‘The COAST committee is meeting 2.30 Tuesday 10 January to consider a suggestion that COAST continue but in a change form. COAST would no longer deliver festivals and would become a commissioning agency for occasional quality arts events, as and when opportunities arose.If this suggestion is not agreed we will continue to wind up the organisation.Anyone interested in being actively involved in this new direction will be welcome to attend the meeting. Many members of the current committee will shortly be standing down so COAST will need new committee members if we are to continue. This is your chance to make it happen.’The meeting will be held in the room above the Kelpie (café) in Banff Castle 2.30 Tuesday 10 Jan.
‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016 – Sound and Light show Returns to Castle for a Final Flourish.
On 26th November Coast Festival will present a very special free arts event in Banff. During the Coast festival weekend last year, an animated sound and light show was projected onto the outside of Banff Castle as a celebration of the 2015 International Year of Light. The original piece, created by renowned video installation artist John McGeoch, was commissioned with funding from Aberdeenshire Council and featured the work of local artists, music and poetry interwoven with footage of the land and seascape. An animated ‘skin’ wound its way over the surface of Banff Castle, making the appearance of the building shift and change.
Acting Coast Chair, Hazel Weeks, said “The screening got a lot of attention on social media at the time but had to be shown late in the evening, so many people,
particularly families with young children, missed out on seeing it. We promised last year that we would bring this event back for another showing and the perfect opportunity has come as a number of other events take place in Banff on the last weekend in November.”
Coast has commissioned John McGeoch to create a fitting finale to the original epic video projection, to be driven by sound, music, images and artwork but this time coming from artists and local school children. The inspiration for this new work called ‘Burning the Light’ has come from The Treasures of Historic Banffshire exhibition currently on at Duff House which includes the ceremonial Pictish trumpet, known as the Deskford Carnyx. Coast committee member, Rachel Kennedy, adds “ ‘Burning the Light’ refers to the ancient practice of lighting fires to conquer the long winter nights, but it’s also apt because we’re putting our last reserves into this event and saying goodbye to the Coast Festival with the end of the year. We’ve had some wonderful times and some
great achievements with this annual event and hope that we have added something to the creative life of this wonderful area. As the community has always been at the core of what we were trying to achieve we want to invite you to join us for one last time – please come along and help Coast to go out with a flourish.”
Date: 26th November 2016.
When and Where
The ‘Walk of the Carnyx’ will start at 5:00 pm at Low Street, Banff and finish with a short musical performance at Banff Castle at around 5:20 pm
‘Burning the Light’ will be shown at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Banff Castle.
Each show lasts 50 minutes.
Refreshments will be available to purchase on site during both performances.
Contact for ‘Burning the Light’:
Alison Simpson, Coast Festival Project Co-ordinator
Links for further information:
John McGeoch – ArtsinMotion
29th October – Treasures of Banffshire exhibition opens at Duff House.
31st October – 8th November Puppet Animation making puppets in Banff Primary and Macduff Primary
Youth Music Initiative sessions taking place in two local schools
25th November Celebrating North East Writers at Banff Castle
25th and 26th November Community Celebration event
Late Feb Civic Reception (includes John Kenny playing)
Over the Community Celebration weekend, there will be creative storytelling sessions and family craft activities in the Long Gallery and when Duff House closes at 4pm, the intention is to have activities or happenings staggered at intervals long the route from Duff House to Banff Castle, culminating in the first showing of Coast’s sound and light masterpiece at 5.30pm.
In the weeks leading up to the event, Puppet Animation Scotland will be working with a couple of local primary schools to create a range of puppets, sets and stories based around the Carnyx. Larger puppets may be used as markers on this route – also potential new imagery for John McGeoch to capture, showing the children making and creating. Kids will want to come along to the light event with their families to see how they may have contributed to the final edit.
Aberdeenshire Council will also have a musician working with three further primary schools, again Carnyx-themed, making sounds with wood instruments. John McGeoch will be able to add recordings to a re-worked sound track, making another connection to the light & sound event for young people.
From 2 July until 28 August 2016.
A new exhibition focusing on artists’ responses to the sea will be shown at Duff House this summer.
All works on show will be by members of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
The exhibition will include three pieces from the Royal Scottish Academy collections: ‘Cod requiem’ a film by Will Maclean and Andy Rice: ‘Harbour Window’ by Silvia Wishart, and ‘Morning Harbour’ by Ian Fleming. Other works have been sourced direct from the artists or from private collections and include work from Frances Walker, Joyce W Cairns, Arthur Watson, Barbara Rae, Ian MacKenzie Smith, William Littlejohn and John Bellamy. Some works will be for sale.
COAST Arts Festival contacted the RSA earlier this year in the hope that an exhibition might be developed to be shown in Duff House during the 2016 Festival. When it was decided that COAST would not take place this year, the Committee took the decision to go forward with the SEA show regardless, in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland and the RSA.
Colin Greenslade, Director of the Royal Scottish Academy, is curating the show. Colin is himself from the North East, having grown up in Elgin and studied at Gray’s School of Art. He is keen to enhance opportunities for local communities to experience a full range of high quality art and has used his considerable expertise and knowledge to bring us this exhibition.
