Remote rural culture and contemporary art.
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ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2005. Remote rural culture and contemporary art [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/about-phase-1/
Five project partners responsible for cultural development in remote rural places offered their particular challenges, opportunities, expertise and experience to a shared learning space developed by the researchers who were also artists. For example, In the Inthrow project in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, Gavin Renwick, artist and architect, and Chris Fremantle, then Director of Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW), mapped six different configurations of inhabitation from the Neolithic to the present. Seeing dwelling in the present as part of this deep and visible history prompted artists and inhabitants (often the same people) towards new imaginings of Lumsden as a place to be and a place to make art in a different way, opening the practice of art (sculpture) to context and context to the practice of art. Questioning the place of contemporary art in remote rural contexts opened up deeper questions about the practice of art - What it could be? Bringing artists and organisations together shed light on the importance of organisations in developing opportunities for art to matter in everyday life and conversely on the importance of artists working with cultural organisations and diverse communities of interest.