Small Halls Festival Showcases

If These Halls Could Talk: Village Centre Findhorn

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  • Saturday 24 September
  • Sunday 25 September
  • Wednesday 28 September
  • Friday 30 September

Dance, Out & About, Special Events, Music

Through the Combine to Create Small Halls Artist in Residency, artists and creative practitioners have been working with and engaging rural communities through their village hall through a summer long residency.

At the heart of this programme is conversation, artist-led conversation with residents living / working in the community. The artists are exploring the ideas, issues, ecologies or stories that matter to the people living in the communities, and its unique heritage and culture.

Residencies will culminate with a celebration event as part of the festival, including live music, food, art and more.

Find out more about the artists below.


Andrea Chappell

Andrea Chappell is a designer maker whose practise Acme Atelier, combines the heritage crafts of bespoke kiltmaking and printmaking. Using traditional skills in a contemporary design she is creating a beautiful and functional textile for Dyke village Hall in collaboration with the local community.

Dyke and District Village Hall, Fri 30 Sept

Neil Callaghan

Working at the Village Centre in Findhorn, Neil Callaghan is an artist working with a social choreography involving local people and their relationship to food. Using food as a way to connect, to be together, to discover something new.

Findhorn Village Centre, Wed 28 Sept

Amy Benzie

Amy is ceramicist with an interest in the alchemy of clay and the exchanges between art and science. She will use this material with the community to explore and learn about the Rafford area to co-create a new piece of Art.

Rafford Village Hall, Sat 24 Sept

Andrea Turner

Andrea’s creative practice is deeply connected to the land. In this residency Andrea will be working with the local community, hearing their stories and facilitating their creative responses through workshops in drawing, writing and song.

Edinkille Village Hall, Sun 25 Sept


Part of Combine to Create, the Small Halls Artist in Residency is supported by Creative Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund and EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

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