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Opportunity: Nithraid Young Artist Commission

We are looking for an artist to create a structure or sculptural piece to support The Salty Coo* and an imaginative or playful way of releasing the Coo into the River Nith.
This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved directly with the event and festival delivery team, and will be supported by an experienced mentor artist who can provide practical support in realising your ideas.
*The Salty Coo is the central emblem of the Nithraid Festival, a sculpture created by artist Stan Bonner, coated in salt that is washed from the sculpture as it is released into the River. When Nithraid has been able to take place as a physical event, the Salty Coo is the focal point of the festival procession and is carried through the town to the rivers edge. In previous years, the Cow Delivery Mechanism has been an elevated platform in the centre of the river, but for 2020 and future years, we would like to commission a new structure.
 

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 physical festival, we will be hosting an extended celebration of the River Nith across our online platforms.
This year our virtual festival will journey down the River Nith from its source near New Cumnock to the rivers mouth at Carsethorn; engaging with different towns, villages and communities along the way with a 3-month program of activities, artworks, literature, music, information sharing and story telling.
The work could be sited at a variety of points around the river, from the Mill Green, Whitesands, Devorguilla Bridge or the centre of the river – your proposal should create a spectacle for the Coo to be displayed, and then released into the river. We are open to playful and imaginative responses to the brief, and proposals should consider how the work would draw audiences to the festival site.
The selected artist will work with the Festival Manager, Lead Project Artist and an experienced local mentor to support your proposal and develop ambitious, but practical ideas within the available budget. The artist will be supported through skills development and peer learning as appropriate to their proposal, in line with government guidance regarding safe working practice regarding COVID19.
It is anticipated that for the 2020 edition of the festival, the commissioned work (alongside the Salty Coo) will be launched on site without a gathered audience, and will be documented for sharing to our online platforms. The work will then be stored for use again in future Nithraid festivals, when we are safely able to include members of the public.
We are mindful that this role is to be appointed during the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times throughout the duration of the role, the Stove will be following and adhering to all of the official Scottish Government guidance in relation to social distancing measures, safeguarding of individuals & groups and safe work practices.
Eligibility, Budget and Key Dates
Applications between the ages of 16–25 will be prioritised as has been created and funded to benefit young persons within this age group.
The role will commence on the 1stof July 2020, and artwork will be launched to signify the close of our virtual festival and summer programme on Sunday, 27thSeptember 2020.
The total fee for this role including materials is £1,000
We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, if you’d 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).
To Apply
Please send an email to  sal@thestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB with the following:

  • A proposal (max. 500 words) outlining how you would approach the commission
  • A current CV
  • Up to 3 examples of past work that you feel supports your application

The deadline for receiving submissions is 10pm on Monday 22nd June.
Interviews for the commissions will be held virtually on Friday 26th June. By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on this date.
We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you do not receive an email, please contact us again by email.

We are grateful for the support from the Holywood Trust in funding this role. 

 

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Opportunity: Nithraid Project Support Role


Nithraid River Festival is usually an annual event celebrating the town of Dumfries’s relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have decided to have an extended celebration of the Nith across our online platforms.  
Our aim is to engage with the public and create a platform resource for learning, sharing and creating.  
This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved directly with the event and festival delivery team to help make the festival more accessible to a younger audience. This year we will journey down the River Nith, from its source near New Cumnock to the Rivers end at Carsethorn, engaging with different towns, villages and communities along the way with a 3-month program of activities, artworks, literature, music, information sharing and story telling.  
We will deliver this programme across our social media platforms and develop the Nithraid website as a community resource with plans for collaborating with other organisations as well as online workshops, artworks and challenges with a focus on the River Nith as a connector and the wildlife that exists in and around the River. Nithraid Festival will commence on 1st of July and run to the end of September.
We are looking for the Project Support role to focus on engaging younger audiences and to contribute to the program of activity by targeting & collaborating with local youth groups. They will work closely (virtually), and be supported by the Festival Manager, Festival Marketing & Social Media Officer and festival Graphic Designer to get the widest range of experience in learning and skills development.  
Ideally applicants will have some previous marketing, social media and/or community engagement experience, be comfortable using computers and social media platforms and be aged 16 to 30. 
This post will commence on the 22nd June and finish on Wednesday 7th of October and will consist of a total of 24 Days or 1.5 days per week.  
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 Sal Cuddihy via sal@thestove.org or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm). 
We are mindful that this role is to be appointed during the Covid 19 pandemic. At all times throughout the duration of the work, the Stove will be following and adhering to all of the official Scottish Government Guidance in relation to Social distancing measures, safeguarding of individuals & groups and safe work practices. 
 
