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Website in progress

We are overhauling our website at the moment and some pages may not work fully – please bear with us …

If you spot anything clunky or have suggestions or requests, please email rob@thestove.org

Thank you for your patience.

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Culture and Creativity in the National Recovery Plan

On Monday the National Advisory Group on Economic Recovery published their report with recommendations for priority actions. The report recognised that a) the creative sector had been particularly badly hit by COVID, and b) that culture and creativity had a big part to play in our nation’s recovery. Below is specific section on culture and creativity in the report:

While the Government is able to float ideas for action, these can only become a reality through collaboration with the arts and creative sector. For example, the idea of a National Arts Force needs all of us in culture to come together and work with other bodies to shape a plan that can make this happen…only we the creative practitioners on the ground know how this could work…we must take our place at the discussion table for the sake of everyone who works in our sector and for society at large.
The National Arts Force idea is something that The Stove and others have put forward –  see here for further detail and background on the idea. Please do get in touch if you want to help make this idea a reality.
You can find the full report from the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery – here
 

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Creativity and Community as Part of the National Recovery

The diagram below is The Stove’s submission to The Advisory Group for Economic Recovery for Scotland. It is just the first germ of an idea and we are sharing it now in the hope of generating further discussion with others in the Creative and Community sectors.

Download a full-size version of the diagram here

The premise is simple – our Embers report has clearly shown the pivotal role played by creative practitioners and small creative organisations to initiate and maintain momentum in placemaking projects. These may start with cultural projects, but quickly develop into new social enterprises, asset-based and environmental initiatives. In short – do some cultural pump-priming in a community setting and the payback in terms of community resilience, economic development and people’s wellbeing is incredible.
In the current climate we have thousands of creative practitioners with little prospect of working in the short and medium term. We have communities who have experienced working together for mutual benefit during lockdown and we have many brilliant resources (theatres, sports centres etc) that are lying temporarily idle.
What if we were to pay out of work people in the Creative and Community sectors a Basic Income to work in their local communities to start new projects (or build on things started in lockdown) – these could be cultural projects like choirs, writers groups…but they could also be environmental projects or new social enterprises. Our skill set is to ‘make shit happen’ we are producers, innovators and entrepreneurs! If this National Task Force was to get things started then the national agencies and funders could come in behind and help take things to the next level and, before you know it you have communities making their places, economies and health better.
It may sound mad, but something not so very different was successful in the US as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1934 and again in 1940 in Britain with the Council for Encouragement of Arts and Music which saw a force of musicians staring choirs and orchestras all over the country during wartime.
That’s as far as we’ve got til now – whaddyfink? Let us know and help us shape the idea if you think it has legs..

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Join The Stove Board

The Stove Building at 100 High Street Dumfries

We’re looking for new members to join the board of one of Scotland’s most exciting community-based projects. The Stove is a creatively-led network which uses art in all its forms to build connections and opportunities within communities.

Our vision for the Stove is that we will “help make Dumfries and our region a place where communities thrive through collaboration, enterprise and risk-taking. A place where everyone is supported to be involved creatively and take part in the celebration and making of our culture.”

We use the arts and creativity to encourage, to gather, educate and bring life back to Dumfries and the wider region. We see the arts not as something solely for an ‘arts audience’ but as a vital contribution to society on all fronts.”

The Stove and its associated projects (eg the Midsteeple Quarter, Creative Futures) are attracting national attention. The establishment of a new enterprise agency for the South of Scotland is also opening up regional development opportunities within the Creative Industries sector and the Stove is at the centre of those discussions

The Opportunity.

The Board provides the governance framework for the Stove as an arts-led community development trust. While we have formal responsibilities to fulfil, we seek to do this creatively and in an engaged and committed way and we are looking for new members to help us and the team in our mission. We are looking for up to 3 new board members including a new treasurer. We are also particularly interested to hear from people with experience in HR, Legal, Planning and Development. Equalities and diversity are very important to us and we’d welcome interest from anyone from minority or excluded groups in our community.

