This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Paisley Town Hall on 1 June provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards promoting creative arts in community regeneration. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2016 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Stove Network. Based in Dumfries town centre The Stove Network is an independent arts organisation working with a wide range of local and national partners to found an artist-led collective that engages with local people to deliver a range of culture-based regeneration initiatives.

The Stove Network in Dumfries

This will be followed by input from the highly commended Hippfest project.  Run by Falkirk Community Trust the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film (Hippfest) delivers a high-profile national festival of silent film that supports local community regeneration outcomes in the town of Bo’ness.

Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Made in Easterhouse. Managed by Glasgow East Arts Company’s Platform, Made in Easterhouse marked the achievements of a successful community arts centre on its tenth anniversary.

The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from the Paisley 2021 bid for City of Culture. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, Craft Town Scotland, Plantation Productions and North Edinburgh Arts – were particularly enthused by the level of community engagement and lasting impact in each area within all three shortlisted projects in this category. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.


10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, The Stove Network: Matt Baker, The Stove Network

10:55am   Presentation, Hippfest: Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust

11:05am   Presentation, Made in Easterhouse: Jenny Crowe, Glasgow East Arts Company

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:40am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:50am   Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

When: Thursday 1st June, 10am – 1pm

Where: Paisley Town Hall, Paisley

About the SURF Awards

Please visit  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2016 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, or 0141 4406392

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