This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Paisley Arts Centre on 30th May 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 2018 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 Findhorn Bay Arts. Based in Forres, Moray, their aim is to deliver high quality regional arts activities to showcase local artists, improve pride of place, support the economy, provide opportunities for young people and attract visitors.
This will be followed by input from the highly commended Reachout With Arts in Mind Creative Communites project. Who look to mobilise arts and creativity in support of the cultural, social and economic regeneration of Alloa, and the wider Clackmannanshire region.
Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects WHALE Arts. Founded by local community members in 1992. Starting life in a porta-cabin, it has since established itself as the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes.
The event will close with presentations from Creative Scotland and Arts and Business Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Finally, this will be followed by a short input from the Paisley Partnership on the continuing role of cultural regeneration in Paisley. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.
10:00am Welcome and Coffee
10:20am Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF
10:30am Presentation, Findhorn Bay Arts: Kresanna Aiger, Findhorn Bay Arts
10:45am Presentation, Creative Communities: Lesley Arthur & Claire McLaughlin, Reachout With Arts in Mind
10:55am Presentation, WHALE Arts: Leah Black, WHALE Arts
11:05am Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects: Chaired by Kate Wimpress, Chair, SURF
11:25am Presentation, Creative Scotland: Gary Cameron, Creative Scotland
11:35am Presentation, Arts and Business Scotland: David Watt, A&B Scotland
11:45pm Presentation, Paisley Partnership: Leonie Bell, Paisley Partnership
11:55pm Open Discussion on National Policy: Chaired by Kate Wimpress, Chair, SURF
12:25pm Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF
12:35pm Networking Lunch
When and Where
Date and Time: Thurs 30th May 2019, 10am-1.30pm
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley
To book a place at this free event please complete the booking form below.