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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
team photo 2019

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 including our very own locality. An Anthropologist, she started her career in human rights. Since coming to Scotland she has worked across the arts, including Duff House and Glenfiddich distillery. A devout European, she was voted Huntly citizen of the year in 2013. Claudia loves homely food and is a keen walker who bagged the Munros across Scotland.
Project Manager: Robyn Wolsey  
Robyn graduated from University of St Andrews in Art History and followed this with independent curation studies at Central Saint Martins/UAL. Her interest lies in global art practices and how this contributes to the centre/periphery debate. Robyn is the motor in the Deveron Projects machine. Looking after our accounts, reporting, sorting out artist accommodations are only some of the many, many tasks she has. 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 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's 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 and other creative forms. Petra lives 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 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.

Chef-Artist: Kawther Luay
Kawther is of Iraqi/Scottish origin, has a background in environmental community
work, and gets excited about food at any given opportunity. She has founded the
social enterprise Ruzbowl, with menus and events that explore creative ways of 
integrating Levantine cuisine and its rich culinary heritage with environmentally
sustainable, local produce. Kawther is working with us a team of Syrian New Scots to develop a Scottish-Syria fusion cafe.

Artisan Baker: Robert Singer
Robert is a long-term campaigner of making bread metaphorically and actually as a means of supporting socially engaged arts. Initially trained as a chef/baker, before studying at the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art. His work focuses on the fusion of his foodie career and socially engaged art practice. Now in Huntly, he will set up a a heritage bakery and cook shop within the local community.


Read on below to find out about previous project roles.


Previous Project Roles


Town Collection Curator: Alix Rothnie

Alix joined us in Autumn 2017, and worked with our Town Collection developing our . 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.


 People's Act Youth Worker: Lauren Campbell

Lauren recently graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in History of Art, and an interest in material culture. Sponsored by the Scottish Government's 'Year of People', she leads a project engaging youth in issues of politics and democracy , with the focus on the consumption and distribution of information. Originally from Bristol, Lauren enjoys writing, clothes making and hillwalking.

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