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Press Coverage The Caravan Gallery and Jacques Coetzer Aberdeenshire Ways October – December 2014


Visitor Attraction Improvement Scheme (VAIS)


aunched in November 2013, the VAIS was created to help make improvements to attractions which celebrate Aberdeenshire’s unique assets.

The funding scheme offers direct support to local businesses and community groups which are contributing to Aberdeenshire’s tourism economy by attracting visitors into the area and providing information on Aberdeenshire’s rich cultural and environmental heritage. The VAIS is already supporting a wide range of improvements at 12 attractions across Aberdeenshire, from new signage at Braemar Castle in Royal Deeside, to upgrades to the arena which hosts the annual Turriff Show. Funding was available to organisers of major visitor events, resources and attractions which promote Aberdeenshire’s traditions, arts, heritage or environment. Other successful applicants to the scheme include the Buchan Development Partnership, for improved marketing of Aden Country Park at Mintlaw; funding to The Grassic Gibbon Centre to explore the possibility of an interactive addition to their exhibition and help with the installation of portable wildlife video cameras in the gardens of Boyndie Visitor Centre.

Aberdeenshire Ways


n November and December a small yellow caravan could be spotted touring round the communities of Aberdeenshire. The distinctive vehicle was the headquarters for the artistic collaboration of Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, of The Caravan Gallery, and placemaking artist Jacques Coetzer. The trio set off on an adventure round Aberdeenshire to explore the unique identity of the area and speak to local people about what makes their community special. Over the six week tour the artists collected a wide range of objects, stories, songs, images, recipes, poems and fascinating facts about Aberdeenshire from its local people. The project was commissioned by Be Part of the Picture, in collaboration with Huntly-based Deveron Arts. The findings from Aberdeenshire Ways will feed into the development of the refreshed brand identiy and future promotion of Aberdeenshire.

Picturing Aberdeenshire exhibition


berdeenshire councillors were invited to be the first contributors to the Be Part of the Picture programme, by identifying places, landmarks or key features which make Aberdeenshire special to them. Picturing Aberdeenshire showcases some of Aberdeenshire’s greatest features, from the well known historic landmarks and landscapes to the hidden gems that make the area unique. The exhibition features a selection of locations which councillors voted as their favourites in Aberdeenshire. The full range of images can be found on the Be Part of the Picture website. The exhibition was on display in Woodhill House in November and is now touring various locations across Aberdeenshire.

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Caravan gallery to visit Aberdeenshire - Inverurie Herald

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An artistic collaboration is setting off around Aberdeenshire to explore the area’s unique identity and speak to locals about what makes their community special. The vibrant yellow Caravan Gallery and placemaking artist Jacques Coetzer will be visiting communities across Aberdeenshire and are hoping to speak to as many people as possible to build a detailed picture of “our Aberdeenshire”. The Aberdeenshire Ways project has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council’s creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture, in collaboration with Huntly-based Deveron Arts. The artists are also hoping to collect a range of objects, stories, songs, images, recipes, poems and fascinating facts about the area, to go into a colourful display. Aberdeenshire Ways is gathering information for the Be Part of the Picture programme, which is engaging with local people to shape a refreshed identity for Aberdeenshire, boost local economies and celebrate the unique identities of our communities through cultural engagement projects. Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, said: “This is an exciting project and a fantastic opportunity for local people and communities to tell us about what makes Aberdeenshire special for them. “Be Part of the Picture will be delivering a refreshed brand for Aberdeenshire next year and this is a chance for people to be involved in the process and contribute their ideas on what unique elements of it deserve to be highlighted on a local, national and international level.” It will visit Inverurie on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November, Ellon on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November, Peterhead on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November and Fraserburgh on Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 November. Claudia Zeiske, director of Deveron Arts said: “We are looking forward to working with Jacques again as he meets people and learns more about what Aberdeenshire means to them.” Find a business

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