North-east artists are working together to showcase their creativity.
A wealth of creative opportunities is being brought to Aberdeen through a new project with Aberdeen City Council.
Inspiration Point is a chance to celebrate and inspire artists in the north-east, both emerging and professional. The programme is supporting local artists and offered five residencies where writers and artists could collaborate with each other and the public.
The Inspiration Point project was launched in December 2016 to bring together artists and to showcase the talent in Aberdeen and the north-east.
This weekend, The Lemon Tree is showcasing the arts. Tomorrow, schools and students will have the chance to gain insight into careers in the arts and try out workshops. Artists will be there for the students to talk to and they can learn in a creative space.
On Saturday, The Lemon Tree is open to the public for a series of workshops and short courses, from 10am to 4pm. Morna Young is one of the artists involved and will be reading at the literary salon that night with the Writers Residency. Morna received the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship and will be working with the creative learning team at Aberdeen City Council.
Morna is originally from a small fishing village near Elgin, where she was brought up, and this area plays an important part in her life. She works as a playwright, musician and actor in theatre and will spend the next year exploring the history of north-east voices, particularly the voices of working-class women. This exploration will lead to the writing of a full-length play.
“It is exciting to play a part in the north-east,” said Morna.
By showcasing her work at the literary salon this weekend, she is showing audiences a range of different material while also working with the writing community in the north-east. A number of workshops from the project’s residencies will be held throughout the day, including creative writing, to inspire the residents of the north-east to participate in artistic and creative activities. Other local artists will also be there, so there’s a big mix of arts and creative activities for people to get involved with.
At The Lemon Tree, there will be a textile instillation for the publicto interact with. The Travelling Gallery will also be at The Lemon Tree as part of the project, as will a team from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which will deliver performance workshops for people to participate in.
The event will be held at The Lemon Tree on Saturday, February 18. It is open to the public, with free entry, and will feature a range of family-friendly creative activities run by artists and writers. To book a workshop, search for Inspiration point on Eventbrite. See www.eventbrite.co.uk