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Arts project is showcased in book

Peter Murray, Nicola Twine (CLD), Pauline Watson, Dee Coulson, Jill McWilliam, Colin Tenant (tutor) Michelle Bain, Fiona Jones, Fiona Taylor, Mark Mitchell (Community Planning) and Cllr Isobel Davidson

Peter Murray, Nicola Twine (CLD), Pauline Watson, Dee Coulson, Jill McWilliam, Colin Tenant (tutor) Michelle Bain, Fiona Jones, Fiona Taylor, Mark Mitchell (Community Planning) and Cllr Isobel Davidson

A book has been launched showcasing the work of an arts development project in Formartine.

Six local community groups and more than 40 people – ranging from seven to 70 - took part in ‘Life Through A Lens’.

The aim of the project, launched in 2012, was to encourage local participants to use photography as a form of expression, exploration and reflection - placing particular emphasis on barriers to participation in day-to-day activities.

It focused on raising awareness of the issues affecting vulnerable people.

Nicola Twine, senior community learning and development worker at Ellon’s Ythan Centre, said: “This book is a successful example of collaborative working between council departments and other key partners, and was jointly led by Community

Planning, Community Learning and Development, and Arts Development with the expertise of lead artist Colin Tennant.

“Many of the images tell a direct story about social inclusion, isolation and challenges. However, alongside these you will also find images that are simply interesting, beautiful or perhaps tell a different story.

“The achievement of the images produced are included as a testament of the barriers the artists overcame in order to take part and progress in this group learning project.”

‘Life Through A Lens’ concluded with a large-scale group exhibition, which showcased the work of all the participants.

Copies of the book are available at Ellon Library.

 

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