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Burghead Headland Trust

The residency
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Burghead Clavie; Photo: Peter Dibdin

The residency

Fisher; Photo: Graeme Roger

Moray based visual artist Graeme Roger and sound artist Dave Martin have been artists in residence at Burghead Headland Trust from April to September 2007 and Headland is the result of their time spent working with the Burghead community.

Their work is currently showing at Moray Art Centre, a new completely eco-logical, purpose built art centre in the North East of Scotland. Burghead photographs; Photo: Graeme Roger

Through their time within the Burghead community; talking to people, exchanging ideas and documenting daily life, they have created photographs, film and sound works, which explore the past and present life in 'the Broch'.  Local musicians, the craft group, Clavie crew, sub-aqua club and fishermen are amongst those who have contributed towards the project which will eventually be made into a book.

‘The challenge was to create a project that referenced the towns history whilst having the focus on the contemporary life of those who live and work in the area.’

Graeme Roger, Visual Artist in Residence

Graeme and Dave, funded by partners: Scotland's Artist Residency Programme, Highland 2007, Moray Council and Diageo, were based at Burghead Headland Trust and Burghead Library. Film still from Headland coastguard; Graeme Roger

The project was participant led, so as to become a more valuable and relevant document for the community. Local people offered their stories in the form of anecdotes, photographs, objects and pieces of film. Stories ranged from historical document and narrative to sentimental reminiscence and comical tales. The outcome is a film that touches on various aspects of life in Burghead.

Burghead Clavie; Photo: Peter Dibdin Also featured in the exhibition is a series of 24 large format photographs of 'The Burning of the Clavie.'  The images produced in collaboration with the photographer Peter Dibdin, show the burning of the Clavie, a traditional event on the 11th of January (the original Hogmanay before the calendar changed in 1660) when a burning barrel filled with staves is carried around the village before proceeding to a stone altar on the ancient Doorie Hill. The clavie is set down here and more fuel is added until the hillside is ablaze with a beacon of fire.

The exhibition will be a preview to the book launch in November, which illustrates a snapshot into the community. The limited edition book will be available with the DVD of the project. It is hoped that the exhibition and the book will raise the profile of the Headland Trust and the work it does. Film still from Headland Sub Aqua Club; Graeme Roger

'Dave and Graeme met all sectors of the village and were very much accepted into the community here and the success of the project is down the good relationships that were created.'

Cath Miller, The Headland Trust

The artists

Sound Artist Dave Martin has worked with a wide range of theatre companies, groups and artists around the country and abroad including the National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Eden Court Theatre and 7:84.  His work has been featured on national radio and in the film A Dying Breed. Film still from Headland; Graeme Roger

Film still from Headland ariel footage; Graeme Roger Graeme graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art and MSC Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.  His work spans across film, performance, photography, installation and theatre, often collaborating with other artists and musicians.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

The artists are co-founders of Wildbird, a multi-arts company.

Want more?

Visit the Moray Art Centre website to find out more about the exhibition which runs from Saturday 26 October to Friday 16 November 2007.

For more information on the partners programme, please visit our partners section.

partners: Scotland's Artist Residency Programme is supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.

Related links
* 7:84 Theatre Company
* Burghead Headland Trust
* Eden Court Theatre
* Highland 2007
* Moray Art Centre
* Moray Council
* National Theatre of Scotland
* Royal Shakespeare Company
* partners
* Lottery and the arts
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