We Are Here 2010 – Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
“GANGHUT is a collaborative group with no fixed membership, permanent base or clear manifesto”
This was a particularly interesting project. Jason Nelson was invites to work with the community in Peterhead to create a piece of public art for a designated place. The purpose of this piece was to help make the area safer by preventing vehicles from accessing the space.
What I like about this project is that Jason did not go in with his own concept. He pitched a marquee in the centre of the space and invited the community to engage onto a series of fun and creative learning workshops such as bronze casting and quilt making. He only had one or two loosely formed objectives, such as the quilt making with the older generation as it was something that would be familiar to them. It was not until the very end of the project that the piece for the designated area was conceived. Through collaboration and conversation and a lot of ‘Listening‘ the community themselves came up with the final piece for the space. This, to me, is an excellent example of successful Social Art Practice.