May 17, 2018 at 10:00am - 1pm

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. 

May 17, 2018 at 10:00am - 1pm
BAaD, 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow
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