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Invernessian Clanjamfrey - public art programme debate - Final Call

September 11, 2009

Begun in 2006, Inverness Old Town Art is a programme of permanent and temporary projects aimed at placing art and artists at the centre of the transformation of the city. IOTA has been developed by Lead Artist Matt Baker and Project Manager Susan Christie. Literally re-imagining the centre, IOTA has stimulated debate around the ‘Highland Capital’ and its changing identity, bringing to the fore the cultural importance of the traditional heart of the city of Inverness as a public place for the whole region.

To support this new identity, IOTA has commissioned a series of works in public spaces, to engage and sustain a creative dialogue with local people. A gathering of a ‘rabble’, the Clanjamfrey will be an occasion for presentation, consideration and debate. Seeking to engage YOUR voice, this two-day debate is conceived around a series of three sessions in which Invited speakers will act as catalysts, introducing a topic before extending the dialogue to the floor.

Enveloping issues of heritage, religion, creativity and identity, the Clanjamfrey will seek to expand these topics to analyse the varying contexts against which public art is presented, and in which public art seeks to engage. More than 15 artists and artist groups from the Highlands and beyond have been invited to present their site-specific responses to the Old Town.

Whilst there is a sense that Re-Imagining the Centre is a celebration of progress to date, it also raises a question - how should Inverness continue to move forward as a place of contemporary culture?
The Invernessian Clanjamfrey has been designed to tackle just this question...
The debate at the Clanjamfrey is likely to be influential in shaping opportunities for the creative community in the future and it is very important that our voices are at the forefront of this discussion.

Just to remind you there a number of free places available for artists, for further information regarding this or anything else please get in touch.

If you would like to be part of this important event please register at the link below at your soonest convenience.


Confirmed speakers include:

Matt Baker (Lead Artist for Inverness Old Town)
The Reverend Peter W Nimmo (Minister, Old High Saint Stephen's Parish Church Inverness, Scotland)
Claudia Zeiske (Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland)
Philomena de Lima, PhD (UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies)
Sam Harrison (OPEN GROUND)
Jan Hogarth (Public Art Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association)
Ruth MacDougall (Formally Artist in residence at Timespan, Sutherland)

The event will be chaired by Alastair Snow (Independent Consultant on Art in the Public Realm)

Inverness Old Town Art
High Street

01463 724383

[email protected]

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