This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Playhouse at Websters Theatre, Glasgow 26th 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 2021 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 Rig Arts. Based in Inverclyde, RIG are a socially engaged arts charity who work with partners across Inverclyde and Renfrewshire to bring artists and communities together in a collaborative and creative way.

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 Museum of Things. Run by Maryhill Integration Network, the project empowers people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and enable them to take the lead in representing themselves and telling their own stories.

The event will close with presentations from Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting artists and creative arts organisations, and an overview of the work by Culture Collective. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, CoCreate, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Tramway – were particularly enthused by the projects ability to leave a lasting impact in their community within all three shortlisted projects in this category.

This workshop is being delivered with support from Creative Scotland.


10:00am Registration and networking

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

10:35am Presentation, RIG Arts: Karen Orr, RIG Arts

10:50am Presentation, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre: Hazel Wotherspoon, Toonspeak

11:00am Presentation, Museum of Things: Rose Filippi, Maryhill Integration Network

11:10am Questions and Comments with project representatives

11:30am Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:40am Presentation, Culture Collective: Kathryn Welch, Culture Collective

11:50am Open Discussion on National Policy

12:20pm Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:30pm Close and Networking Lunch

About the SURF Awards

Please visit for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2021 process.

Check the website or follow us on Twitter @SURFscot or Facebook – SURF for information on how to apply for the 2022 SURF Awards, which launched on Thursday 9th June and close for applications at 5pm on Monday 5th September.

Where and When

Where: The Playhouse at Websters Theatre, Glasgow

When: Thurs 26th May, 10am-12.30pm


This event is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please email  Emma Scott at SURF on 

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