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Opportunity for Freelance Artists/Creative Practitioners in Dumfries and Galloway

The Stove has been asked by the Wheatley Group to help them find creatives in D+G to put themselves forward for grants of up to £5,000 to develop and deliver new projects with children and young people in the region. Wheatley is a national organisation for social housing in Scotland and they are working in partnership with Creative Scotland on this project.

In the first instance the project is looking for expressions of interest from creatives with an idea for a project that can help improve the skills, confidence and wellbeing of young people. Projects are to be delivered within a year (though do not need to last a whole year) and you do not need to specify a community you would work with as Wheatley will help connect artists to communities locally.

If you are interested, there is more information available here including dates for online information sessions.

Please email dermot.lynch@gha.org to receive an application pack. Deadline 5th March

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We’re hiring: Community & Membership Liaison

Are you a people person looking for a new challenge; something that uses your skills and has meaning and purpose? We are looking for a special person to join our small team. We’re passionate about making a difference locally and need someone to help us connect with our membership, support volunteers and be part of delivering projects that target need in our community.

The Stove Network is a well-established social enterprise in the centre of Dumfries, we use creativity as a tool to support people and groups to Learn, Create and Change. We are also a hub for people working in the creative sector, be they musicians, filmmakers, artists, fundraisers, community activists, etc.

We are offering an opportunity for someone who is a brilliant communicator, with a flair for organisation and being in the right place at the right time. The job we are offering is Community & Membership Liaison and we’re looking for someone who will grab the chance with both hands and make it their own … is that you?

It’s a full-time job in Dumfries for an initial one-year contract and it pays £20,000 pa.

Please download the details here: 

To apply for the position, please complete the application form and send it, along with your CV, to graham@thestove.org.We will confirm receipt as soon as possible.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 26th February 2021

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3rd of March 2021. We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, so if you’d like to discuss any accessibility requirements, or have questions about the opportunity in general, please get in touch with Graham via graham@thestove.org or phone 07714 294856.

This position is possible through the support of the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities fund.

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We’re hiring: Finance & Funding Development Manager

The Stove Network is seeking a Finance & Funding Development Manager to take a senior role within a dedicated core team running an award-winning, creative organisation that is playing a leading role in community-led placemaking initiatives in Dumfries and South West Scotland.

Over the last ten years The Stove has built a national and international reputation for using creativity to engage and involve people in taking an active part in re-imagining and shaping the places they live through an innovative programme of activity across artforms, sectors and communities. We are in receipt of Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, have established working partnerships with regional and national agencies and generate additional income from commissioned and self-initiated projects. 

We are looking for someone with the ambition and ethos to use their skills in finance and organisational and strategic thinking to make a fundamental contribution to the way The Stove Network works with our partners, those we employ and the community we serve. We care deeply about who we work with, and the way we work with them, if you are looking for an opportunity to really make a difference and work as part of an inspiring team of like-minded folk then please get in touch to find out more.

The Finance & Funding Development Manager is a part-time job, 3 days per week, in Dumfries (but remotely in line with Covid guidelines) for an initial one-year contract. The salary will be £32,000 (£19,200 pro rated) which is negotiable, dependent on experience.

Please download the Job Pack with job description and further details – see below.

To apply for the position, please send a covering letter and your CV to Ailsa Watson at ailsa@thestove.org. We will confirm receipt as soon as possible.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 5th February 2021

Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th of February, most likely via Zoom. We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, so if you’d like to discuss any accessibility requirements, or have questions about the opportunity in general, please get in touch with Ailsa via ailsa@thestove.org or phone 07854 096282 (Mon, Wed, Thu 10-4pm).

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OPPORTUNITY: Artist/Maker Commission – Symbol of Community Support

Midsteeple Quarter is a community-led project to breathe new life into the centre of Dumfries. The Stove Network is working in partnership with Midsteeple Quarter  to commission an artist/maker to create an innovative and changing artwork that demonstrates the support of local groups, businesses and individuals for the Midsteeple Quarter project. The artwork will be sited in the window of ‘The Smithy’ – one of the community owned shops on Dumfries High Street. As the project develops the artwork must adapt to incorporate the names of sponsors as they get involved.

In the first instance, the artwork will form part of a Crowdfunder campaign that will raise money to purchase more buildings for the community; but, the intention is for the artwork to have a life beyond this first campaign and become an enduring symbol of community support for Midsteeple Quarter.

The commission is open to artists and makers working in any medium. The developing nature of the work must be practical and achievable without additional expertise or expense. The total budget for the commission is £1000 inclusive of all fees, materials, expenses and VAT.

