ProjectARTS aimed to support the development of a wide range of public art and creative work which connects with local businesses, community organisations and local residents to engage new audiences and pave a local creative legacy. Funds were allocated through an awards process over the course of the Creative Place programme.
ProjectARTS supports closer working practice between artists, business and community groups in the Forres area through developing creative projects or activities in partnership. The fund accepted applications and offered awards from £200 up to £2,000 for projects developed in the Forres area. Supported through Creative Place Award Winner 2015 funding, ProjectARTS ran from February 2016 until end of May 2017.
The Forres Toorie – Funding Round 1
Professional designer and maker Jennifer Cantwell of Sporran Nation created the ‘Forres Toorie’. Jennifer developed a fairisle hat knitting pattern using sound that had been recorded in and around Forres. The sound recordings were turned into a visual pattern using software and then into a fairisle knitting chart. Working together with local knitters and Varis Crafts, the hat was brought to life and displayed at Varis Crafts in time for World Yarn Shop Day on April 30th 2016. The patterns are also avaiable for the public to knit their very own ‘Forres Toorie’.
Extremely Pedestrian Chorales – Funding Round 1
Choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin developed and delivered Extremely Pedestrian Chorales, a public workshop based on his new dance piece – a choreographic response to JS Bach’s famous vocal harmonies. Presented as part of The Moray Walking Festival, the workshop weaved together contemporary dance and public participation in a humorous look at walking as dancing. Karl also showcased the work during Culture Day Forres 2016.
Singing Tree – Funding Round 1
The Forres in Bloom Wee FIBees Garden benefited from the installation of a large wooden xylophone – a Singing Tree – handmade and installed by independent artists Caroline Inckle & Steve Sharp from locally sourced wood. The xylophone is a lasting piece that enhances the garden and draws in visitors to enjoy nature and music together in the outdoor space. On Culture Day Forres 2016, a drum circle showcased the xylophone and joyful beats could be heard echoing into Grant Park.
Forres Street Scene – Funding Round 1
Chris Lee and Graeme Roger of Wildbird created a Forres Street Scene in the town centre. Working with Forres Business Association and High Street shopkeepers, twenty short films were exhibited in windows along the historic streets of Forres. The exhibition brought vivid light and colour to the streets and reflected the communities of Forres back to themselves as part of a Light Night event during the Findhorn Bay Festival 2016.
Feedback – Funding Round 2
The Feedback installation piece was on display during the Findhorn Bay Festival 2016. The installation linked the the world of art, mythology and nature with the world of technology and materials. The concept developed from the Forres Tolbooth preservation work and a past court case involving a sheep held as evidence. Made by artist Selena Kuzman and local organisation T-Exchange, Feedback entwined two pieces; a sheep and a shepherdess, both made of recycled materials. The sheep encapsulates the scientific idea of feedback by literally carrying its feed on its back and remains on display in the Forres Tolbooth. An exhibit page of the project by Selena can be viewed here.
Helping Hands – Funding Round 2
Inspired by the notion that second hand shops often get a bad press and the knowledge that many stories linger behind donated items, Margot Henderson worked with the five charity shops located on Forres High Street to engage people in telling and sharing stories, and creating imaginative pieces reflecting on loved items as they change hands in Forres. Each shop created a window display to showcase the stories which were on display during the Findhorn Bay Festival 2016.
Dance Walk Moray – Funding Round 2
Ruby Worth established and led a new group of local people who came together to Dance Walk. Three monthly Dance Walks took place in August, September (on Culture Day Forres 2016) & October. Including local people from across the Forres area, the activity is a means of enjoying nature, exercise, creativity, music and dance with others. To find out more about the group and upcoming Dance Walk dates, please the visit Dance Walk Moray.
Aerial Training & Performance – Funding Round 2
Fly Agaric Performing Arts will lead this project to install rigging equipment for aerial acrobatics training and performing in Universal Hall, Findhorn. The project will work with vulnerable young adults enrolled in the Youth Empowerment Programme to help them learn trapeze and circus skills using the new equipment.
