From January 2015 to June 2018, I was part of the core team at Deveron Projects, a socially engaged arts organisation that runs artist residencies and a year-round creative events programme. Based in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, it operates a Town is the Venue methodology, with programmes of talks and events taking place in different venues throughout the town.
Artists are commissioned to spend three months (either as a block or over a longer period of time) in Huntly, developing a project which is of social relevance to the town, but also relevant on a global scale.
Deveron Projects is highly productive, programming at least one event per week and up to 5 or 6 projects per year. The projects are vast and varied and so were my roles over my four years there.
While I was Project Manager for Deveron Projects, I was responsible for the overall production and delivery of the programme and day-to-day running of the organisation; as Art & Community Worker, my role previous to this, I worked directly with artists in residence on their projects and directly with the Huntly community, trying to maintain the 50/50 balance of artistic integrity and meaningful engagement; and my first role, as Shadow Curator, involved working with the Director, Claudia Zeiske, assisting her and offering critical questions to curatorial decisions.
You can read more about Deveron Projects here.