To apply please submit the following:

·      A sketch design of your idea

·      Images of up to three relevant examples of your recent work

This is a short turnaround project; applications must be received by 5pm Friday 15th January. The Commission will be awarded on Monday 18th January and the artwork will be in place in by 5th February.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity please contact Scott Mackay on scott@midsteeplequarter.org

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Beauty in the Broken: Call Out for Community Gardeners

As part of Atlas Pandemica, local artist Peter Smith is seeking local people to become ‘gardeners’ in the town.

‘Beauty in the Broken’ is a project which has been commissioned by The Stove as part of ‘Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World’, which uses creative ways to chart the changes that have happened around us recently and to try and navigate the way forward into a more hopeful and shared future.

Peter Smith is a Dumfries based artist who works in fields of interactive art and wood-based sculpture and design.

Peter has created a series of Zen Gardens that will be placed around the town and is looking for a people to volunteer to tend the gardens over the three weeks they are in situ.

The project looks at the way in which Covid-19 may have broken us, but there is always an opportunity to repair in a new, beautiful way. We don’t try to hide these breaks and damage, but we repair our town and community – creating something unique and powerfully beautiful.

Peter sees this project as a social ‘Kintsugi’ – a method of repairing broken things in a way that embraces flaws and imperfections – worked out through the mindful practice of rock gardens.

The gardeners will regularly tend a set of sand and rock gardens throughout Dumfries every morning for 10-20 minutes. Rocks are placed on the field of sand and rakes are used to mark patterns and shapes into the sand. They will then be left for the day and a new design created the following day.

This opportunity is open to anyone – you do not need to have any gardening experience or experience in the creative industries. The gardens will go live over a 3-week period, from 18th January to 7th February 2021. The only requirement is availability every morning for 10-20 minutes during the 3-week period and to be able to carry some hand tools. The project looks to include a diverse mix of people from the local community.

If you would like to volunteer or for further information, please email ptr.a.smith@gmail.com.

The deadline to get in touch is Monday 14th December at 12 noon.

For more information on Atlas Pandemica, please click here.

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Brave New Words: What Now?

A Brave New Words update from founder and director, Martin O’Neill

This year has been quite the rollercoaster, hasn’t it?

With next year looming round the corner, we’re asking ourselves, what will it bring? Global societal change for the better? Universal basic income? A fairer and more just world? Or, judging by this year, is it all going to go a bit belly up?

Well, we hope not. But let’s ask the questions.

What Now?

Over the next couple of months we’re holding back our usual Brave New Words Friday night mash-up live-streamed extravaganzas in favour of something a little bit different. To end our year, we’re inviting creative writing submissions around the theme of ‘What Now?’ with contributions making up our first ever printed newspaper publication. We’re looking for submissions from poetry, short stories, flash fiction to text-based art from writers young and older, professional or just dabbling. Think of it like an open mic, but as a newspaper!

You can submit up to three pieces to be considered.

That said, just like our open mic, whilst every effort will be made to ensure your piece ends up in the final print we will be limited on space and can’t guarantee that everything will make it through, so do think hard on what you’re sending in.

This is a completely open submission for anyone based in Dumfries & Galloway. You don’t have to have been at a Brave New Words before, and we’re always looking for new voices to showcase.As always, we encourage you to be brave and put yourself forward.

Submission Details

If you need any more information on the publication please get in touch through our social channels or email martin@thestove.org.
Submissions should be sent to: martin@thestove.org in PDF or Word format (please don’t put your submissions in the body of the email)
Deadline: 1st December.
Get writing, & be brave.

With Love,
Brave New Words.

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Commission: Filmmaker for Wild Goose Festival in Dumfries

The Stove Network would like to commission a filmmaker to create a series of short films to be used as promotional tools for the next Wild Goose Festival in 2021.

The Wild Goose Festival 2020 is a pilot for a new multi-media festival in Dumfries that uses the migratory route of the Barnacle Geese between Svalbard and the Solway Estuary to join people, nature and ideas across Scotland and the Arctic.
The festival will feature arts events, literature / storytelling for children and events connecting people to the natural world. There are some indoor events, but much of the Wild Goose Festival takes place outdoors.

The Wild Goose Festival is part of a very strong collaborative approach with experienced partners who are already successful in D+G tourism industry. Through the active partnership with NatureScot, WWT Caerlaverock, The Stove Network, Moat Brae National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and PAMIS. there are extensive opportunities for visitors to connect throughThe Wild Goose Festival, with the wider tourism offer in the natural and cultural environment of Dumfries and Galloway.
Wild Goose Festival is a local community festival, with high quality content and production values. It aims to attract a diverse audience with a particular emphasis on families (it takes place during the school holidays). Events have been programmed with COVID restrictions very much in mind – we therefore have very limited audience numbers particularly for the indoor events.