The total fee for this role is £1,800 (24 Days at £75 per day). 
To Apply:  
Please send an email to  sal@thestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB with the following: 

  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining how you would approach this commission. 
  • A current CV 
  • Up to 2 examples of past work that you feel supports your application  

The deadline for receiving submissions is 10pm on Sunday 14th June.   
Interviews for the commissions will be held virtually on Wednesday 17th June. By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on this date.  
 We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you do not receive an email, please contact us again  by email.  
 

We are grateful for the support from the Hollywood Trust in funding this role. 

 

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Some themes brought to the fore by COVID

Themes that The Stove have collectively been thinking about during the Lockdown and which we are proposing as areas of exploration for the commissions within the Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World project.

 1. Decision-making 

What has been our experience of leadership? How has power in influence been balanced between local and centralised decision-making? What examples and lessons are there about how ordinary people and communities have played a part in influencing how we are coping with the pandemic in South West Scotland? What new relationships have been formed between the formal and informal networks around us? Maybe a research residency within Dumfries and Galloway Council? 

2. Stories 

COVID is something we will be talking about for many generations – what stories we tell and how we tell them is a vital role of culture and the arts in society. What are the stories relevant to life in a post-pandemic society? Who are the storytellers? What stories bare the most relevance for our locality? What are the myths/folklore we can rely upon to help instruct, warn and guide our lives through this? What do stories do? What functions do they fulfil and what ways can they be used now? 
 

3. Food 

Food is so much more than fuel – it is central to gestures of care and hospitality. Finding new ways to share food has renewed old relationships, maintained existing ones and created new ones. The reality of how our food supplies work and their production processes have never been more clearly revealed, or, the contrast with local food production and infrastructure – where next for how we nourish ourselves as a society? What are the possibilities in the local supply? How do we nurture a responsibility towards sustainability in the purchase of food? What is the ‘growing culture’ locally and how do we develop this?
  

4. Travel 

Cars have been off the roads and bikes and people have been on them. The distances that separate our communities, regions and communities suddenly seem similar to how they must have appeared a hundred years ago. Yet, public transport now seems dangerous and cars a protective bubble – does this herald a new era of even starker divisions between those who can afford to be safe and those who cannot…or is this an opportunity to rethink how we move about from first principles? 
Particularly in a region whose sparse population is geographically spread out, what do digital technologies mean to our ideas of distance and proximity? 
 

5. Communities 

Mobile communities, communities of interest, geographic communities, temporary communities…our separateness and connectivity as groups of people has been questioned, revealed, side-lined and speculated upon by COVID. Yet fundamentally our future has to work for all of us – what can an understanding of particular groups and their relationship to how the structures of our shared existence function tell us about how we re-organise ourselves from here. 
 
 

6. End of Life 

Funerals, grief, how people reach the end of their lives and the role of communities, families and the state. How we die, how our families and friends mark death, and how our society supports our passing. Mapping and understanding a culture of death. 

7. The Public Sphere 

What are public spaces for now? Do we still need town centres and public places to gather and express our commonality and our difference? What will activate public places now with traditional retail in even sharper decline? What uses can we find for newly empty buildings and other public places? How do we maintain social cohesion through the act of gathering in the aftermath of the pandemic? Can our public spaces be re-purposed in a time of time of social distance? 

8. Care 

COVID has shone a light on care in our society from care homes to hospitals, from public health to mental health from education to families. We have seen how deeply we depend on those who care in our society – what have we learned and where do we go from here? What a does a localized approach to care in our communities mean? What are the resources currently available and how does our society seek to nurture our wellbeing and engrain mental resilience in tackling the problems before us? 
 
