Within the next few months I will be working in the town of Coupar Angus in Perth & Kinross as a ‘self- appointed’ artist in residence.
I visited the town last month during their annual Snowdrop Festival. I took lots of photographs, met and spoke to many people gaining a positive insight into the spirit and goodwill of the people of this community.
Observing from the sidelines I was bowled over by the energy and enthusiasm of the families of the town and outlying areas. Beating the drums with Chief Suleman Chebe after a bountiful community lunch, the passion to make community was highly evident.
From the Heritage Centre to the Potting Shed Studio, the Abbey Church and the Showcase Shop, I discovered many new things; nalbinding (the art of knot knitting from Scandinavia), apothecary gardens and the black bees belonging to the monks at the abbey, how to make a Cambodian stew and the art of printing using hand set letterpress.
The sun stayed out all weekend, another plus for this fantastic community event.