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.

Creative Regeneration Winner – Findhorn Bay Arts

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.

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

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

10:40am   Presentation, Findhorn Bay Arts: Kresanna Aiger, Findhorn Bay Arts

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: Clare Edwards, 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


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