The Commitment.

The Board meets 6 times each year and we also have an annual board-team Awayday where we look creatively at new opportunities and directions. Beyond that it really is up to you what you contribute. You may have specific expertise in say HR or project management which can support the team. You may have direct arts or creative industries experience to bring to the table, or you may simply have a passion for change and seeing communities realise and release their potential. Whatever your reasons or experience, if you are interested in us, we would love to hear from you.

Interested?

If you would like to find out more, you can visit our Website where you will see more on what we do and how we do it. You can also get a feel for current programme activity through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Next…

The next step is simple. If you are interested or would simply want to find out more, please drop an email to the Board Chair, Tony Fitzpatrick with notes on what has caught your attention and what you would like to bring to the table and team Stove. From there we will arrange for an informal discussion over coffee, tea or non-caffeine alternatives.

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Nithlight: A Commission Opportunity for Nithraid 2019

The Stove Network is seeking applications from artists/teams to create a temporary visual/light-based artwork for this year’s Nithraid River Festival in Dumfries. The NithLight commission will be presented in public space, to be experienced from a distance and close up as part of the night-time element of the Nithraid during hours of darkness from 8pm.

Nithraid is an artist-led public event that is now in its 7th year, this year’s date is August 31st  2019. The festival is sited in and around the River Nith where it passes through the town centre of Dumfries. In previous years we have included a night-time part of Nithraid, solely on the main festival site. This year we are working with pubs and bars to put on music around the town centre to spread the impact and diversity of the festival. We are looking for artists/teams to create a visual spectacle on the main festival site during the evening that will:

  • Make a visual/conceptual link between the river and the night-time Nithraid activity in the town centre
  • Provide a space on the main festival site where people can gather during night-time Nithraid for a more intimate experience of the visual work and potentially some ambient sound and refreshments
  • Connect to this years Nithraid theme of Salt and the rituals, uses and history associated with it (local, historical and mythical).
  • Engage with local community activity in Dumfries

Nithraid is a creative platform to support community activity in Dumfries and the wider region. The Stove Network works in partnership with a diverse range of community groups, projects and local agencies. It is expected that the commissioned artist/team will meaningfully engage with community projects/groups in creating their work for Nithraid 2019

Nithraid River Festival 2018
Nithraid River Festival 2018

Nithraid takes place between 12noon and 11pm – this commissioned work must be available to the general public from 8pm until 11pm, although it may be live for longer. We are open to all possibilities for the medium employed in making the work. There is no other formal background information available about the commission (view information about previous year’s festivals here) , if you are interested to know more and/or have specific questions, please get in contact with the project team (see below).

View of Nithraid site from town side of river – artworks should be designed to be visible from this distance.

We are offering a fee of £3000 (inclusive of all materials, expenses and tech) for an artist/team to deliver the work. You will be joining a highly motivated and experienced production team and have access to the Stove membership and all our contacts with local groups etc. However, please be aware that there will be limited voluntary practical support available to the commissioned artist/team, as the Nithraid festival village and sail boat race is a very resource heavy project to deliver; you will be expected to deliver all aspects of your project within your own budget.

Nithraid Nighttime 2017

If you are interested to discuss an idea with us before making an application, please get in touch by email: matt@thestove.org

Please apply for the commission by sending the following:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current CV
  • Up to 5 examples of relevant previous work (weblinks are fine)

Applications to be emailed to info@thestove.org in PDF format and to be no greater than 10MB in total filesize.

Deadline for applications – 5pm Monday 29th April

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7th May, by applying for this commission you bare declaring yourself available for interview in Dumfries on that day.

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We’re hiring a new Cafe Manager

High Street Neighbours

Our beloved Café Manager is leaving us to travel and work abroad so we are looking for a new, special person who connects with the community spirit of The Stove and wants to bring their passion for hospitality to the enterprise.