 

9. Diversity and under-represented groups 

In times of extreme urgency, it is all too easy for the needs and opinions of the ‘majority’ to dominate. But if the voices of less represented groups are not heard now and heard with as much urgency as other voices, how do we hear those voices and their essential messages and build a future that celebrates diversity and difference?  
 

10. Hospitality 

Welcoming places and communities are crucial to economic industries like tourism – and much of our social code as a society is built around ancient principles of hospitality. How do we re-imagine hospitality in an age when people entering a place or group potentially bring a health risk with them or put themselves at risk by travelling. Has this traditional behaviour found new meanings and value in a time of crisis? 
 

11. Nature and the natural world 

Awareness and appreciation of the natural world has been one of the universal experiences of COVID. What new understandings have been revealed about our relationship to the natural world, when it can both support and endanger us. 
We have seen unprecedented reductions in carbon emissions and immediate impacts in the environment around us. Possible themes of preservation, resource, healing and the boundaries of the human and non-human world. How do we embed this new learning in our common future?  
 

12. Creativity – creative structures and processes 

What is the role of creativity in times of crisis? What are the implications of COVID for creative practice? What will be the future function of our cultural buildings? What part can creativity play in the new world and communities that we are all making together? 
 
 

13. Relational vs Transactional systems 

To date, the world we have all shared has been overwhelmingly been based on the logic of transactions – attributing monetary value to things and then exchanging, goods, services etc on that basis. COVID has exposed the fundamental importance of the way things make us feel – how we relate to each other and the world around us. Could we strike a new balance between the relational and the transactional in a new future? 
 

14. Enterprise and localised economy 

As we emerge from lockdown it is likely that many, many people will find themselves newly unemployed. There will be newly empty premises and many people will be forced to move home. What are the opportunities and ideas for creating the conditions for new initiatives, projects and businesses to start? As a region can we create a new economy based on our local assets – one that retains prosperity locally and forges a new relationship with urban centres and countries? 

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Call Out for Eight Commissions


We believe that a creative voice is vital in the conversation about the futures being planned for our communities. To that end, we are gathering together creative practitioners, from all walks of life, to work collectively on a project that will examine the way our society is reacting to the COVID pandemic and make creative responses to what is happening and what could happen in the future.  

SOLIDARITY   +   OPEN-HEARTEDNESS   +   PERSEVERANCE   +   INSIGHT 

 
The pandemic is both local and global as it is lived by individuals and communitiesAbove all, it is a collective experience, and one that must be looked at through different scales of magnification to reveal the different truths and insights about relations between individuals, communities and the larger influences in our lives; and some of the inequalities embedded within these, as well as the positive possibilities. 
Over the last few months we have all seen and sometimes participated in many, many examples of cooperation, generosity and care.  Maps to a Kinder World is a means of creatively learning and building on these informal networks and gestures of human solidarity. Can an Atlas Pandemica help reveal the real power of the local for the way we live together with each other and the environment into the future? 
Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World is one means to support creative voices to be heard and offers an opportunity for new thinking, actions and innovations. 

‘Plan of Organization of New York and Erie Railroad’ by Daniel Craig McCallum (1855)

We are looking for eight people to work on the project. Each will be given a separate commission to explore a theme. Projects will be of an action research nature – working alongside people, groups, organisations and agencies to learn and engage, then making creative responses to the research that deepens understanding and the potential for further participation and development of ideas. Each of the eight creative journeys will be seen as a map (in the widest sense) that will be gathered together in an atlas of Maps to a Kinder World that can be used to help our region navigate to a new future from the COVID pandemic. 

We very much hope that you will be interested to take part in the project, if so, please do get in touch. We would like to hear from creative practitioners with an initial response to the project and proposal of what they would like to research and with which communities, people and organisations. We have identified a list of a themes that are intended to give an idea of the direction we imagine the project going in.We’d like you to respond to one of these and propose an approachyou would take to developing this. All options that engage with local activity and aim to enhance the future for communities are valid – we are committed to the idea that we are navigating uncharted territory.Supporting the greatest diversity of approach and people is our aim. 

Please follow this link for the proposed themes for Atlas Pandemica.

