Arts and Communities Report

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Arts, Communities, and Place was a daylong event (March 2023) in Galashiels that brought people together to discuss art and culture’s important contribution to place-development and regeneration in the context of the Borders. 

The event was co-hosted by The Stove and Connecting Threads with support from Creative Arts and Business Network (CABN), Alchemy Film and Arts, Creative Coathanger, and OutPost Arts. 

Just under 50 people attended the event ranging from creative freelancers, both established and emerging, arts and culture organisations and micro-businesses, local authority, and South of Scotland Enterprise representatives. 

Discussions were shaped around three main questions, following a series of Pecha Kucha presentations by hosting organisations on their activity in this area. 

  • How can we all share learning about creative, collaborative work with communities as part of place development / regeneration? 
  • How could more cross-sector working, and collaboration be supported / facilitated? 
  • What support is needed for those involved (Community groups, Creative Freelancers, Organisations) to help this work happen?

Discussions were captured through notetaking shared in a Summary Report.

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