Sing for Wellbeing – Funding Round 3
Local singer songwriter Nikki Lewin will run a series of participatory singing sessions with residents living in sheltered housing at Varis Court, Forres. The workshops and songs used will include a variety of old classics, some of Nikki’s own repertoire and local traditional working songs. The sessions are designed to connect emotionally with participants, stimulate and uplift. A CD of songs and short film will be produced and given to participating residents as a lasting memento and a source to stimulate memory recall.
The Regenerator – Funding Round 3
The Regenerator project is a creative collaboration between three local artists Jennifer Cantwell, Joni Phippin, Heidi Soos, and local reuse-reclaim facility Moray Waste Busters. A series of artist led themed up-cycling workshops will be held at the facility using materials otherwise destined for landfill. The following workshops will be held:
Funk your Junk with Joni Phippin – Up cycling furniture and how to make any surface chalkpaint
MilkMade with Heidi Soos – Making jewellery from milk bottle plastic
Frame Up with Heidi Soos – Making picture frames from discarded and found objects
Bookbuilding with Jennifer Cantwell – Make your own notebooks and collages using paper and old books
Revamparama with Jennifer Cantwell, Joni Phippin and Heidi Soos – A day of remaking, mending and vamping clothes, bags and accessories
Creative Pathways – Funding Round 3
This project of visual art led by local artist Caroline Inckle will develop a new bespoke work in response to the unique habitat of the Forres Community Woodlands. Working alongside Forres Community Woodlands Trust, the work will be made using materials primarily gathered from the woodlands and then placed within the site for visitors to enjoy. A series of artist walks and talks will be held during the construction of work and following installation.
The River Sings – Funding Round 4
Local artist Andrea Turner will lead workshops for local people to join her on a creative learning journey contributing to a performance piece The River Sings. The piece is a poetic, literary and visual exploration of the River Findhorn from the source to the sea, interwoven with a love story; a heroine/hero’s journey of the heart expressed in spoken word, theatre and original music. Community participants will contribute their own ideas and expressions to the piece culminating in a local live performance at Universal Hall, Findhorn Sunday 18 June 7:30pm.
Sub Asian Sound Kitchen – Funding Round 4
Local musician Dave Martin and film maker Graeme Roger will install and perform a Sub Asian Sound Kitchen with Forres based restaurant Cardamon Spice. Video and sound footage from the bustling Cardamon Spice kitchen will be mixed with footage from Bangladesh in a visual and sound extravaganza during the Forres weekend celebration of Indian Culture in the UK on Saturday 20 May.
Indispensible Me – Funding Round 4
Scottish Theatre Company Frozen Charlotte will work with a group of young carers and young people in the Forres area to explore the idea of “essentials”. Indispensible Me asks questions and will explore what is essential to a young person to live; flourish; survive and laugh. What is a must have? Internet access, a mobile phone, love, food, space, quinoa? Creative workshops to explore these ideas will be led by Artistic Director Heather Fulton using drama, performance, movement and visual art, culminating in a sharing for friends family to attend.
Sound Bites – Funding Round 4
A group of young people part of Forres Area Youth Zone will be invited to attend workshops with Chris Lee of Wildbird and Steve Gasgarth of Electrolabs to create and record ‘sound bites’ culminating in a performance for friends and family. Drawing upon ideas from young people and responding to the local area, participants will have the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce work using a fully hands on approach to create original material of broadcast quality.
Indian Adventure – Funding Round 4
Local artist Marion Normand will curate a vivid and exciting event in Forres taking local people on an Indian Adventure as part of the UK Year of Indian Culture. In partnership with Falconer Museum, creative family workshops will take place in the Museum over the festival weekend of 20-21 May making bright, traditional Indian decorations. In Grant Park a ‘Holi’ will be held with unique stories, colours and traditions of India with drumming, dance, song, music, food and faith creatively explored.