countryside offers an abundance of possibilities to work with, to engage local people and their clubs, choirs, shops, schools, churches, bars and discos.
Claudia is a founding member of Deveron Projects. Her balanced approach lies between artistic criticality and community involvement with artists from across the globe. An Anthropologist, she started her career in human rights. Since coming to Scotland she has worked for many art organisations, including Duff House and the artists programme at Glenfiddich. A true European, whilst having strong roots in Huntly, she was voted citizen of the year in 2013. Claudia loves homely food and is a keen walker who has bagged all the Scottish Munros. www.deveron-projects.com

 - Ed Carroll works with Vita Gelūnienė in Lithuania. Their practice is durational, involves artistic research and engages publics in spaces where community, culture and politics collide. They have worked in a derelict and contaminated former 19th Century Russian army site, known locally as the “Cabbage Field” which was abandoned in 1991 after Lithuanian independence. FRIENDLY ZONE / CABBAGE FIELD ('Draugiška zona / Kopūstų laukas') is part of the Kaunas Biennial programme. Ed Carroll will be joining our meeting remotely via video link to talk more about the project.

There are additional slots available for those attending to deliver a 5 minute lightning talk fitting the theme of the session or to share a recent project you have been working on. Please contact Val Tobiass in advance if you would like to present a project.

There will also be an opportunity to view the Drawn from Life: People on Paper exhibition (Arts Council touring exhibition). Talks will be followed by time for informal networking and refreshments.

The meeting is an opportunity for all colleagues working in galleries, museums and education to catch up, network and help plan future events. To book a place or request further information, contact North East Engage Rep Val Tobiass on val.tobiass@maltingsberwick.co.uk

The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar's Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ

Area Group Meetings are free of charge to engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend.

*Non-members are welcome to attend one 'taster' meeting for an entrance fee of £5 (non-members who have attended a meeting before please contact engage or visit our website to find out about the benefits of joining engage http://engage.org/benefits.aspx). Members can view details of forthcoming area group activities and reports from past meetings at http://www.engage.org/area-groups.aspx

Posted on 2 November 2017

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