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Artist appointed for Remembering Together: Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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Artist Claudia Zeiske will take up the commision
Artist Claudia Zeiske will take up the commision

Remembering Together: Aberdeenshire has appointed an artist to work with communities across the region as part of the Scotland-wide Covid Memorial initiative.

Claudia Zeiske is a curator and cultural activist who combines her experience in social engagement with her walking art practice.

This first step of Remembering Together: Aberdeenshire will see the artist gather the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of communities across the region.

It is this that will help shape what a Covid memorial could be for Aberdeenshire.

Taking inspiration from Aberdeenshire-born community planner Patrick Geddes, Claudia will be walking from the top of Scotland’s second-highest mountain, Ben Macdui, to the port of Peterhead, passing Gedde’s birthplace of Ballater, and connecting with many communities along the way.

From July to October, 20 walks of 10 kilometres will complete this 200km journey from mountain to sea.

Invited co-walkers along the way will discuss their community and the impact Covid has had, with the artist.

Walking allows for thinking in movement, encouraging contemplation and exercise at the same time.

At the end of each individual journey, there will be the opportunity for the local community to come together over a meal to share their experiences of both pandemic and place with the artist.

Claudia says, “This commission is bringing together all my experiences, ambitions and interests on both a social as well as artistic level, and I will make sure that I do Aberdeenshire proud.”

If you are a local group who would like more information and/or would like to welcome the artist to your community, then please email artsteam@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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