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Practices of Peace

Sat 18 & Sun 19 Nov

Community, Pacifism & Peace

The ways in which international conflicts find space in our daily lives have changed over the past fifty years. New ways of envisioning and practising peace need to be considered. Looking back, but thinking forward, we want to reflect on peace in the context of communities and collaborative action.

Practices of Peace surrounds the relationship between community and pacifism, memories and representation of war and peace. The weekend will encourage us to consider the impact of peace and conflict in the local, national and international context including and beyond the First World War.

Join us for two days of discussion, collaboration, research and understanding.
Booking Essential / Click here for weekend tickets £8 or £5 per day*

*A number of free tickets are available for students.
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Sat 18 November 2017
Venue: Brander Building

10:00 Simon H. Walker, PhD: WW1 Practices of Pacifism across Britain

10:45 Val Ross: Armistice in the Pages of the Huntly Express

11:20 Jonathan Russell: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament // Aberdeen and District

11:45 White Wood walk, lunch and remembrance
In the centenary of WWI, Caroline Wendling, with the community of Huntly, planted the White Wood, a living monument to peace, providing a regenerative alternative to the nostalgic memorials across the world.
In collaboration with Caroline Wendling and Petra Pennington

15:00 Cornelia Offergeld: Curating Peace

16:00 Claudia Zeiske and Stuart McAdam: Travelling and commemorating post-war Europe
Discussion: How do we and how can we commemorate?

18:00 Peacemakers' Night with Rachel Ashton
Venue: No. 11 - 11 Gordon  Street
Poetry, Music and Dance 
In collaboration with Al Nofara Café project


Sun 19 November 2017
10:00 – 15:00 Walk in Cabrach

The Cabrach is a unique and beautiful location rich in cultural heritage, its landscape typified by the many ruined crofts and steadings, which today haunt this upland plateau. At the turn of the 19th century it had a thriving community of around 1000 people, but after the First World War, the local population was severely decimated and historians have called the Cabrach: ‘The biggest war memorial in Europe’.

Meet: Huntly Square for bus (£5); walk ca 4 hours
Bring good footwear and packed lunch!


Al Nofara is a food-inspired project addressing conflict and climate issues with Syrian New Scots in Huntly.

Rachel Ashton is an artist who is currently undertaking Walking without Walls, an international dialogue about peace and friendship with Gaza based artist May Murad.

Stuart McAdam is an artist who has cycled along the trenches of the western front of WW1 in search of finding out how we commemorate such events and how they influence politics.

Anne Murray is a freelance Creative Practitioner and an upholsterer at Sitsmith + Co. For the symposium, Anne created Hand-sell, a toolkit for creative craftivism that encourages participants to share their understanding of peace.

Petra Pennington is a visual and performance artist based in Glass, near Huntly, who works with community groups, facilitating movement and dance.

Cornelia Offergeld, art historian and writer has curated numerous exhibitions and projects in public space. Based in Vienna, she has worked for several institutions to include the Free Institute Moscow and is the founding curator of the peace museum Erlauf Erinnert, combining the themes of peace and war, remembrance, and art.

Val Ross is a teacher of English at Huntly’s Gordon Schools who has undertaken extensive research on wartime in Huntly during WW1.

Jonathan Russell represents the Aberdeen and District branch of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which works for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in Britain as a step toward the global elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.

Simon H. Walker is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde. Simon’s research deals with histories of The Great War.

Caroline Wendling is the artist who has created White Wood with the community of Huntly.

Claudia Zeiske is the Director of Deveron Projects, who has recently walked from Huntly to Munich as a reaction to the Brexit movement in Britain. Along the way, she met bunkers, war memorials, cities, towns and people that were affected by past and current wars in Europe.







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