The inaugural festival takes place in Dumfries between 9th and 16thOctober 2020 the successful contractor will agree a concept and filming/interview schedule with the project team and film at agreed events during the festival.

Final edits will be agreed with the commissioner and the outputs will be:

  • a film of approx. 6 minutes duration giving a flavour of the whole festival
  • A short edit of the overall film, of max 2 minutes for social media
  • A specific short edit (approx. 3 mins) of the Norway Network elements of the festival
  • Static filming of storytelling event with signed BSL interpretation for the Deaf/ deaf community.

The programme for the 2020 festival can be viewed here

It is not expected that the filmmaker will cover all of the programme. At the commencement of the commission we anticipate a detailed creative briefing session with the filmmaker to explain the different events in the festival and together agree a concept for the film and a representative selection of events to film from the programme.

The total available budget for the commission is £1500. This is to be inclusive of all expenses involved in carrying out the commission and VAT.

To apply for the commission please send the following to graham@thestove.org:

  • Links to up to three relevant examples of past work
  • Current CV

Deadline for applications – 5pm. Monday  21st September 2020.

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Opportunities: Two Festival Mentorships

The Stove is seeking two mentees to join our Nithraid team this Autumn. Two exciting opportunities have emerged for young people to get involved directly with the Stove’s project, and our festival delivery team.

Nithraid River Festival​ is an annual event celebrating Dumfries’ relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, instead of holding our festival on the Mill Green, we will be hosting an extended celebration of the River Nith across our online platforms, as well as focusing on the production of our 2021 Festival.

This year, we’re looking to work with​ a mentee in the redesign; build and installation​ of our Salty Coo launch mechanism. In consultation with local artist, Cara McNaught, we are exploring both a re-interpretation of the mechanism’s inner workings in order to launch the Salty Coo into our river Nith as well as up-cycling many of the unused materials into a musical instrument, that can be placed on site for our 2021 festival.

Alongside this, we are seeking ​a mentee interested in sound design, sound production, musical composition and instrumentation​, working with local musician and producer, Jenna Macrory, in composing, recording and producing an immersive soundscape, using the fabricated musical instrument in an innovative and exciting way.

The mentorships

These mentorships are available to young people between the ages of 18 and 25, and has been supported by The Holywood Trust to benefit young persons within this age group.

Production

Working alongside local creative producor, Cara McNaught, the mentee will help to redesign and construct our Salty Coo launch mechanism, as well as upcycling the unused materials into a musical instrument.

The mentee will learn first-hand how to construct, build, up-cycle and design the mechanism, learning and applying foundational skills in joinery, carpentry and product design as well as working to brief. This mentorship will suit a young person interested in up-cycling and repair, product design, joinery and carpentry, who enjoy a ‘hands-on’ approach to building and design.

Production Mentorship Fee: £250
Time required: 5 Days (35 hours total)

Soundscape Composition

Working alongside professional musician and composer, Jenna Macrory, the mentee will feed into the musical element of the launch mechanism’s redesign, as well as help to construct, compose, record and produce an immersive soundscape. This mentorship will suit a young person interested in musical composition, sound design and musicianship.

Soundscape Composition Mentorship: £250
Time required: 5 Days (35 hours total)

 

To Apply

To apply for one of the commissions, we ask that you submit an expression of interest. This should include:

  • A short introduction (max. 250 words) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity
  • A current CV

Please send an email to sal@thestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB. Video files should be provided as a web link.
The deadline for submitting your expression of interest is 5pm, Thursday 13th August. 

We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements or have questions about this opportunity, please get in touch with
Sal Cuddihy via sal@thestove.org or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm).

For more information on our previous Nithraid festivals, please visit www.thestove.org/nithraid.