Hazel Weeks, Secretary of COAST Arts Festival said “We are delighted to bring this show to Duff House this summer for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors alike. We would like to thank The Royal Scottish Academy and Duff House, Historic Environment Scotland for their enthusiasm, commitment and co-operation in making this happen. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people in the North East to view work by these renowned artists. We are sure that this exhibition will be enjoyed and valued by all who see it.”
SEA will be on show at Duff House, Banff AB45 3SX from 2 July until 28 August 2016.
Many of the pieces are for sale: see list of artists and prices
See Duff House Website, www.duffhouse.org.uk ,for information on opening times and admission charges.
Normal Opening Hours: 1 April – 31 October
Daily, 11am to 5pm
Contacts: Alison Simpson, COAST Festival – 01542 841063
Graeme Curran, Duff House – 01261 818181
Colin Greenslade, Royal Scottish Academy – 0131 225 6671
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In celebration of North East Writers,
past and present,
DAFT Writing Group present:
Jen Cooper, Shane Strachan, Alison Lumsden and Wayne Price.
Writing Fringe: part of the Coastal Fringe 2016
Sunday 22 May from 2pm
DAFT Writing presents a programme of workshops and readings celebrating north east writing talent.
Join us on Sunday 22 May ,Upstairs At The Kelpie, Banff Castle, Banff.
DAFT Writers & Friends are invited to take part in a lightning strike Writing Workshop lead by Wayne Price – be prepared to work!
From 2pm – 2.45pm
Entry By Donation
Aberdeen May Festival Headliners can be seen first at Banff Castle.
Entry By Donation
- Alison Lumsden, poet and senior lecturer at Aberdeen University, will talk about 20th century north-east writers including Shepherd and Gibbon: illustrating the traditions new writers of the region draw on today.
- Shane Strachan, Peterhead fiction writer focussing on north-east fishing communities, featuring Doric dialect. His work has been published widely and his drama staged in Aberdeen.
- Jen Cooper, Aberdeen poet and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2016. Her poems have been published in several literary magazines including
The Rialto, Ambit, New Writing Scotland and Envoi.
- Wayne Price, Aberdeen poet, fiction writer and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2011 is Co-Director of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing. His work is widely published and his poetry pamphlet Fossil Record was selected for the Laureate’s Choice series 2015 by Carol Ann Duffy.
Question & Answer session
Got a burning question you want to ask the panel of writers? Hang around for the Q&A. Chat about writing influences and experiences,
This event is supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s Towns’ Regeneration Scheme
Sat & Sun Events
Banff Art Club Exhibition & Sale – Top Floor of Castle
Banffshire Journal Photographic Exhibition
Curtiss & Clementine Vintage & Craft Fair
Banff Academy Art & Design Exhibition & Music
The Deesidedly Tasty Food Company- Hog Roast & More
The Banff Castle Pipe Band. Banff Photographic Club
Banff Preservation Society-Walking the Marches 10.30 am
Rifle Club Car Boot & Plant Sale 10 -12am
Deveron FM. Other events-Duff House & Harvest Centre
Imagine at 27, Low St – Beautiful Local Arts & Crafts
Enable Car Boot Sale 10-3pm
The Banffie Pet Portraits – Your own pet photo shoot!
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The Owl & Pussycat Animal Sanctuary 12-3pm
Fire Service, Grampian Police
Music – Individual artists and more……
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Friends of Aden are currently offering a commission for a range of public art interventions in Aden Country Park. We are looking for artists to deliver low cost temporary work that will help deliver our public art strategy.This commission is the second part of a project designed to introduce public art into Aden Country Park. The Friends of Aden have commissioned ‘Icecream Architecture’ (a group of socially engaged artists, designers & architects) to produce a strategy for public art in Aden Country Park. Their work included a period of consultation which has informed the strategy.
This commission is for the second phase of this project and is for the production of a series of temporary art interventions. These pieces of work will be in response to the strategy, providing an opportunity to test some of the recommendations, and help gauge public response.
It is essential the interventions respond to the strategy.The outline plan for public art commissions as identified by the strategy is as follows:-Spring / Summer program 2016
• Theme: Secrets, mysteries and stories
• Location: A concentrated selection of the woodlands towards the edges of the park – exact location to be identified.
• 4 – 5 small commissions, for temporary interventions.
• The commissions will be launched simultaneously, with a public event celebrating them, where possible the artworks should remain in situ for a minimum a weekThis is an exciting opportunity for artists to make the Public Art Strategy active by creating temporary pieces of work that will set a precedent for future practice and contribute to the establishment of public art in Aden Country Park.Artists can submit for one or more interventions that conform to the following maximum budgets, £500, £750, £1,000, £1,500 £2,000 (to cover all costs). It is anticipated that a range of artists will be commissioned. A total budget of £6,000 is available and we are looking for 4/5 pieces of work.Collaboration between artists would be welcome.
We are keen to encourage local artists to tender, however this opportunity is open to all.The interventions can include any art form.Artists should be aware that the park is a playful, informal place, without too many rules or surveillance. It doesn’t have any of the formal expectation in terms of behaviour that a gallery might have.Full artist brief and strategy http://www.adencountrypark.org.uk/friends-of-aden-country-park