Creative Aberdeenshire Network: Celebrating People and Place

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Aboyne Library

Bridgeview Road

Aboyne

AB34 5JN

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Cultural custodians of sustainable artist-led community creativity with Mel Shand and Lindsay Dunbar.

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As part of Creative Aberdeenshire Network (CAN), join local artist Mel Shand and self-penned ‘cultural crofter’ Lindsay Dunbar as they explore the nurturing of creative projects in rural areas, in our fourth CAN event “Celebrating People and Place - Cultural custodians of sustainable artist-led community creativity”.

Part of the Across the Grain festival and supported by Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Arts and Heritage team.

Doors open 6.30pm with light refreshments.

Speakers Biographies

Lindsay Dunbar

With 15 years of experience as a strategic leader, project manager and innovation producer, Lindsay Dunbar is a ‘cultural crofter’ nurturing and tending to creative projects in rural areas. Selected as the Creative Scotland Fellow 17/18 for the prestigious Clore Leadership programme, she used this opportunity to explore a values-led process, addressing issues of representation throughout her work, ensuring every voice can be heard and help every project reach it’s potential. She can often be found enthusing about her work with Creative Youth Activist groups in the North of Scotland as part of the Europe-wide Start the Change project.

A busy researcher, she works on projects which focus on the creative industries, specialising in a rural context as well as international approach. An accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator, she is experienced in facilitating workshops and sessions with a variety of people, from industry professionals to community members.

Read: Forgotten Regions: Developing theatre through rural creative hubs

www.lindsaydunbar.co.uk

Follow me on Twitter @revoltshesaid

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Mel Shand is a fully occupied in one creative activity or another.

With a BA Hons in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone she has spent the last 30 years building a reputation for fearlessness when it comes to community engagement. In 2009 she suffered a near death experience which made her realise how short and precious life is and during her recovery the realisation of the importance of community. Her response was to create a Portrait of our Time, 220 portraits of neighbours standing "At yer ain front door" and pen her first community play based on the stories and legends of the rural community. In 2015 she was invited to reconsider the Christmas story and wrote "AlterNativity", an outdoor play that paired the Syrian refugee crisis with the sense of community and displacement. The play won an Epic Award for Scotland for creative community engagement with the arts. Most recently she and her team have delivered BeeKind and ecological and environmental story about the parallels with bees and the community.

In between times and having raised three sons she paints, teaches, is a Trustee of the River Dee and a Network Promoter for NEAT - North East Arts Touring. She lives up a glen with her Gamekeeper Husband and dances to the tune of the seasons.

www.melshand.com

Follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melshandartist/

Contact me via: melshand.artist@gmail.com

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Aboyne Library

Bridgeview Road

Aboyne

AB34 5JN

United Kingdom

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