Living Communities

Astrid first worked with the PKC Living Communities project as a freelance artist and later as part of a team of cultural development workers. This project covered the whole of Perth and Kinross.

This involved a period of local research, discussions with teachers and locals, collaboration with young folk, which in turn developed some exciting projects that explored local history and myths.

In Dunkeld Living Communities explored the life of famous fiddle player, Neil Gow, wondered if he ever met Robert Burns, and added lyrics to some of this music at the Neil Gow Festival.

In Abernethy the Young Heritage Ambassadors worked with Janet from the local museum and learned how to run the museum. In Blair Atholl they responded to an exhibition in Perth Museum of local landscapes and painted outside like real artists!

Other projects were as diverse as the First World War to Local bridges, oral history, the glass industry of Perth, and a Memory box for Dementia awareness.

All these projects fitted with the Curriculum for Excellence, growth in confidence was observed by teachers, connections to each local area were made and importantly stories were shared across generations.