Creative Paths has been designed by artists Dawn Hartley, Quee MacArthur and Nicola Kennell, in collaboration with Findhorn Bay Arts, to offer online activities to carer groups and individuals connected to Quarriers.
From autumn 2021 to spring 2022, the Creative Paths programme will share and encourage creative skills, grow creative confidence, and build connection with others in the local area and across the North East.
Creative Paths encourages everyone to respect and enjoy their own particular way of experiencing the world. The aim is to celebrate the live artworks created and an online exhibition of a myriad of shapes, colours, patterns, textures, words, dance, music and sounds, a presentation of the beautiful diversity of people.
With interesting learning in leading online activities, Creative Paths offers opportunities for staff and volunteers as the participants grow their interest, confidence, and skills through the project.
About the artists
Dawn Hartley was a Dance Artist at The Brunton, Musselburgh from 1999-2007, before joining Scottish Dance Theatre as Head of Creative Learning.
She resumed freelance work with Company Chordelia, Barrowland Ballet, Indepen-dance and Lyra in 2019 – 20. She devised What Moves You?, connecting 4 Dance Artists (Dawn, Niamh O’Loughlin, Skye Reynolds and Julia McGhee) with 4 Scottish venues to engage with 252 participants, online and in person, and make new solo outdoor works enjoyed by audiences across Scotland.
She co-created Sea Path with Quee MacArthur, informing and inspiring this new partnership project, Creative Paths, with Findhorn Bay Arts and Quarriers.
Quee MacArthur writes tunes and plays bass in Shooglenifty and has composed for many dance and theatre productions, including The Buke of The Howlat for Findhorn Bay Arts.
In 2019, Quee collaborated with Joseph Peach and Charlie Grey to create Memory Path inspired by a walk in Assynt.
He developed Telluric Translations, an online collaboration focused on describing landscape through music and created Sea Path with Dawn Hartley for Byre Theatre as an online walking project with accessible creative tasks in 2020.
Quee is working on new compositions for the Coigach and Assynt Collection to be recorded and performed in 2022.
Nicola Kennell is an Art Therapist, Creative Arts Practitioner and Art Psychotherapist at Green Tree Art Studios.
In her work, Nicola uses a blend of mixed media materials and the natural environment to encourage others to experience exploratory and experimental art making processes.
Using simple mark making techniques, colours, patterns, textures and often drawing on themes using layers, landscapes, and connections, Nicola’s focus is on creating an imaginative space for creative discoveries to emerge and that can be accessible to all.
Nicola believes that creativity comes from many sources within, and it is inspired by many factors in our surroundings, drawing on these personal connections can help encourage our creativity to flourish creating unique and changeable experiences as well as new forms of self-expression through mark making and surface.