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Art in Aden celebrated at Midsummer Festival

Midsummer Arts Festival LogoVisitors to Aden Country Park, in Mintlaw, are being encouraged to explore the park to discover a range of new public art installations. The temporary pieces of art are to be launched as part of the Midsummer Arts Festival event due to take place on Sunday 19th June between 11am and 4pm.

Following on from the Art in Aden public consultation and the production of a Public Art Strategy for Aden Country Park, funded by Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Scheme, the Midsummer Arts Festival marks the first steps towards delivering on the aims and objectives detailed in the Aden Public Art Strategy.

The Midsummer Arts Festival will offer a range of activities for all ages including an opportunity to see the art work of the six commissioned artists who are exploring the theme of Secrets, Stories and Mysteries.

The six temporary art installations will take many shapes, forms and mediums and will all relate to Aden Country Park in some way. Each artists work will be sited in Aden Country Park, forming an arts trail which visitors are encouraged to explore.

Commissioned professional artists include Allan Watson, Carla Angus, Gordon Burnett, Jenny Johnstone, Kate Robinson and Ken Cockburn.

Artwork will include a 10 foot badger, a poetry walk, sand painting, an opportunity to scrabble wi Doric, a trail of welcome shelters and a larger than life brobdingnagian gate. Some of the artists will also be providing hands on activity, so come along and get involved.

Hazel Weeks, Friends of Aden said
“This is hopefully the start of something new and exciting for Aden Country Park. The Friends of Aden have been working closely with Aberdeenshire Council, Buchan Development Partnership and Icecream Architecture on the development of the Public Art Strategy for Aden. We hope that the public get behind the event and the introduction of art in the park. If we get positive feedback we hope to apply for further funding to help make Aden a cultural hub for north Aberdeenshire.”

Aden CourtyardThe onsite Aberdeenshire Farming Museum is also officially launching its new temporary Food, Folk & Land museum exhibition as part of the Midsummer Arts Festival. The exhibition aims to explore what visitors think and feel about the farming heritage of the North East of Scotland.

With funding support from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) a comprehensive community consultation will also be carried out on the day and the coming weeks to help identify and inform the next stage of development for the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum.

Other activities will include bird and bat box making, country fair stalls, free drop in craft activities, face painting, Tam O Shunter train rides, delicious food from the Café at Aden, and of course a chance for the kids to let off steam at the ever popular children’s play area.

The Midsummer Arts Festival event is brought to you through partnership working between the Friends of Aden, Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) and Aberdeenshire Council.

The development of the Aden Country Park Public Art Strategy and temporary Public Art Trail has been made possible through the funding support from the Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Scheme.

For further information about the event please visit the Midsummer Arts Festival event page for further information.

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