Secret Cities Aberdeen


Festival Location:Marshal College.  MC 3 on your festival map




Exploring the hidden and forgotten spaces of Aberdeen through photography and poetry.

Andrew Brooks & Adelle Stripe havecreated a series of photographic works and poetry exploring the hidden and forgotten spaces of Aberdeen. Seeking to unearth the history and personality of the city it would deliver a series of large scale photographs made in Brooks’ signature style and with poetry by Adelle Stripe intertwined with the images.


Secret Cities is a uniquely effective, engaging and embedded cultural project that brings together artists, institutions and audiences in true collaboration. Led by Curated Place, Andrew Brooks and Adelle Stripe the project provides a platform and focus enabling participants to experience and interrogate cities using photography, poetry, exploration, memory and identity to create new perceptions of urban environments. The project is a celebration of place, a renewal of outlook and a sense of ownership for local people so often lost in the built environment of contemporary life.


The Secret Cities project focuses on engaging local groups through tours, workshops and a collaborative gallery-standard exhibition. It provides a platform for co-authorship by bringing together aspects of urban exploration, cultural heritage, architecture and art.


Secret Cities is a new commission supported by ‘Stories Stones and Bones’ Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.



Brooks entry-14-andrewbrooks_selfportraitAndrew Brooks Is a Manchester based photographer, digital artist and film maker with a focus on exploring and documenting hidden and forgotten spaces in the urban environment.  His work has been exhibited internationally including the Art and Algorithms Digital Arts Festival Florida, Pingyao International Photography Festival (China) and Farmani Gallery in Brooklyn. 2017 marks the return to Spectra for Andrew, having previously appeared in the 2015 programme with the very popular ‘Immersion Iceland’ film installation.



AdelleStripe_Aug2016-24-1Adelle Stripe has published three collections of poetry and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The Stool Pigeon and Morning Star. In 2012 Dark Corners of the Land was named Poetry Book of the Year at the 3:AM Awards and was also a Scotsman Book of the Year. She teaches Creative Writing at MMU’s Manchester Writing School and was included in the Read Women 2014 list.


Alongside Ben Myers and Tony O’Neill she was a founding member of the Brutalist Poets, one of the first literary movements to be established via social media. Described as a kitchen sink realist poet’ by the Spanish daily ABC, her writing records the realities of everyday life in a visceral and unflinching way. Raised in a small farming community in Yorkshire, her poems often respond to the harsh and uncompromising power of the natural world.

She is currently working on The Humber Star, a lament based on the lives of Hull’s Hessle Rd seafaring community in the 19th century. The poem forms part of a collaboration with Iceland composer Halldór Smárason and will be performed at Hull City of Culture 2017 as part of John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay.

Twitter: @adellestripe