Explore Art in Aden at special festival

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Visitors 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, June 19, between 11am and 4pm.

Following on from the Art in Aden public consultation and the production of a PublicArt Strategy for Aden Country Park, the Midsummer Arts Festival marks the firststeps towards delivering on the aims and objectives detailed in the Aden Public ArtStrategy.

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, GordonBurnett, Jenny Johnstone, Kate Robinson and Ken Cockburn.

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, BuchanDevelopment 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 furtherfunding to help make Aden a cultural hub for north Aberdeenshire.”

Other activities will include live music, country fair stalls, free drop in craft activities,face painting, Tam O Shunter train rides and delicious food from the Café at Aden.

For further details on the event visit www.adencountrypark.org.uk