This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Barras Art and Design (BAaD) on 17 May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.
SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Broomhill Project. Delivered by RIG Arts, in Greenock, the project aims to connect local residents with artists in collaborations that assist underprivileged people in the community, helping them develop their skills and deliver positive change.
This will be followed by input from the highly commended Cateran’s Common Wealthproject. Led by a network of local artists and producers in Perthshire, the project aims to simultaneously highlight the culture and heritage of rural communities and bring local people together.
Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Alchemy Film and Arts. Led by Alchemy Film & Arts in partnership with Heart of Hawick, the project delivers a high quality festival of experimental and new film while supporting the broader social and cultural regeneration of Hawick.
The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from Arts and Business Scotland on their supporting role within the arts sector. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.
10:00am Welcome and Coffee
10:30am Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF
10:40am Presentation, The Broomhill Project: Karen Orr and Jason Orr, RIG Arts
10:55am Presentation, Cateran’s Common Wealth: Clare Cooper, Cateran’s Common Wealth
11:05am Presentation, Alchemy Film & Arts: Karen Gateson and Richard Ashrowan, Alchemy Film & Arts
11:15am Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress
11:40am Presentation, Creative Scotland: Gary Cameron, Creative Scotland
11:50am Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: David Watt, Arts and Business Scotland
12.00pm Open Discussion on National Policy: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress
12:25pm Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne
12:30pm Networking Lunch
Booking: please see the SURF event page here.