Macduff Revival is a contemporary art, heritage and food project whose name refers to ‘a renewal’ or ‘improvement in fortunes’.
We believe that art has the ability to raise the profile of Macduff by revealing and re-interpreting its history, its place and its people. By inviting artists to engage with groups in the community, with partners and specialists, and to make new artworks to be sited in and around the town, we create opportunities to celebrate Macduff and its community.
Macduff Revivial has been conceived as an opportunity to lay the foundations for a new kind of arts ecology, reflecting the interests and potential of the place and people, by working in partnership with local, regional and national partners.
Macduff Revival Collaboration
The programme is created and organised collaboratively by Tessa J Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren, Director of Fieldshare and advised by Aberdeenshire Arts Development. Tessa and Anna have many years of experience together in producing events, running projects and curating cultural content. Their combined experience spans over twenty years and reaches from commissioning internationally knowns artists to developing community archives. Anna has a long-standing relationship to the area through being a resident in Aberdeenshire for many years. Tessa’s family live in Banff and she is a part time resident with a house in Sandend. For the first time these two arts professionals have come together to collaborate under the banner of Fieldshare.
Tessa J Fitzjohn
Tessa J Fitzjohn is an independent curator producer with over twelve years of experience developing public engaged arts projects for museums, galleries and the public realm.
As a past Arts Council Officer for the South East and South West region, she had responsibility for organisations and major projects to include Photoworks, Aspex Gallery, Ruskin School, University of Oxford, Brighton Photo Biennial and Whitstable Biennale. Tessa’s interests lie in commissioning work that has a focus on enquiry, engagement and an active collaboration between place and public, focusing on deepening the visitor experience and creative interpretation.
Her current project Resilience Lab: An Uncertain World with research partner The Cabot Institute, Bristol University, co-curated with Aldo Rinaldi, is an example of her approach. The programme includes a series of five artist residencies and public art commissions with artists Marinela Senatore, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Fourthland, Mariele Nudecker, Marjetica Potrc and Ooze.
Anna Vermehren is employed by Museum Nord in the far North of Norway to manage the digital heritage project Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in the Northern Environment, short CINE. She has just completed her role as Director of Timespan, a museum and arts centre in Helmsdale where she realised a significant shift in programming, focussing on the concept of the North. She played a pivotal role in helping Helmsdale achieve it’s 2014 Creative Place Award and in raising Timespan’s profile as a Creative Scotland Portfolio Organisation. Prior to joining Timespan in 2012 Anna worked as Project Manager at Deveron Arts, now Deveron Projects, in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where she spearheaded socially engaged arts projects with Scottish and international artists.
Anna holds degrees in Art History, Sociology and Literature. She has published articles in scholarly journals including Cambridge Anthropology and in the proceedings of UNESCO Congress on Digital Heritage. She has a keen interest in diverse cultures, fascinating discourse and building relationships.
Natasha is Project Assistant for the Macduff Revival. She graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands with a degree in Literature. Natasha is passionate about culture, music and art and has worked at festivals in the Highlands to showcase and embrace the areas talent. In 2017 she worked behind the scenes of a BBC Music Introducing session with Vic Galloway which was filmed in Inverness as part of the XpoNorth festival’s TV station. She is also a big supporter and member of the growing SOUP movement, a fundraising event, supporting SOUPS in Inverness and Aberdeen while being a board member and active volunteer for Moray SOUP.