Serendipitous North


Made possible by Helmsdale’s success at the Creative Place Awards 2014, Serendipitous North is a creative mapping project and residency programme that celebrats the creativity and vibrancy of Helmsdale and its community, and inspires others with the unique culture of our small village in the far north of Scotland.

Serendipitous North ran from Summer 2014 through to Summer 2015, investigating the place of six creative artforms within Helmsdale: writing, music, dancing, sculpture, painting, and craft. An established creative practitioner from within each field was invited to work in Helmsdale over a period of 6 weeks. They found and mapped the creative activity that already existed  in Helmsdale related to their artform, making visible the often unseen and unrecognised creativity of Helmsdale’s inhabitants and celebrating the vibrancy of our community in the far north of Scotland. Through this process and inspired by the unique culture of our village, each resident practitioner created a new work or body of work to mark the culmination of their time in Helmsdale.

A programme of events, activities and workshops ran in parallel to each residency, providing the opportunity to share creative talent, meet others who have similar interests and learn new skills from established creative practitioners.

You can find more information on the individual residencies by following the links below:

Serendiptitous North / Craft with Maker-in-Residence Deirdre Nelson

Serendiptitous North / Music with Musician-in-Residence Yann Seznac

Serendiptitous North / Dance with Dancer-in-Residence Julia McGhee

Serendipitous North / Writing with Writer-in-Residence Laura Marney

Serendipitous North / Painting with Painter-in-Residence Robert Powell


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