Creative Communities

Creative Communities was a programme of public art projects/events/workshops in the Aberdeen, devised and managed by Margaret Stewart of Aberdeen City Council's Creative Learning Team. From August 2013 to March 2014 there was a host of imaginative and inspiring creative opportunities for residents of all ages from the cities seven regeneration areas; Seaton, Tillydrone, Woodside, Middlefield, Cummings Park and Northfield and Torry. This project was funded by Aberdeen City Council and the Fairer Scotland Fund. I was commissioned to lead several of these projects and worked with an excellent team of fellow artists and volunteers to develop and deliver them:

M26 Upcycling Project
 
Along with artist Sophie Ormerod I worked with the members of an men's support group and local residents to build skills in woodworking and DIY by undertaking various 'upcycling' tasks.  We collected discarded furniture and either restored them or salvaged materials to create new objects, for example a child's sledge made from an old shipping pallet. 
(More info on the Creative Communities blog.)
 
The Dome has Landed!
To encourage residents in each regeneration area to sign up to participate in each season of workshops/projects, we began with high-visibility, engaging 'pop-up' events. For this one in the Northfield neighbourhood of Aberdeen I made a geodesic dome from semi-opaque Correx plastic sheet which was used for a workshop where children could draw on it with wipeable markers. We also ran a shadow-puppet workshop - the light shining through the plastic created the perfect backdrop for this!
More info and pics on the Creative Communites blog.
Play With Your Food
The idea for this workshop was simple - to do the opposite of what we're usually told, and actually play with our food, creating artworks in the process.
More info and pics on the Creative Communites blog.
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