Long-time Deveron Projects artistic collaborator Jacques Coetzer returned to Huntly in February 2017 to begin his project Room to Reinvent.
There are a whole series of exchanges, values and relationships that take place in everyday life and that contribute to the economy of a place - which we might not usually associate with the economy as we have come to know it. Even in a small town like Huntly it can feel like we have very little influence over the economy, but rather it has influence over us. In light of Aberdeenshire Council’s intentions to develop a town regeneration plan for Huntly, Jacques asked how can we take back the local economy and make it work for us?
Jacques heard people ideas and thoughts on how best to regenerate Huntly, from making better use of public space to taking over empty shops. He conducted research with a wide range of local people to try and develop an approach to town regeneration from the bottom up. As part of the project Jacques opened up a pop-up cafe in town, People's Cafe at No.11 Gordon St.