Thank you!

We want to say a really big thank to everyone who has taken part in our Macduff Revival project. During our six month project we have engaged with many people, and we have learned so much about Macduff and its people and its possibilities.

We have been pleased with participation and local support and have received a lot of positive feedback. In total, we estimate that 600 people have engaged with the project, and we have achieved three press articles and one is pending (full feature in Knock News).

As a small project with some well attended events we hope we have made an impact.

Through Scratching the Surface we have gathered ideas for Macduff’s future. We very much hope that Aberdeenshire Council is interested in those local voices who contributed ideas. A list of all the ideas given will be compiled and circulated shortly.

People have started making bread. We have had our first images and facebook posts of people who have taken flour from Katy Stewart’s exhibition to make Macduff Loafs in their own kitchens. Through Katy’s journey to Golspie Mill, visiting bread producers along the way, new connections have been made, with the result, for example, that Granny Bakes is interested in continuing to produce the Macduff Loaf commercially, sourcing local wheat from Coldwells Farm and from Mungoswells Farm.

The New Producers have been fantastic. We have enjoyed working with students from Banff Academy, students from Grays School of art and from the Tolquhon Folk band. All of them have shown a lot of motivation and talent. We have taken them on their own journeys to producing something for the Macduff Revival Weekender.

We had very positive feedback for our project, and we hope that we have paved the way for more creative project to revive Macduff. Please get in touch if you want to know more about our work, or if you are thinking of producing a project like this yourself.

Macduff Revival Weekender Programme

We’re ready for the Macduff Revival Weekender. Pick up a brochure in a local shop or come to the Macduff Arts Centre.

Check out where to go on Saturday the 10th March…

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and what’s on during the weekend…

9 March 2018

18.30 Reception and Film Screening of Dummy Jim with Director Matt Hulse and the Macduff Revival artists, Macduff Arts Centre.

10 March 2018

10.00 Pop-up Café and Information Point, Macduff Arts Centre.

10.00 – 17.00 Scratching the Surface by Alicja Rogalska, 53-55 Duff Street.

10.00 – 17.00 Bread + Butter screening by Katy Stewart, Home Bakery.

10.30 – 12.00 TolquhonFolk Workshop and Performance, Macduff Library.

11.00 Macduff Revival Producers Tour by Tessa J Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren, Macduff Arts Centre.

12.00 – 17.00 Macduff Loaf Exhibition and bread tasting by Katy Stewart, Macduff Arts Centre.

12.00 – 16.00 Land and Sea Installation by Alexander Campbell and Rory Barclay, Daniels Place Furniture Hall.

13.30 Creative Storytelling Children’s Workshop (6-12 yrs) by Eve McGhee, Macduff Library.

13.30 – 14.30 TolquhonFolk Music Performance, Daniels Place Furniture Hall.

14.00 Film Screening Dummy Jim with Director Matt Hulse, Macduff Arts Centre.

15.00 – 16.00 TolquhonFolk Music Performance, Knowes Hotel.

15.30 Macduff Revival Producers Tour by Tessa J Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren, Macduff Arts Centre.


Macduff Revival Weekender brochure and programme

Everyone welcome!

Macduff Revival Weekender

Have you ever seen a whole shop being transformed to a scratch card? Come and scratch!

Taste the new Macduff Loaf and explore the story of its origin.

This weekender offers a variety of events, performances and film screenings for everyone. Don’t miss out!

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9 March 2018 / 18.30 / Macduff Arts Centre

Reception and Film Screening of Dummy Jim. An opportunity to meet the Director Matt Hulse and the Macduff Revival artists over drinks and refreshments.

10 March 2018 / 10.00 – 17.00 / various venues

Meet at Macduff Arts Centre for a cup of tea and pick up a map and programme of activities:

  • Scratching the Surface by Alicja Rogalska, an installation in an empty shop. 10.00 – 17.00
  • Macduff Loaf by Katy Stewart, bread tasting and exhibition. 10.00 – 17.00
  • Performances, installations and more by the New Producers, a group of young people from Banff Academy and Grays School of Art. See programme.
  • Macduff Revival Producers Tour by Tessa J Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren. 11.00 + 15.00

Recall Macduff

Public Talk and Film Screening

7 November 2017, 7pm, Macduff Arts Centre

We would like to invite you to celebrate the launch of Macduff Revival, a contemporary art, heritage and food project.

The evening will include

  • An introduction to the project by the organisers Tessa J Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren
  • Artist, musician and performer Sarah Kenchington will talk about her work and present one of her extraordinary instruments
  • Dr Sue Morrison, oral historian will introduce her work in Macduff and illustrate with recordings
  • Film screening of archival film footage from Macduff

The event is an informal, informative evening with refreshments. Everyone welcome.

More than just a story?

Public Talk with Sue Morrison: 19 October 2017, 6pm, Macduff Arts Centre

Have you ever swum in the Tarlair Lido, or smelled the bread from the many bakeries here in Macduff? Maybe you have just moved here, or your family have fished the waters for centuries…

Everyone has a story, and they are all unique.

We would like to invite you to a public talk on the 19 October at 6pm at the Macduff Arts Centre to meet Sue Morrison, oral historian, who will talk about her experiences in collecting stories. Over the coming weeks Sue is offering to train a group of volunteers to collect the personal histories as told by residents of Macduff.

It is an opportunity for the people of Macduff to celebrate and share their memories and stories with each other and with future generations.

Tell us your story, and learn how to record the stories of others.

Macduff Revival

Welcome to our new blog, telling you all about an exciting new project in Macduff.

We are Tessa Fitzjohn and Anna Vermehren, creative producers and individuals who believe that art has the ability to raise the profile of Macduff by revealing and re-interpreting its history, its place and its people.

Macduff Revival is a contemporary art, heritage and food project whose name refers to ‘a renewal’ or ‘improvement in fortunes’. At present, the project forms two parts, an oral history project called the Blethering Project and a food project called Bread+Butter. 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.

We have devised this project for Macduff and as part of Fieldshare. It is kindly supported by Aberdeenshire Council and Sue Morrison.