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Artists & Community Landowners Commission Opportunities



Artists and Community Landowners telling the stories of Scotland’s land in the hands of local people. 
Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachdag innse mu fhearainn Alba ann an làmhan na coimhearsnachd 
 
Overview 
Sealladh Aithghearr 
Working with Community Land Scotland and local Community Trusts, Abriachan Forest Trust near Inverness and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on the Isle of Lewis, Artists and Community Landownership is a project with The Stove Network that brings artists and community landowners together to tell their stories through three separate commission opportunities. What inspired them to act, how they got to where they are now, what challenges and surprises they faced along the way and the effect it has had on their place, people and environment.  
The project aims to raise awareness of community landownership both to communities and to Scotland by taking new approaches to telling the stories of post purchase community landowners, and the wider story of community ownership across Scotland through three Artists Commissions: two directly with community landowners and one with Community Land Scotland through a “Stories of Radical Landownership” commission that will focus on the journeys of another four communities. Together Artists and Community Landowners will explore the themes of how we manage our local environments, who decides, and how we can collectively act. 
Ag obair le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba agus le urrasan coimhearsnachd ionadail, Urras Choille Obar Itheachain faisg air Inbhir Nis agus Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn air Eilean Leòdhais, ’s e pròiseact bhon Stove Network a th’ ann an ‘Luchd-ealain agus Sealbhadaireachd Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir luchd-ealain agus luchd-seilbh còmhla gus sgeulachdan innse tro trì dhiofar chothroman coimiseanaidh. Dè thug orra toiseach-tòiseachaidh a dhèanamh, mar a ràinig iad far a bheil iad a-nis, na cnapan-starra agus duilgheadasan a tha air a bhith aca air an t-slighe agus a’ bhuaidh a thug e air an àite, na daoine agus an àrainneachd. 
Tha am pròiseact seo airson aire a thogail mu shealbhadaireachd fearann coimhearsnachd, an dà chuid do choimhearsnachdan agus do dh’Alba, le bhith a’ coimhead air dòighean ùra sgeulachdan nan luchd-seilbh innse, a’ toirt a-steach Alba air fad cuideachd. Thèid seo a dhèanamh tro trì dhiofar choimiseanan luchd-ealain:  dhà le luchd-seilbh fearann coimhearsnachd agus aon le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba tro choimisean ‘Sgeulachdan mu Shealbhadaireachd Radaigeach air Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir sùil air na slighean a ghabh ceithir coimhearsnachdan eile. Còmhla, coimheadaidh ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ air mar a bhios sinn a’ stiùireadh ar n-àrainneachd ionadail, cò bhios a’ tighinn gu co-dhùnaidhean agus mar a dh’obraicheas sinn uile còmhla.  
 
Download Artists and Community Landowners brief here.
Download “Stories of Radical Landownership” brief here.
Download Info on Criteria and Working here.
Download Partners and Participants Info here.
 
‘Aig Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn tha Gàidhlig gu mòr aig cridhe ar n-obair. Às aonais choimhearsnachd cha bhiodh cànan ann agus tha e na phrìomhachas dhuinn Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh agus a leasachadh ann an iomadach diofar seadh, mar dhìleab a tha ceangailte ri gach prìomhachas agus a bhios faicsinneach agus follaiseach anns gach rud a nì sinn sa choimhearsnachd.’ 
 Shona Nic a’ Mhaoilein, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 
At Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Gaelic is very much at the heart of what we do. Without community there is no language and it is a priority of ours to encourage and develop the use of Gaelic in many different settings as a fully visible legacy tied to every strategic outcome and every aspect of our community work.’ 
– Shona Macmillan, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 
 
The Stove Network  
The Stove is an arts and community organisation based in the centre of Dumfries in South West Scotland. It is a successful social enterprise, and the first artist-led Development Trust in Scotland, providing regular employment for 25 people with a turnover of £500 000+1. Our kitchen-table style of practice and developing work is one based on the values of risk-taking, collaboration, emotional openness, empowerment, positive disruptive change, innovation and inclusion. We are committed to finding locally-led solutions as part of our place and community.  
Our practice is one that engages artists and creative people to co-develop work from regular conversational activity into large-scale strategic projects. It is a process-led practice that uses creative activity to facilitate community-led development, projects and decision-making grown from a foundation in community engagement. It is a multi-disciplinary practice working with artists and other creative practitioners, individuals and groups, organisational partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to deliver a program of regular activity alongside large-scale participatory arts projects. 
 
Community Land Scotland 
Community Land Scotland is the representative body for Scotland’s aspiring and post-purchase community landowners. They promote the sustainable development benefits of community landownership and work with communities to support and encourage community ownership of land and buildings throughout Scotland.  
Their VISION is of more communities reaping the benefits of community landownership and promoting a socially just Scotland through community landownership. Together their members are own some 560,000 acres of land, home to some 25,000 people. 
#LandReform
#CreativityMatters

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Artists & Community Landowners Commission Opportunities


Artists and Community Landowners telling the stories of Scotland’s land in the hands of local people. 

Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachdag innse mu fhearainn Alba ann an làmhan na coimhearsnachd 

Overview 

Sealladh Aithghearr 

The Stove is looking for artists to work with Community Land Scotland and local Community Trusts, Abriachan Forest Trust near Inverness and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on the Isle of Lewis, through a project Artists and Community Landowners. The project will bring artists and community landowners together through three separate commission opportunities for artists to work collaboratively with these communities over a period of four months finding creative and active ways to hear, learn and share their stories. What inspired them to act, how did they get to where they are now, what challenges and surprises they faced along the way and the effect it has had on their place, people and environment.

Artists and Community Landowners aims to raise awareness of community landownership both to communities and to Scotland by taking new approaches to telling the stories of post purchase community landowners, and the wider story of community ownership across Scotland through three Artists Commissions: two directly with community landowners and one with Community Land Scotland through a “Stories of Radical Landownership” commission that will focus on the journeys of another four communities. Together Artists and Community Landowners will explore the themes of how we manage our local environments, who decides, and how we can collectively act. 

Tha The Stove a’ sireadh luchd-ealain gus obrachadh còmhla ri Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba agus urrasan coimhearsnachd ionadail, Urras Choille Obar Itheachain faisg air Inbhir Nis agus Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn air Eilean Leòdhais, tro phròiseict air a bheil ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’. Tha am pròiseact ag amas air luchd-ealain agus luchd-seilbh a thoirt còmhla tro trì dhiofar chothroman coimiseanaidh a mhaireas ceithir mìosan, a’ lorg dhòighean chruthachail agus bheòthail air na sgeulachdan aca ionnsachadh agus a thoirt gu aire an t-sluaigh.

Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd seo airson aire a thogail mu shealbhadaireachd fearann coimhearsnachd, an dà chuid do choimhearsnachdan agus do dh’Alba, le bhith a’ coimhead air dòighean ùra sgeulachdan nan luchd-seilbh innse, a’ toirt a-steach Alba air fad cuideachd. Thèid seo a dhèanamh tro trì dhiofar choimiseanan luchd-ealain:  dhà le luchd-seilbh fearann coimhearsnachd agus aon le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba tro choimisean ‘Sgeulachdan mu Shealbhadaireachd Radaigeach air Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir sùil air na slighean a ghabh ceithir coimhearsnachdan eile. Còmhla, coimheadaidh ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ air mar a bhios sinn a’ stiùireadh ar n-àrainneachd ionadail, cò bhios a’ tighinn gu co-dhùnaidhean agus mar a dh’obraicheas sinn uile còmhla.  

 

Download Artists and Community Landowners brief here.

Download “Stories of Radical Landownership” brief here.

Download Info on Criteria and Working here.

Download Partners and Participants Info here.

 

‘Aig Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn tha Gàidhlig gu mòr aig cridhe ar n-obair. Às aonais choimhearsnachd cha bhiodh cànan ann agus tha e na phrìomhachas dhuinn Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh agus a leasachadh ann an iomadach diofar seadh, mar dhìleab a tha ceangailte ri gach prìomhachas agus a bhios faicsinneach agus follaiseach anns gach rud a nì sinn sa choimhearsnachd.’ 

 Shona Nic a’ Mhaoilein, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 

At Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Gaelic is very much at the heart of what we do. Without community there is no language and it is a priority of ours to encourage and develop the use of Gaelic in many different settings as a fully visible legacy tied to every strategic outcome and every aspect of our community work.’ 

– Shona Macmillan, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 

 

The Stove Network  

The Stove is an arts and community organisation based in the centre of Dumfries in South West Scotland. It is a successful social enterprise, and the first artist-led Development Trust in Scotland, providing regular employment for 25 people with a turnover of £500 000+1. Our kitchen-table style of practice and developing work is one based on the values of risk-taking, collaboration, emotional openness, empowerment, positive disruptive change, innovation and inclusion. We are committed to finding locally-led solutions as part of our place and community.  

Our practice is one that engages artists and creative people to co-develop work from regular conversational activity into large-scale strategic projects. It is a process-led practice that uses creative activity to facilitate community-led development, projects and decision-making grown from a foundation in community engagement. It is a multi-disciplinary practice working with artists and other creative practitioners, individuals and groups, organisational partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to deliver a program of regular activity alongside large-scale participatory arts projects. 

 

Community Land Scotland 

Community Land Scotland is the representative body for Scotland’s aspiring and post-purchase community landowners. They promote the sustainable development benefits of community landownership and work with communities to support and encourage community ownership of land and buildings throughout Scotland.  

Their VISION is of more communities reaping the benefits of community landownership and promoting a socially just Scotland through community landownership. Together their members are own some 560,000 acres of land, home to some 25,000 people. 

#LandReform
#CreativityMatters