This free SURF Awards workshop online event on 29th July provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts and culture into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2020 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 Glasgow Barons.  Based in Govan, the project aims to revitalise the inner city area of Govan through music. A modern orchestral ensemble founded in 2018, they put on a range of events and workshops, aiming to release creativity within the community and raise the areas profile as a creative hub.

Guests will then hear from highly commended Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre. Working in some of Glasgow’s most deprived communities, the project aims to empower young people, provide a space to explore creativity and raise skills and confidence.

Finally, guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Creative Steps to Positive Mental Health. Based in Govan, working across the Southside of Glasgow, and led by Plantation Productions, the project aims to provide creative peer support to people experiencing poor mental health and isolation.

The event will close with presentations from Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations and the Culture Strategy. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, WHALE Arts, Bellsmyre Development Trust and RIG Arts – were particularly enthused by the projects ability to adapt their services due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lasting impact felt in each area within all three shortlisted projects in this category.

This workshop is being delivered with support from Creative Scotland.


10:30am   Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF

10:35am   Presentation, The Glasgow Barons: Paul MacAlinden, Artistic Director

10:45am   Presentation, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre: Hazel Wotherspoon, Toonspeak

10:55am   Presentation, Creative Steps: Vanessa van Scherpenseel, Plantation Productions

11:05am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:20am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:30pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

11:50pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12.00pm   Close

Where and When

Date: 29th July

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Platform: Zoom


To book your free place please complete the booking form at the link below. If you have any queries please email 

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