Public Art Masteplan

The North Kincardine Public Art Masterplan will take another step forward as visual artist Rachel O’Neill goes walking with local people to talk to them, pick their creative minds and find out what they think about the area. Rachel will also be dropping into see community groups based in the area and is urging any interested groups to get in touch on Facebook at ‘North Kincardine Art’.

The artist has been working with Aberdeenshire Council’s arts development and community learning teams as well as local groups and has already enjoyed gathering information and has organised a series of events to learn more.

The alternative map of North Kincardine will go towards forming the Public Art Masterplan, part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Programme and funded through the Percent for Art Scheme.

Events planned include a Drop-in day for all ages at Muchall’s Village Hall on Saturday, July 16 from 10am to 3pm; Creating a giant map at Asda Portlethen on Saturday, July 23 from 10am to 3pm; Pub quizzes for adults at The Lethen Arms, Portlethen and The Paddock, Portlethen earlier this week and The Newton Arms, Newtonhill, tonight, Friday.

Aberdeenshire Council’s arts development officer, Marie Shaw, said: “Rachel is asking people to contribute things that they feel are important to themselves and the area. It may be the history of the area, natural landscapes or personal stories.”

Artist Rachel O’Neill is enthusiastic about her discoveries in the area so far:

“I have discovered so much fascinating information about the area which comes directly from people that I have met in North Kincardine.

“People have contributed material which speaks of now – including a bridge where you can wave at passing trains and sometimes hear a response; a field full of Scottish Bison; a pond in Muchalls called the Midnight Pond where Mel Gibson’s Hamlet was filmed; a moor in Findon which grows wild orchids; favourite walks; hidden beaches, caves and view points which people feel are important.

“People are also pointing to the past and telling stories of their family’s great grandparents working and living in the land as well as the stories that have been passed through the generations and walks that they would have taken.

“People have also contributed information that they think is historically or geographically significant. I want to be able to put all of this information together and create a unique document of the area that speaks of the strengths and character of North Kincardine.”