Friends of Aden Park get ready to be creative

Aden Country Park in Mintlaw
Aden Country Park in Mintlaw

Aden Country Park in Mintlaw is getting ready for an exciting adventure into ‘being creative.’

The Friends of Aden Park are pushing forward on the ambition to bring Public Art into Aden, following popular demand from visitors to see art events or a sculpture trail developed for the Park.

The Friends have appointed a small group of socially engaged artists and designers called Icecream Architecture to work with them to draw up a plan for how these artworks might be developed over the next three to five years.

Hazel Weeks, Friends of Aden group said: “We are really keen to engage with the local community to find out their ideas and opinions regarding public art.

“It’s an exciting new creative project for the park, one in which we hope the public will enjoy being part of.”

Icecream Architecture takes its name from the van they began their work in five years ago.

The practice has remained mobile and passionate about working in inventive and often unusual ways with local people in the places they live and use.

They are really keen to ensure that local residents and visitors can share and contribute their ideas and help to shape this plan.

To kick start this they will be resident in the park between October 21 and 23, running a number of public events and keen to hear from anyone who might like to get involved in the exploration.

These free and fun events include a ‘Detective Walk,’ on October 21 from 1 pm to 4pm, where the group will be involved in creatively mapping the park (please bring wellies and some sunshine.)

This will be followed by a ‘Film & Brainstorming Evening’ on October 22, from 6pm, to 8pm and a ‘Practical & Playful Morning’ on October 23, from 10am to 1pm, where people are invited to join the artist to begin making and testing.

All events start from the Aden Theatre.

In addition the team will be out and about in the neighbouring villages between now and Christmas and setting up a series of stations in the community where people can learn about the project and contribute their opinions.

From October 21, a permanent station will be set up in the Coach House in the park. Following the completion of the plan at the beginning of 2016, artist briefs will be created, inviting artists to begin to respond with their ideas. It is envisaged that a number of temporary artworks will then be installed or sited into the park by summer 2016, as a means to test and further explore what will work for Aden.

Icecream Architecture would love to hear from you. Get in touch with Hannah via; hannah@icecreamarchitecture.com / 0141 2481546.