The Stove’s Annual Gathering

The Stove’s Annual Gathering

When: 6pm – 7.45pm (with a break)  Monday 22nd February 2021
Where: Online – advance registration is required, CLICK HERE.  Please note: An email will be sent to you before 22nd February with a link to the online event.
Who: Stove members and an open invite to others

The Stove Network’s ‘Annual General Meeting’ (AGM) is a very special feature in our yearly calendar, it’s the moment when all the parts of The Stove from our membership to core team and board members come together to reflect on the year passed as well as look to the future.

Whilst we usually host our AGM in November/December, the team decided to postpone this given the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic. And whilst our AGM is usually a social event with food and the chance to catch up with folk, this year has to be different. And whilst we can’t meet-up in person we’re sure our AGM will be as informative, social and lively as ever.

It is very important to everyone connected with The Stove that the organisation reflects the community it serves so we’d encourage everyone with even a passing interest in the work of The Stove to come along. Our AGM is a friendly space offering a fascinating insight into how things work, find out what’s coming up and see how you can be involved in shaping our future direction.

The Stove’s Annual Gathering 2020-21

  • Review of the Year: A visual presentation of the work of The Stove over the last 15 months
  • The Stove Board’s report for 2020-21: A brief summary of the activities of Trustees over the last year, including the finances of the organisation.
  • Election of the Board of Trustees for the coming year: Every year the members of The Stove elect a board of trustees to run the organisation on their behalf. All members attending the AGM will be invited to vote electronically.
  • The Year Ahead: A presentation, by the Stove team, of what is coming up for 2021-2022 that we know about and some of the things in development. This will also include a discussion of some of the suggestions and issues raised by Stove members in the recent members survey
  • The Body of the Kirk: Breaking up into smaller groups for short discussions of some of the topics raised.

Throughout the Gathering people will be able to ask questions and make comments and everything will be answered in the meeting or afterwards depending on time available.

One long serving member of our Board of Trustees (Del Whitticase) is standing down at the AGM, but everyone else is standing for re-election. There are some spaces for new Trustees to stand, if you’d be interested in joining this great bunch of people please get in touch with our Orchestrator, Matt Baker (matt@thestove.org) before the Gathering. Matt can tell you what is involved and how this all works. Del is a working artist, so we’d be very interested to hear from other artists from the community to be that voice on our Board; and we also have a particular need for a Trustee with legal experience.

We would like to make it possible for as many members as possible to participate in the process of electing the Board for next year – so if you cannot attend the AGM, but would like to participate, please fill out this form TSN AGM Voting Form and send it back to info@thestove.org

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the 22nd February!

 

Categories
Musings News

2021: The Stove at 10 Years

‘For me, the question of democracy also opens up the question of what does it mean to be truly human. And it seems to me that we need to recognize that to develop the best humanity, the best spirit, the best community, there needs to be discipline, practices of exploring. How do you do that? How do we work together? How do we talk together in ways that will open up our best capacities and our best gifts?’

Vincent Harding

Looking back, looking forward

Our first foot into the New Year might seem like little has changed. With a new spike rolling in with the first snowfall of January, a third lockdown begins. And as we huddle further into our little worlds the news cycle spins and bounces off the walls with the discovery of a vaccine. And for now, we carry on.

2021 marks ten years of the Stove’s work. And we’re immensely proud of what’s been achieved in that time; from festivals and events to community buy-outs and river races. Together with our community, we’ve shaped a new vision not only for the arts but also for the vital role that communities and creativity play in the shaping of our town.

This year, we’re focused on sharing and learning together again so that we can build and support new and ambitious ideas from the voices hitherto unheard across the region.

As of December, the Stove has been focused on building a programme of new projects that will allow us to delve deeper into connecting communities, ideas and creativity together. We want to build new connections, routes and opportunities for learning across our membership and wider region.

This year we want to discover new voices, train and support new ideas as well as deepen our relationship to the places beyond the town center.

We will do this by:

  • Creating new spaces for people to learn, share and take part in conversations to map the future of our region.
  • Continuing to explore and promote bold and innovative projects that connect people in a time of social isolation.
  • Finding the new stories and storytellers to help us navigate a world spinning further out of reach.
  • Focusing on localism and power by providing the tools necessary for communities to realise and shape their identities and futures.

Our programme will stretch across sharing skills in digital communication to help communities and artists reach further and more meaningfully to people, regional projects to support bold ideas concerned with community ownership and place-making and a responsive series of events and conversations open to all.

We are committed to exploring, developing and sharing how we work with other places and people and to continue the conversation online through our new podcast channel and other outlets.

