Here are the four artists and creative practitioners who have been selected to work with village halls in Moray this summer: Andrea Chappell, Neil Callaghan, Andrea Turner and Amy Benzie.
Through the Small Halls Artist in Residency programme our artists and creative practitioners will be working with and engaging rural communities through their village hall through a summer long residency.
At the heart of this programme is conversation, artist-led conversation with residents living / working in the community. The artists will exploring the ideas, issues, ecologies or stories that matter to the people living in the communities, and the unique heritage and culture of each.
Each residency will conclude at the 4th Findhorn Bay Festival with a community sharing / exhibition and celebration to showcase the collaborative response of the creative practitioners and the communities.
Part of Combine to Create, the Small Halls Artist in Residency is supported by Creative Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund and EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.
Meet our Residency Artists
Andrea Chappell is a designer maker whose practise Acme Atelier, combines the heritage crafts of bespoke kiltmaking and printmaking. Using traditional skills in a contemporary design she is creating a beautiful and functional textile for Dyke and District Village Hall in collaboration with the local community.
Working at the Village Centre in Findhorn, Neil Callaghan is an artist working with a social choreography involving local people and their relationship to food: using food as a way to connect, to be together, to discover something new.
Amy Benzie is a ceramicist with an interest in the alchemy of clay and the exchanges between art and science. She will use this material to work with Rafford Village Hall and community members to explore and learn about the area and co-create a new piece of art.
Andrea Turner’s creative practice is deeply connected to the land. In this residency at Edinkille Village Hall, Andrea will be working with the local community, hearing their stories and facilitating their creative responses through workshops in drawing, writing and song.
For more information about Combine to Create, contact Programme Coordinator, Culture Collective: Combine to Create, Elidh Brown (email firstname.lastname@example.org)