‘Remembering Together : Aberdeenshire’; co-creating a Covid Community Memorial

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Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Cultural Services team is seeking to commission an artist to work with communities to create a Covid Memorial for Aberdeenshire, as an act of collective reflection, remembrance, hope and healing.
This is a Scotland-wide creative initiative funded by the Scottish Government, managed nationally by greenspace scotland and managed in Aberdeenshire by Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Cultural Services team.

It is an opportunity for communities to work with artists to explore how Covid has affected them, and how collectively we can commemorate those who have been touched by this pandemic.
Delivery partners in each local authority are starting to issue callouts to artists for expressions of interest. Successful artists in each of the 32 regions of Scotland will be given a £15,000 grant to work within chosen communities to explore what their local memorial will be. The projects are then realised in a second phase with around £100,000 per local authority area.
The memorial project could be in any artform; physical, natural, digital, permanent, temporary, or touring. Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Cultural Services team is launching a short survey to assess how and where people think this project should be realised. This survey can be found at engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/remembering-together-scotlands-covid-community-memorial
Artists with a strong background in co-creative, participatory practice are now invited to submit their note of interest for Aberdeenshire. Details of the artist brief and programme can be found on the Remembering Together website: www.rememberingtogether.scot
Kim Simpson, Programme Manager for the Covid Community Memorial Programme, said “Remembering Together will create space to reflect and remember all that we have experienced during the Covid pandemic, while reconnecting within our communities and inspiring hope and healing. At greenspace scotland, we feel deeply honoured that we will co-create this programme with communities, artists and partners across the country. While the memorials themselves will be important, the process of co-creating them, together, with those who have been most affected by the pandemic feels deeply meaningful. We look forward to supporting the many ways that memorial-making emerges in communities across Scotland”.

Remembering Together is managed by greenspace scotland and is supported by the Scottish Government.
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