We have a dedicated and energetic team working out of the Stove building on creative projects all around the town – 100 High Street is always full of chat, ideas, partnership and positive community energy. At the heart of everything is The Stove Café – it has been running successfully for 2 years and we get amazing feedback about how the Café provides the unique Stove welcome and atmosphere for visitors, locals and a loyal group of regulars.

While receiving guidance and support from the Curatorial Team, the successful development of the Café will depend to a large extent on the imagination, initiative and energy of the Manager.

How to Apply

Please read the detailed job description.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work in this role for The Stove. We’d prefer if you could email these to ailsa @ thestove.org (no spaces) – alternatively, you can send them to Ailsa Dickson, The Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries DG1 2BJ.

Deadline: 5pm Thursday 8th February

We aim to hold interviews at The Stove during the week beginning 12th February

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We're hiring a new Cafe Manager

High Street Neighbours
Act As If

Our beloved Café Manager is leaving us to travel and work abroad so we are looking for a new, special person who connects with the community spirit of The Stove and wants to bring their passion for hospitality to the enterprise.
We have a dedicated and energetic team working out of the Stove building on creative projects all around the town – 100 High Street is always full of chat, ideas, partnership and positive community energy. At the heart of everything is The Stove Café – it has been running successfully for 2 years and we get amazing feedback about how the Café provides the unique Stove welcome and atmosphere for visitors, locals and a loyal group of regulars.
While receiving guidance and support from the Curatorial Team, the successful development of the Café will depend to a large extent on the imagination, initiative and energy of the Manager.
How to Apply
Please read the detailed job description.
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work in this role for The Stove. We’d prefer if you could email these to ailsa @ thestove.org (no spaces) – alternatively, you can send them to Ailsa Dickson, The Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries DG1 2BJ.
Deadline: 5pm Thursday 8th February
We aim to hold interviews at The Stove during the week beginning 12th February

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We're Hiring – 2 Trainee Creative Producers

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The Stove Network is looking for two people 25 or under to join the team that will produce the Nithraid town festival on/by the River Nith in Dumfries. This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your skills and experience by joining an experienced creative team, play a very real part in shaping a public event and get paid into the bargain!
The two roles we are looking to fill are:

  1. Trainee Event Producer – involving a blend of: marketing, creative event planning and event coordination.
  2. Site Production Assistant – involving a blend of: hands-on making (joinery etc.), working on the river, assisting with coordination and running of a boat race.

Nithraid is a unique public event in the Dumfries calendar. Now in its 4th year, it is comprised of a sailing race between the Solway Coast and the centre of Dumfries (made possible by a very high tide). A ‘festival village’ on the river bank in the town centre marks the finish line. The village contains a local producers market, acoustic music and live artworks. The Nithraid is symbolised by the Salty Cow that is paraded through the town before being released into the river at the finish of the race.
By working on this project you will be joining an experienced, multi-disciplinary team and connecting to a wide and diverse network of creative people across SouthWest Scotland and nationally.
Time Commitment
Each of the two roles will span from late June / early July to 9th September (Nithraid takes place on 3rd September). There are no set hours for the role – applicants will need to be flexible and fit their commitment around the demands of the project (expect a steady rise in hours worked towards the week before the event – this last week will be properly full-time).
Payment
Each Trainee Creative Producer will be paid a fee of £1,500 for their time working on the project. In addition, some travel expenses are available.
Trainee Event Producer
Personal Specification: You will be someone who is interested in a career working in arts/festivals. You will be a natural communicator and team worker. You will have solid IT skills including Excel, Word, Email, Social Media and ideally some design-based software (e.g. Photoshop). You may have a grasp of basic marketing techniques – but this is less important than an intuitive understanding of the need to communicate Nithraid to the public and a creative approach to this task. You will be a creative problem-solver and unafraid to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into anything that needs doing. You will have a natural flair for people and events and will want to contribute your own ideas to making Nithraid truly awesome.
Site Production Assistant
Personal Specification: You will be someone with a ‘can-do’ attitude, with basic joinery skills, someone who enjoys solving problems and enjoys learning. You will enjoy working outside and be confident with your own personal safety around water. You will be resourceful, practical and creative in your approach. Your places of work for the project will be: Dumfries Town Centre (Stove and River Nith), Kingholm Quay and a Workshop near Auldgirth – being able to drive and/or make your own way between these locations will be a big advantage.
For more details on these roles and how to apply please follow these links:

