Statement from Findhorn Bay Arts due to COVID-19

These are unforeseen, uncertain and troubling times and like everyone, here at Findhorn Bay Arts, we have had to adapt our programmes and working situation due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Although we have moved to home working, we remain motivated to create.  We are in conversation with the artists that we work with and our partners with a view to re-designing current programmes and developing new ideas that can keep us connected with you and with each other through this difficult time.

We are closely following Scottish Government guidelines and are committed to safeguarding audiences, participants, artists and the many people we work with.

Here is how we have adapted and some more information about what we aim to deliver over the next few months.

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Creative Work Shop
Our current artist-in-resident, Caroline Inckle, has re-located from our Forres High Street studio space to her home studio. Before making the move, she set up a display of some work in the windows for passers-by to enjoy if they happen to be out. Caroline is currently working with documentation and images created during the workshops she facilitated in February and March.  She hopes to now develop new artworks and innovative routes to share this with you soon.

We are in conversation with artists David Sherry, and duo Robbie Coleman & Jo Hodges, who were due to take up residency between June and September, with an ambition of developing new ways to explore place and regeneration through remote working and digital forms with you.

Through Creative Work Shop, residency artists will also be hosting and taking part in online Culture Café networking events. We will share details of these online events as soon as they are confirmed.

In the Mix
A sprinkle of good news landed with us this week as we have been successful in securing funding from the Youth Music Initiative.  This will enable our In The Mix project to deliver a programme supporting aspiring musicians to progress their creative ideas and skills.

In the coming months, we will work with our artists to develop online content and activities to support young people who are looking to develop their music skills.

Watch this space for more information to come!

Findhorn Bay Festival
The 4th Findhorn Bay Festival is scheduled to take place later this year in September as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters.  We are closely monitoring Government advice and until such time a ban on events is issued covering the September period, the Festival dates remain on the calendar.

However, the vast programme and spectacular new events we had been working on for over two years can not be realised in the way we had imagined. We don’t know quite yet what events and activities will now look like, but through conversation with artists, partners and funders we are adapting ideas and creating new routes of how we can bring a ‘festival’ to you later this year.

We are taking each day as it comes with the best interests of our team, artists, local community and audiences at heart.

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We acknowledge this is a difficult time for so many people and we hope you are staying safe and coping well in our current restricted world.

We extend a huge thank you to all the front-line health workers, chemists and food shops as well as the third sector organisations, businesses, community groups and the many volunteers who are coming together to help us all. Thank you also to the artists we work with, partners, our funders and you our friends and audiences for working with us through these challenging times.

We’re in this together and here at Findhorn Bay Arts we are staying positive and looking to the future as best as we can. Together we can blossom again and soon we will be able to make creative things happen in Moray and beyond again.

Be kind, stay safe and go well.