Embers – Creative Placemaking for the South of Scotland
There is has been a growing recognition that something special is happening in community-led work across the country. In D+G our creative sector is working at the heart of rural communities and helping to inspire, facilitate and connect other initiatives that are making a real difference for our places and the people that live there. At The Stove we have received national and international recognition for our work in this field and are aware of the transformational resource this Creative Placemaking practice can be for our communities.
Embers aims to ignite creative and culturally-led regeneration by exploring the work and experience in Dumfries & Galloway and helping to define a joined-up vision for work in Creative Placemaking for the South of Scotland. Embers presents Creative Placemaking as a collaborative practice that uses creative activity to connect and come together with other individuals, groups and organisations and respond to local needs with innovative solutions that focus on social wellbeing and inclusion in our communities.
With the establishment of the South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE) there is an opportunity for this type of Creative Placemaking work to be a key part of a regional strategy for enterprise and growing healthy community-focused economies in the South of Scotland.
Through 6 months of deep consultation work we have had conversations with, and gathered information from, 21 groups and organisations from across Dumfries and Galloway with additional feedback and input from regional and national support bodies and agencies and research into relative policy. We wanted to find out directly from groups and organisations working successfully as part of their communities more about the strengths and challenges of their work and build a picture of effective Creative Placemaking in Dumfries and Galloway and its impact for our places.
“How can we, as a creative agency for change, make things slightly different here.”Lucy MacLeod, Creative Director for Outpost Arts, Langholm
Download the Embers report here: Embers Report
A Clear Text version here: Embers Report – Clear Text Version