  1. Trainee Event Producer
  2. Site Production Assistant

Deadline for applications to be received is 5pm Friday 10th June
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 14th June
Start date would ideally be Monday 27th June but can be flexible
The Stove Network is an Equalities, Diversity and Inclusivity Organisation.
These opportunities are kindly funded by The Holywood Trust.

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We’re Hiring – 2 Trainee Creative Producers

nithraid-2014-09-13-1361


The Stove Network is looking for two people 25 or under to join the team that will produce the Nithraid town festival on/by the River Nith in Dumfries. This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your skills and experience by joining an experienced creative team, play a very real part in shaping a public event and get paid into the bargain!

The two roles we are looking to fill are:

  1. Trainee Event Producer – involving a blend of: marketing, creative event planning and event coordination.
  2. Site Production Assistant – involving a blend of: hands-on making (joinery etc.), working on the river, assisting with coordination and running of a boat race.

Nithraid is a unique public event in the Dumfries calendar. Now in its 4th year, it is comprised of a sailing race between the Solway Coast and the centre of Dumfries (made possible by a very high tide). A ‘festival village’ on the river bank in the town centre marks the finish line. The village contains a local producers market, acoustic music and live artworks. The Nithraid is symbolised by the Salty Cow that is paraded through the town before being released into the river at the finish of the race.

By working on this project you will be joining an experienced, multi-disciplinary team and connecting to a wide and diverse network of creative people across SouthWest Scotland and nationally.

Time Commitment
Each of the two roles will span from late June / early July to 9th September (Nithraid takes place on 3rd September). There are no set hours for the role – applicants will need to be flexible and fit their commitment around the demands of the project (expect a steady rise in hours worked towards the week before the event – this last week will be properly full-time).

Payment
Each Trainee Creative Producer will be paid a fee of £1,500 for their time working on the project. In addition, some travel expenses are available.

Trainee Event Producer
Personal Specification: You will be someone who is interested in a career working in arts/festivals. You will be a natural communicator and team worker. You will have solid IT skills including Excel, Word, Email, Social Media and ideally some design-based software (e.g. Photoshop). You may have a grasp of basic marketing techniques – but this is less important than an intuitive understanding of the need to communicate Nithraid to the public and a creative approach to this task. You will be a creative problem-solver and unafraid to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into anything that needs doing. You will have a natural flair for people and events and will want to contribute your own ideas to making Nithraid truly awesome.

Site Production Assistant
Personal Specification: You will be someone with a ‘can-do’ attitude, with basic joinery skills, someone who enjoys solving problems and enjoys learning. You will enjoy working outside and be confident with your own personal safety around water. You will be resourceful, practical and creative in your approach. Your places of work for the project will be: Dumfries Town Centre (Stove and River Nith), Kingholm Quay and a Workshop near Auldgirth – being able to drive and/or make your own way between these locations will be a big advantage.

For more details on these roles and how to apply please follow these links:

  1. Trainee Event Producer
  2. Site Production Assistant

Deadline for applications to be received is 5pm Friday 10th June
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 14th June
Start date would ideally be Monday 27th June but can be flexible

The Stove Network is an Equalities, Diversity and Inclusivity Organisation.

These opportunities are kindly funded by The Holywood Trust.

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New Design Commission

We are offering an exciting commission opportunity for a designer (or team of designers) to help create the right creative ambience for our newly refurbished building in the centre of Dumfries. The budget, including implementation, is £29,000.

Download the full brief

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There is a tight turnaround for applications:
Applications to reach us by Tuesday 8th September
Interviews will be in the second half of September