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Deveron Projects

The Town Is The Venue
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Team Photo - Greenhouse 2018
Team lunch on grass 2018
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Greenhouse photo

Our Team

Who we are and what we do
Director: Claudia Zeiske Claudia's Travelblog
Claudia is a founding member of Deveron Projects. Her balanced approach lies between artistic criticality and community involvement with artists from across the globe. An Anthropologist, she started her career in human rights. Since coming to Scotland she has worked for many art organisations, including Duff House and set up the artists programme at Glenfiddich. A true European, whilst having strong roots in Huntly, she was voted citizen of the year in 2013. Claudia loves homely food and is a keen walker who bagged all the Scottish Munros.
Project Manager: Robyn Wolsey  
With a focus on globalisation in contemporary art practice, Robyn graduated from University of St Andrews in 2016 with a MA in Art History and followed this with a study of independent curation at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Her interest lies in how global art practices work in a rural context and how this contributes to the centre/periphery debate. When not balancing the books, Robyn can be found by the sea, planning her travels or cooking for a crowd. 


Green Coordinator: Joss Allen 
Joss graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone (MFA) and has worked for the University of Hertfordshire Arts and Galleries, Tintype Gallery London and the School of Critical Engagement, Copenhagen. He has also worked as a support worker for adults with autism. Joss is interested in how art can contribute to the shaping of non-capitalist economic forms and cultures and engender collaborations across disciplines. As our Green Coordinator he is now working on our Town is the Garden project.
Art and Community Worker: Petra Pennington
Petra' remit is bringing a wide range of people from all walks of life and our artists together for projects of local and universal concern. She especially loves to help people express themselves through movement, choreography and dance. Petra lived in Glass, near Huntly and has worked in food production before she joined Deveron Projects. She is interested in sustainability and DIY travel (on foot and by bike) and a regular contributor on fitness and wellbeing in a local magazine. 

Project Gardener: Lindy Young 
Lindy has returned after 16 years, when Deveron Projects was a team of only two. Since studying at the Royal Horticultural Society, Lindy has worked as a gardener and joined Deveron Projects’ Town is the Garden project. Attracted to the idea that gardening is inclusive, that everyone can join in growing, Lindy is keen to get people thinking differently about weeds and their versatility, to be less reliant on supermarkets, and to see more people producing their own fruit and veg.

Project Assistant: Caroline Gatt 
Caroline joined Deveron Projects after her research fellowship in anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, where she specialized in environmental activism and performance. She is interested in developing an approach to anthropology as 'life practice' through the Town Is The Garden, with sustainability and equity as founding principles. Caroline, when not in our garden, can be found playing with her daughter and singing. Her book, An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism: Becoming Friends of the Earth, can be found here.

Town Collection Curator: Alix Rothnie
Alix joined us in Autumn 2017, and currently works with our Town Collection. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with MSc Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism after previously studying Filmmaking and has an interest in participatory art, use of public space, collectivism and sustainable community. Alix is most at home walking the hills, with a camera, whilst reading and drinking black coffee.


Our current Project Intern is Laura Henry, a recent graduate in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh, and is from West Kent. Laura can often be found by a river, or up a tree, probably nibbling a sweet treat.  

Our current Graduate Intern is Lauren Campbell, Lauren has just graduated from the University of Glasgow in History of Art with an interest in Land Art and collaborative practice. Originally from Bristol, Lauren enjoys writing and hillwalking.  

Sponsored by the Scottish Government's 'Year of Young People', our Youth Intern is Clyde Williamson. He manages the youth engagement project 'Meals & Movies'. 




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