no bad for an amateur eh …

Another fine week on the residency this visit brought a lot of out door activity, especially in Cullen where the dolphins put on a fine display. Last month when I was in Cullen and talking with Stevie (of the pet cemetery fame) i asked him about his thinking around being described an artist (outsider artist)….

there’s life jim …. (and hope)

I spend quite a bit of time in Garmouth and Kingston with its amazing spits of shingle beaches, most excellent adhocist beach structures and constantly moving landforms that create a marvellous other worldly environment which at times can seem barren of plants and life. However look a little closer with the right person guiding you…

birds of a feather (cats too)

Great to see Stevie again this most recent visit to Cullen while I was up capturing some additional shots needed for the short film piece I am making about him and the most marvellous Pet Cemetery he has created. I had a lot of time on my hands this trip as there were many cancellations…

cullen pet cemetery – outsider art environment

CULLEN PET CEMETERY – OUTSIDER ART ENVIRONMENT MAKER : STEPHEN FINDLAY (born 1928) Retired, former forestry worker and refuse collector MATERIALS : BEACH STONES, SHELLS, PAINT, TYPOGRAPHY, WILDFLOWERS. LOCATION : The Pet Cemetery can be found by going east past the harbour, along Portlong Road nestling in the shelter of the steep brae on the…

out of the darkness – member showcase – ross mcshane

out of the darkness – member showcase – ross mcshane As I have mentioned already I am helping out the staff at Out of the Darkness Theatre Company with our rockstar project. Out of the Darkness Theatre Company is a professional theatre company located in Elgin, Scotland, who create and perform an inclusive and engaging…

women’s art group – member 2 – PEARL

women’s art group – member 2 – PEARL The second set of images from our art group are created by Pearl who is also experimenting with the camera for the first time using black and white and colour film. She also captured a really nice portrait of me with her very first shot as we…

get on your dancing shoes – rockstar project

I have begun to collaborate with the Monday group of Out of the Darkness artists and staff on a project which encompasses both hand skills and adhocist approaches to found materials as well as dabbling in digital skills both sound and moving image.  The brief we are enjoying together is called  ROCKSTAR and it will eventually…

out of the darkness theatre company

Another one of the groups I’m working with in Moray is Out of the Darkness Theatre Company. This organisation is absolutely wonderful and from what I can see they are one of the few drama groups in this region who are providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be involved in performing arts activities…

women’s art group – member 1 – Cory

women’s art group – member 1 – Cory Some of the images produced on our walks are fitting for a gallery show – they are all of vibrant colour, interesting compositions and capture beautifully the end of the seasons blooms as they shine out. here is a selection of images taken by my first profiled…

WHAT IS ENGAGEMENT

I have an approach to engagement developed over many different residencies where community engagement is a key part of the brief. Much of this has been developed through trial and error over quite varied projects with very diverse types of group. I have worked with scientists, astrologers, small towns and remote communities. i have worked…