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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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Caerlaverock Stories

This year at the Stove, we are looking at the towns connection to Caerlaverock Castle, exploring the routes there from the town centre, the heritage and history of the site and it’s importance in the history of our region, drawing new connections and opening up the site to new audiences.

What are your connections with Caerlaverock Castle? What do you know about it, what are you memories of time spent there? What local myths and legends are connected with the site?
We are looking at stories: stories of history, environment and communities, trade routes and pathways, ways of living then and now.

To kick things off we’ve been meeting with local partners, gathering creative projects and looking at how we can be part of expanding the narrative of Caerlaverock.
The core theme of the project is Living on the Edge, exploring ideas of Peace, War, the Living Landscape and the Wolves at the Door – Caerlaverock is more than just a castle at siege but has a long and winding history – how much of it do you know? Caerlaverock is more than just a castle.

To launch this new conversation, we are mapping some of these histories, routes and pathways to and from the Castle in the Stove café. Pop in between the 6th and 28th of March to add some of your own, and help us build a bigger picture of Caerlaverock’s past – and future.

Do you remember your earliest visits to the castle? Do you have any great images of the castle or grounds that you could share? What does Caerlaverock mean to you? Get in touch, or let us know using #LivingCaerlaverock.

We will also be hosting a conversation between project lead Katharine Wheeler and Sally Hinchcliffe of Cycling Dumfries about routes to and from the castle, slow travel and alternative transport options. This will be a free event on Friday, 13th March from 5pm – come and join in the discussion! Full details here

A performance of Solway to Svalbard, led by musician and composer Stuart Macpherson in Caerlaverock Castle in 2019

The Stove is working with Historic Environment Scotland as part of their work to develop Caerlaverock Castle as a significant place in our region, specifically around what this place means to our communities to develop skills and learning opportunities.

For more information, contact katharine@thestove.org

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.

Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm

Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.

A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here

*SOLD OUT* Dumfries Closes: Guided Walk

Apologies, this event is now sold out.
Art in Public: Closes Guided Walk
Saturday 11th May 2-3.30 pm
Uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries, in a guided walk exploring the hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Join the Mostly Ghostly team to see what we can uncover.
A gentle walk around the town centre, departing from the Stove.
Places are free, but please book in advance online here