In October 2023, as part of the Culture Collective Celebration event, we installed a ‘Book Nook’ (reading room) at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. Filled with the many books, pamphlets, zines and publications created by the Culture Collective network, it offered a fascinating insight into the breadth and diversity of projects, as well as showcasing the creativity that emerged from and with communities. Whilst some of those publications exist only in physical format, we’ve gathered digital versions of as many as we can to create this Virtual Book Nook. We hope this will serve as an archive of some of the Culture Collective’s creativity, as well as to offer a moment of pause, exploration and discovery for those looking to explore Culture Collective anywhere, anytime. Dive in…
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▴ Nicky Bolland – The Entangled Tea Set: CULTIVATE project by Creative Practitioner Nicky Bolland, in collaboration with the Cateran Ecomuseum and Alyth Development Trust in Perth & Kinross
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▴ Paradise Now! A climate justice handbook for young people – The publication comes from a 7-month residency at Deveron Projects where Hussein Mitha focused on engaging young people in Huntly with climate justice movements
How Good is our Hall? toolkit Opens in a new window
The ‘How Good is our Hall?’ toolkit was designed and developed by Claire Abbott as part of her role as Legacy Practitioner with the Safe Harbour: Open Sea Culture Collective project in Fittie, Aberdeen. Based on the Place Standard: How good is our place? Toolkit, ‘How Good is our Hall?’ uses the values of community learning and development to start conversations about community halls. The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing everyone who has an interest in a community space to consider a range of elements – from access and transport to green space and sustainability – in a methodical way.
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▴ The Culture Collective Story by John Martin Fulton
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▴ Read More is an ongoing Alchemy Film & Arts project designed to encourage additional engagement with its film exhibitions and other events. Mark Lyken’s contribution to Read More coincides with his six-month residency with Alchemy Film & Arts, where he developed Notes from a Low Orbit, a new feature-length study of the town, its communities and the rituals that inform their everyday experience. Mark’s commission is part of The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil.
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▴ Safe Harbour, Open Sea – Voices of Footdee visitor trail
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▴ What We Do Now exhibition publication – The Story of What We Do Now. Documented by Kirstin McEwan and Patrick Rooney
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▴ What We Do Now – Know One Place readout
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▴ What We Do Now – evaluation snapshot
Dreamlands: Publication 2 Opens in a new window
Dreamlands is a cross-disciplinary project by artist Mina Heydari-Waite, weaving together ideas arising in collaboration and conversation with the dreamlands pottery (a group of women* from global majority backgrounds) and in walking together we make the path (a social dreaming workshop open to people of marginalised genders). The project asks: can the act of sharing our dreams create possibilities for new thought about how we occupy space in our shared waking world?
Dreamlands is a Govanhill Baths Culture Collective project, interpreting the theme of OCCUPY! through socially engaged artistic practice.
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▴ Inverclyde Culture Collective: Together, a poetic celebration of community strength and diversity by Greenock Writers Club
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▴ From Acorns: An anthology of new writing from Inverclyde – Katharine Macfarlane
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▴ in the hope of placing roots... New writing from
by Of Earth and Sky – Katharine Macfarlane
Deveron Projects Town Collection Art Map Opens in a new window
Deveron Projects has been working in Huntly since 1995, producing socially-engaged projects with artists from all over the world. Our projects connect artists, communities and places locally, nationally and internationally through the process of artmaking, trying to break down barriers to contemporary art, share a multitude of cultures, and enact social justice.
The town’s businesses, schools, churches, alleyways and riverbanks host artworks and as a collection - known as the Town Collection - they tell a story of the town through the lens of local, national and international socially-engaged artists who lived and worked in Huntly.
Christmas scripts & drama games Opens in a new window
These plays were produced as part of the Highland Culture Collective, through Fèis Rois. Artair Donald was Drama Artist In Residence with the Highland Culture Collective. Artair travelled to Gaelic Medium schools throughout the Highlands, using his knowledge and drama skills to encourage and improve the children’s use of Gaelic. Over those 2 years he found there was a lack of Gaelic scripts for young people. At Christmas time, the schools would sing Gaelic songs as their Christmas show. Working with pupils at Acharacle Primary and Bun-sgoil Shlèite (2021-22), Artair developed scripts with the pupils through their work together, and presented plays based on Christmas. You can download the scripts using the link above, and use and adapt them as you please, using place names local to you, and individual situations.