Community views sought on Creative Aden project
Aden Country Park in Mintlaw is getting ready for an exciting adventure into ‘being creative.’ The Friends of Aden Park are pushing forward on the ambition to bring Public Art into Aden, following popular demand from visitors to see art events or a sculpture trail developed for the Park. The Friends have appointed a small group of socially engaged artists and designers called Icecream Architecture to work with them to draw up a plan for how these artworks might be developed over the next 3 to 5 years.
Hazel Weeks, Friends of Aden group said “We are really keen to engage with the local community to find out their ideas and opinions regarding public art. It’s an exciting new creative project for the park, one in which we hope the public will enjoy being part of.”
Icecream Architecture takes its name from the van they began their work in 5 years ago. The practice has remained mobile and passionate about working in inventive and often unusual ways with local people in the places they live and use. They are really keen to ensure that local residents and visitors can share and contribute their ideas and help to shape this plan. To kick start this they will be resident in the park between the 21st - 23rd October running a number of public events and keen to hear from anyone who might like to get involved in the exploration.
These free and fun events include a ‘Detective Walk,’ on 21st October 1 - 4pm, where the group will be involved in creatively mapping the park (please bring wellies and some sunshine.) Followed by ‘Film & Brainstorming Evening,’ 22nd October, 6 - 8pm and a ‘Practical & Playful Morning’ on the 23rd October, 10am - 1pm, where people are invited to join the artist to begin making and testing. All events start from the Aden Theatre.
In addition the team will be out and about in the neighbouring villages between now and Christmas and setting up a series of stations in the community where people can learn about the project and contribute their opinions. From the 21st of October a permanent station will be set up in the Coach House building in the park.
Following the completion of the plan at the beginning of 2016, artist briefs will be created, inviting artists to begin to respond with their ideas. It is envisaged that a number of temporary artworks will then be installed or sited into the park by summer 2016, as a means to test and further explore what will work for Aden.