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EMBERS – Workshops across the Region

EMBERS – Igniting Culturally led Regeneration across Dumfries and Galloway

“What we hope is that EMBERS will be a map, advocacy document and proposal for support needed to further advance the really great work in place-making across Dumfries and Galloway.”

We have been talking with groups and organisations around the region about the culturally-led and creative work that is happening in communities across D&G and the great examples of place-making this has led to. About the commonalities in support and resources and the challenges, barriers this work can come up against.

We are now running a series of Group Workshops to explore the Emerging Themes from these conversations and what support for this work might look like – please see details below and sign up if you would like to join in with these sessions.

Most of our activity at The Stove has been focused on community-led activity in Dumfries town centre (and within that building opportunities for the regions creative sector as much as we can). We are aware of great things happening all over the region, the brilliant work happening in communities in D+G that are using their own skills and creativity to make positive changes for their places, and think there is an opportunity for this work to be highlighted, better supported and joined up for all our benefit.

We have a vision of joining up networks across D+G in a way that stays true to the grassroots ethos we all started with. What we’d like to do through EMBERS is represent this ‘place-making’ activity in the region back to the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency in the hope (and expectation!) that they will then shape part of their programme specifically to support this area of work by creating a genuinely bespoke way of working that strengthens what we have all started independently.

We are not focusing on a delivery model but on how we can strengthen the pathways between the work we ALL currently do. How we can build on existing networks in communities and cultural/creative sectors – overlaying and combining them to create a powerfully integrated regional field of shared resource, capacity, knowledge, skills and opportunity.

Group Workshops
Langholm (Outpost Arts) Wed 18th Sept 3-5pm
The Look Out, 42-44 High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH

Stranraer (Stranraer Development Trust) Wed 2nd of Oct 5:30-7:30pm
8 Castle St, Stranraer, DG9 0AG

Dumfries (The Stove Network) Thur 3rd Oct 2-4pm
Rm2 (upstairs) 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ

Please book places via Eventbrite here

We are delighted to be working with Issy Petrie, Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust on this.
Please contact Katharine for more information