Helen Walsh ‘Feathers for Hope: Homegrown commission for Stove Network’ 2020

The Commissions: 

We are offering eight separate commissions to take part in the project. These are available to individual creative practitioners or teams (see Background and Criteria below). Each commission will receive an all-inclusive fee of £3,500 and the project is planned to last for approximately 5 months (NB we live in times defined by uncertainty). 
Commissioned practitioners will be supported by The Stove Network in terms of project management, partnership working and personal support. This project is about kindness and mutuality and we aim to create a collective support network around Atlas Pandemica with regular group check-ins and opportunities to share insights and learning across the group for the benefit of all. Sharing of work in progress will be an important feature of the project as it exists within an incredibly fluid and changing context. Commissioned practitioners will be working with the project’s co-curators (Robbie Coleman and Matt Baker) to develop their work in a form that can sit alongside the work of others to be presented as part of a collection of ‘maps’ in the Atlas Pandemica.
 

Please download the background and criteria for the project here.

‘Notabilia’ Visualising Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia. Moritz Stefaner, Dario Tarabelli and Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia

To Apply: 

Please send us: 

  • A statement of no more than 500 words stating how you would propose to approach being part of this project. Please include your theme of study and whom and how you would propose working with to explore this. 
  • Current CV 
  • Up to 4 examples of past work that you feel best supports your application – this can be in any form (images, films, texts, testimonials etc, links to online video or other online resources, etc) 
  • Please send by email to info@thestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB 
  • The deadline for receiving submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 17th June 
  • Interviews for the commissions will be held virtually on 30th June and 1st and 2nd July. By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on one of these dates. 
  • We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you do not receive an email, please contact us again by email. 
  • If you require specific support when making an application please let us know 

Atlas Pandemica: maps to a Kinder World is supported by Scottish Government’s ‘Supporting Communities Fund’ 

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Micro Commissions for Stove Members

In response to recent current events, and what we know will be a very challenging time for many artists and creative freelancers, The Stove is offering a number of micro-commissions to our Stove membership.

We would like artists to make a creative response to one of four themes:

Open heartedness
Solidarity
Insight
Perseverance

The response could be in any art-form, including but not limited to, poetry, music or sound art, film, collage, painted or visual approaches, sculptural or digital but ask that you consider the work to be shared in the first instance on our online platforms as part of our new homegrown project, more information about homegrown is available here.

We will select and profile one artist or creative per week as part of an on-going series. Your work must be ready within a week of your award and it will also be a condition to make a short video in a Pecha Kucha style about your creative practice (full remote support for this will be provided) and share with us any online information about your work that we can use to promote you and your work to our audience and the wider region. You’ll need to be available to be in touch with us that week to supply information and content.

Selected artists will be offered a single payment of £75 for their responses. The Stove will award one commission per week with a quick turn around. There is no deadline, but new submissions will be selected on a weekly basis from the applications available.

To apply, drop us an email with a short proposal, to a maximum of 100 words to katie@thestove.org including your chosen theme in the subject heading.

You do not need to be based in Dumfries and Galloway to apply for these opportunities, but must be a Stove member. For more information on membership, visit our webpage here

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Opportunity: Bookkeeper

Job Opportunity: Bookkeeper
The Stove Network in Dumfries is looking for a part-time, freelance bookkeeper.
Job Description
We currently use Xero for our charity and trading subsidiary accounts and our payroll. Initially, we are looking for someone to:

  • perform fortnightly bookkeeping and reconciliation
  • run payroll when Operations Manager is on holiday
  • assist in preparing information for annual audits

It is expected that the successful candidate will be hired for 10 hours per month at a rate of £15 per hour. The initial contract will be for 6 months. We can provide a working space, or the work can be done remotely (however paper files will need to be exchanged on a fortnightly basis).
In the future, there may be scope for additional paid hours to assist with preparation of financial reports, improving systems and holiday cover to process invoices. We have steadily grown over the last 9 years so it is very likely that this could grow into a core role for someone who is genuinely interested in the third sector and community enterprise.
Experience with standard bookkeeping systems, like Xero, is essential. Experience with charity accounts is highly desirable.
The position starts as soon as possible.
Please apply by sending a CV and a brief cover letter to ailsa@thestove.org by 28th February 2020.

