The town is the venue describes the framework in which we work and contribute to the social wellbeing of our town. We inhabit, explore, map and activate the place through artist driven projects. Huntly’s small town context, its 18th Century streets and the surrounding Aberdeenshire countryside offer an abundance of possibilities to work with. We have engaged with local people and their clubs, choirs, shops, schools, churches, bars and discos here since 1995.
PLACE / WORK / FOLK
Whatever happens on a small scale is always connected to a larger reality. Working in our hometown with artists from around the world connects our local communities with the international sphere.
Deveron Projects draws inspiration from Sir Patrick Geddes, the Aberdeenshire born father of town planning who viewed society as a bio-diverse interconnected system. By adopting his plural approach, we seek to respond to the many interests and needs of all age groups, cultures and demographics in our community.
Geddes’ model of PLACE / WORK / FOLK inspires how we look at our HOME and informs our project themes.
/The 50/50 Principle
The 50/50 Principle is our guideline for a socially engaged work practice, balancing artistic endeavor with everyday life. For example:
ARTIST / COMMUNITY
IDEALS / REALITY
TENSION / SOLUTION
LOCAL / GLOBAL
HOME / AWAY
HOSPITALITY / CRITICALITY
CONTEMPORARY / TRADITIONAL
YOUNG / OLD
OUT / IN
/Live where you work
In keeping with the town is the venue, we – artists and art workers – live/work in the town. Being part of local life helps create a better understanding of the culture, its strengths, its problems and how they can be solved. This way the artist has a role like any other worker in the town
Visit us at our base in the Brander Building in Huntly’s town square.