Embers – Creative Placemaking for the South of Scotland

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The Embers Report (May 2020) was a piece of research led by The Stove, supported by Carnegie Trust UK and South of Scotland Enterprise. It explored the particular strength of creative grassroots activity in place development defining creative placemaking as ‘a community led approach that uses creative activity to support collective decision-making and positive change for people and the places they live’. 

The research process involved 21 community organisations across Dumfries and Galloway, alongside other agencies and organisations working within the field of place, and proposed a networked approach to supporting creative placemaking as part of community-led change. 

The report highlights the prominence of the Cultural and Creative Industries in this work and the networked approach that has grown up in the last decade in Dumfries and Galloway and looked to: The report highlights the prominence of the Cultural and Creative Industries in this work and the networked approach that has grown up in the last decade in Dumfries and Galloway and looked to: 

  • Put Creative Placemaking at the heart of building prosperous and healthy communities, supporting grassroots enterprise and innovation and informing our region’s wider strategic agenda 
  • Establish an innovative framework of support, resource and expertise that considers localised economies of places to build a network of opportunity, learning and collaboration 
  • Contribute to the South of Scotland as a leader in rural enterprise and community-led regeneration and innovation, growing national and international partnerships and opportunity for the South.
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