Gordon Forum for the Arts

Newsletter

Summer 2012

Message from the Chair

Forum members will be sad to hear of the passing of two stalwarts of the local arts scene, Charles Barron and June Hidalgo. Tributes to them both appear in this edition. We extend our condolences to their families. They are greatly missed.

New initiative being launched by Gordon Forum

The Value of Age project, to engage older people in arts activities, is a major initiative being organised by the Gordon Forum. It is on track to take place mostly in September and October this year and is complementing Luminate, a national initiative by Creative Scotland. The GFA has engaged Creative Retreat to assist with the project's management. Events and activities begin on 14 July with the launch of a photo competition run in conjunction with the Inverurie Herald; this will be to find the best photos of two generations of people sharing creative things together. From 15 September other activities will include an exhibition of old books, Sheena Blackhall presenting her own special brand of stories and poetry in a nursing home and in sheltered accommodation, and there will be Doric storytelling by Lorna Alexander at the Acorn Centre. A social art event, in the form of a lunch where people will be encouraged to have their say about what it is like to be growing old will be held in Inverurie, and a radio programme will be broadcast live by Aberdeen's shmuFM with music chosen by elderly members of the public. A short film, involving elderly people expressing their opinions, will be screened in the Locos Social Club. The Inverurie Orchestra is putting on a matinee concert of familiar, popular classics at which we hope to see folks from nursing homes who would not be able to get to an evening concert. The project ends on 14 October.

Dates and venues will follow shortly on the Gordon Forum website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and in the local press.

Ian Clark, Chairman

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