Artist in residence to support Broch’s improvement, Council reveal

The project is closely aligned with Fraserburgh's Regeneration Action Plan.
The project is closely aligned with Fraserburgh's Regeneration Action Plan.

An artist in residence has been appointed to explore the history and heritage of Fraserburgh and support improvements to local surroundings.

Geoff Roberts will work as Fraserburgh Community Artist in Residence, working with the community to explore the town’s heritage and people’s aspirations for Fraserburgh’s future.

Local residents are invited to get involved in the project which will culminate in artistic proposals for improving two key sites in Fraserburgh.

Geoff will develop a programme of hands-on creative activities for the local community in February and March, with a particular focus on young families in the Fraserburgh North area.

Using the information he gathers, the artist will come up with proposals for improving the passageway connecting Saltoun Square and Castle Street, and the route from Saltoun Square to heritage attractions in Fraserburgh.

The local place project is being delivered by the council’s Arts Development Team, as part of the creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture, to engage the local community on making creative improvements to important sites in Fraserburgh.

The artist will work in partnership with local families, community groups, schools, Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and the Community Learning and Development team.

Geoff said: “I am really excited about this project and the possibilities community creativity can bring about for Fraserburgh so looking forward to getting involved.

“I will draw on my experience in community art projects, including Portknockie Landmark Mosaic, The Big Draw 2013 at Duff House and companion performance pieces for the National Theatre of Scotland, to engage the residents of Fraserburgh and make sure the final proposals reflect the community’s ambitions for the town.”

Geoff is focusing on mosaic art for this current project as he feels it will offer the widest opportunities for community involvement.

Community groups looking to get involved can contact Arts Development Officer, Fran Baseby, on 07742 175235.