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Commission Opportunity: Art in Action

Creative Futures Lincluden & Lochside are are looking for a community artist or artist team to work with the groups and the wider local community to create a visible identity for the new community hub in the former Lochside Primary School on Lochside Road.
The vision for the project is to commission an artist to carry out initial creative consultation with groups and the wider community and from these bring forward proposal that could include:

  • Name and visual identity for the community hub
  • An artwork attached to or integrated into the building
  • Artworks/colour palette for the perimeter of the building along the public roadway
  • Other ideas!

Ideas brought forward by the commissioned artist will be agreed collectively by the different stakeholders involved in the community (and any necessary statutory permissions researched). 
Budgets will be allocated and working methods agreed for creating the artworks with the commissioned artists 
(collective creation of the artworks with the community will be prioritised in the artworks to be commissioned.)
Fee and Budget
The fee for the initial consultation work and bringing forward ideas to be commissioned is £1000
The implementation budget for agreed ideas from the first stage is likely to be in the range of £4-6,000 (inclusive of all fees, permissions and materials).
Application Process
Please send the following:

  • Current CV
  • A letter of no more than one page of A4 stating your interest in the commission and how you would approach it.
  • Up to 5 examples of relevant past work

Your application can be sent in any form to The Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries DG1 2BJ or lee@thestove.org if your application is by email it must be no greater than 10MB and sent in PDF format.
 
Deadline for applications Tuesday 10th March at 5pm
Interviews will be held in Dumfries on Thursday 19th March – by applying for the commission you are declaring yourself available on that day.

 

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Behavin trials a new kind of experiment for Just Start Here 2020

Behavin?
In July of 2019, a micro-festival of performance art, live music and spontaneous creative action took place across the High Street of Dumfries. Set-up to agitate, disrupt, celebrate, poke fun and play, Behavin’ invited performance artists, the local community, musicians and local artists to contribute to a new kind of scene for Dumfries. 2019 featured the world’s smallest music venue, drag performance, Kung Fu master-classes, a band of seagulls, plays in our elevator theatre and a madcap day of extraordinary work from artists throughout Scotland.
And since then, it’s all gone a little bit quiet. The streets have resumed their normal operation of passers-by, people watchers, the school run, lunch- time meetings, chai latte soirees and bank appointments, all this alongside the looming avian threat of a hungry, sausage-roll-loving-seagull. Colloquially known as ‘Rats With Wings’ (also a good name for a death metal band).
Until now.
Behavin’ have been invited to take part in Just Start Here 2020 with the National Theatre of Scotland. And this year, we’re doing just that, starting right at the beginning. Our troupe (if you can call it that) is banding together once again to play, chat, explore ideas and perform, in the very heart of the High Street.
Welcome to Elsewhere, bring a chair.
We don’t know what it will be. We’re sure we’ll be sitting on a chair. We’re sure it might rain. We’re certain it’s in Fountain Square. Something is starting.
With Just Start Here, we’re in the most unique position as local artists to explore, create, start, challenge and expand our creative horizons. And we invite you, our community, our network to start something too. Join us on the 28th and 29th of February and explore how we can start a new kind of creative ambition for Dumfries.
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Just Start Here is a two day festival of bold new work, taking over shop-fronts, working men’s clubs and the streets of Dumfries this February. Organised by National Theatre of Scotland, Just Start Here will take place on 28th and 29th of February 2020. Tickets are available now, for details on how to get yours along with the full line please visit the NTS website:
Tickets and General Information
Festival Line Up

Artists Kerry Morrisson and Helmut Lemke perform a durational piece as part of Behavin 2019.
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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 and be part of delivering a new project targeting real need in our community.

The Stove Network is a well-established social enterprise in the centre of Dumfries, we are a café and a public venue for activity ranging from breadmaking to DJing, from sign-painting to community meetings. We are 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 ailsa@thestove.org. We will confirm receipt as soon as possible.

Deadline for applications: midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4th of March. 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-Thu 10-4pm).

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

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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 and be part of delivering a new project targeting real need in our community.
The Stove Network is a well-established social enterprise in the centre of Dumfries, we are a café and a public venue for activity ranging from breadmaking to DJing, from sign-painting to community meetings. We are 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 ailsa@thestove.org. We will confirm receipt as soon as possible.
Deadline for applications: midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4th of March. 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-Thu 10-4pm).
 
This position is possible through the support of the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities fund.