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  • Member Opportunity – Artist Residencies with Workhouse Union

    Member Opportunity – Artist Residencies with Workhouse Union

    Workhouse EXCHANGE – Open Call residency opportunity for creative placemaking artists from the WWDN (What We Do Now) network. Workhouse EXCHANGE is a paid active research residency opportunity for two artists from the WWDN (What We Do Now) network in Scotland to explore their creative placemaking* practice within the context of community-led, climate-aware, and creative…

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  • The Stove & Workhouse Union – Learning Exchange

    The Stove & Workhouse Union – Learning Exchange

    During 2024, The Stove, and the WWDN network, are partnering with Workhouse Union, a community co-design organisation based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Ireland, to engage in a learning exchange and share experience in their creative placemaking work This initiative allows representatives from each organisation, to visit the other, and join each other’s team for a…

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  • First Day in Post – The WWDN Launch by Andy Furlonger

    First Day in Post – The WWDN Launch by Andy Furlonger

    I attended the What We Do Now Launch on 9th May at the Catstrand on my first day in post as the new Membership Manager. I recently moved back to Dumfries but I have a deep connection with the area; my parents live near Lockerbie and I lived in Georgetown as a wean before moving…

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  • The Launch of WWDN – A blog by Heather Taylor

    The Launch of WWDN – A blog by Heather Taylor

    By Heather Taylor Hey All! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the sunshine we have started to get – let’s hope that’s not the start and end of it! I just had to share my excitement about a fantastic event I attended recently. On the 9th of May, The Stove Network launched something…

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  • WWDN Digital – Programme + Introductory Webinar

    WWDN Digital – Programme + Introductory Webinar

    WWDN Digital is supporting the launch of three programmes across the WWDN Network. An online webinar will launch our programme of digital media sessions taking place in the newly established digital suites of A’ the Airts (Sanquhar) and XL Youth Projects (Langholm) alongside workshops at The Stove (Dumfries). TAKE A LOOK AT THE DIGITAL PROGRAMME ON OFFER: The introductory webinar will…

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  • Creative Connections, Norway 2023 (part 2)

    Creative Connections, Norway 2023 (part 2)

    Katharine Wheeler from WWDN, recently took a trip to Vestfold in Norway with Martin O’Neil, Artistic Director with The Stove Network, to share their knowledge and insights on community-embedded work. The Norway visit provided an understanding of how different creative practices can be adapted across different cultures can create positive change and growth through What…

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  • Championing the Economic Impact of Culture

    Championing the Economic Impact of Culture

    On the 19th December 2023, the Scottish Government published its action plan, detailing the delivery methodology of its Culture Strategy for Scotland, originally published in 2020. This Action Plan, developed in collaboration with the Culture Sector, sets out the next steps the Scottish Government will take to support the development of culture in Scotland. Roundtable consultations…

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  • Opportunities – Stranraer & Castle Douglas

    Opportunities – Stranraer & Castle Douglas

    Creative Stranraer Our friends at Creative Stranraer are looking for a dynamic and entrepreneurial Hub Coordinator to support our Creative Community Hub in the centre of Stranraer. This will be 15 hours per week (days and times to be arranged), £22,000 per annum pro rata (£12.09 per hour). It is a 6 months fixed-term contract initially (may…

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  • Creative Connections, Norway 2023 (part 1)

    Creative Connections, Norway 2023 (part 1)

    Martin O’Neil, Artistic Director with The Stove Network, and Katharine Wheeler from WWDN, recently took a trip to Vestfold in Norway to share their knowledge and insights on community-embedded work. During the visit they talked about creative approaches and how these methods apply globally, sharing valuable ideas and experiences. Collectively they explored how different cultures…

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  • Creative Placemaking’: The Role of Creative Arts in Place

    Creative Placemaking’: The Role of Creative Arts in Place

    Caitlin Wallace completed the Inspire Graduate Scheme with Dumfries and Galloway Council in March 2023. Throughout the course of this program, Caitlin, situated within the Community Planning and Engagement Unit, became interested in the concept of creative placemaking after discovering What We Do Now (WWDN). Though ‘Creative Placemaking’ was a relatively new term only a…

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