Throughout January the Stove will be planning and organizing for the year ahead, so we encourage you to keep an eye on our website and social media for announcements, job opportunities and activity.

We’d like to once again thank our membership and community who have helped to shape our ideas for the year ahead by taking part in our projects, events, consultations and conversations throughout 2020.

And to celebrate ten years of the Stove we’ll be sharing the stories of those who have come through our doors, sharing their favourite memories as well as finding out what lies next for us over the next 10 years.

Whilst the road ahead looks rough, we’re hopeful our work will cement a new vision of community and creativity that seeks to support a fairer society for all. We can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Dumfries Tower of Light *CANCELLED*

In line with the current restrictions, and the rising cases of Covid-19 both in the region and nationally, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the planned Tower of Light for the time being.
We’ll look forward to bringing some light and activity to the town centre when it is safe to do so. In the meantime we hope you will be able to keep close to home, and mark the turning of these dark winter evenings as we move slowly back into a lighter time of year.

About Dumfries Tower of Light

Join us at the Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura for the spectacular Tower Of Light, a gentle midwinter celebration for all the family to enjoy. The iconic Windmill Tower will be illuminated by 1,000 candles for one night only and you’re invited to come along, make a wish and shine a light in the darkness of midwinter.
The Tower of Light will illuminate the Windmill Tower at 5pm on Sunday 10th January, running until 7.30pm. Audiences are invited to visit the site throughout the day to observe the installation and come back as darkness falls to see the full effect of the installation.
Visitors to the Midwinter Tower of Light are encouraged to add to the installation by reflecting on 2020 leave their own ‘message of hope’, to mark a significant moment in this year. As we step out of the dark and into a New Year and what looks to be a new beginning, it is hoped that the Tower of Light will be a way to connect the community and bring hope to those who visit, despite the difficulties the year has brought to everyone.

Visiting Dumfries Tower of Light

The visual artwork is fully accessible and there will be social-distancing measures in place. No booking is required, but stewards will be on hand to maintain safe social distancing throughout. If you are unable to make it along to the museum grounds, the installation will also be streamed online so that everyone can access the event.

Full details about the live stream will be announced shortly.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions the museum building will not be open during the Tower of Light event. There will be a one way system in place to allow safe visiting of the illumination which involves entry to the museum grounds from the corner of Church and Primrose Streets and access via the garden steps to the level of the Windmill Tower. An accessible alternative route is available for visitors with limited mobility, and stewards will be on hand at all times to guide visitors.

Car Parking and Access

There will be 8 disabled parking spaces inside the main gate of the museum (at the corner of Rotchell Road and Church Street) and an alternative access route for visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

All other visitors arriving by car are kindly asked to park either on the Whitesands or Mill Road car parks and take a short walk up the hill to the museum.

Further Information and Contact Details

Midwinter Tower of Light is produced by The Stove Network in partnership with Dumfries Museum and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
For press information please contact Kirstin@thestove.org
For other information please contact Katie@thestove.org

Lowland: A play for your ears in two chapters

Lowland: A play for your ears in two chapters

Launching Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm on The Stove Network Podcast, and Part 2 coming Friday 11th December at 7.30pm.

“Barnside is sinking and its residents are ready to revolt. As the storm gathers and darkens, the local council have a plan to share. Only, not everything is as it seems and sooner or later, something’s going to give…”
An audio play in two acts, inspired by over 500 postcards reflecting on life in Dumfries written by Doonhamers. Lowland: The Play features a community cast, devised through collaboration with local writers’ groups, communities and members of the local council, Lowland is the tale of a consultation gone wrong.
As Angela, a council officer, prepares for a consultation, one year in the making, her boss throws a curve ball, eradicating all her best intentions, leaving her and her assistants in disarray and woefully unprepared. As a storm rages on outside, a community prepares a coup d’état…
Lowland is a dark comedy, offering a satirical look at the nature of community, power, local democracy and belonging.
Initially due to be performed in Dumfries, Langholm and Moniaive in March 2020, the play has been re-imagined as a podcast play in two chapters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To listen to Lowland

You can listen to Lowland via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcast search engines, or by visiting our podcast site directly, which we will provide a direct link here once these have become available to listen.
Chapter 1 will go live on Thursday, 10th December at 7.30pm
Chapter 2 will go live on Friday. 11th December at 7.30pm
Find out more about Lowland and the brilliant community cast by clicking here. 

Lowland: A play for your ears in two chapters

Lowland: A play for your ears in two chapters

Launching Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm on The Stove Network Podcast, and Part 2 coming Friday 11th December at 7.30pm.

“Barnside is sinking and its residents are ready to revolt. As the storm gathers and darkens, the local council have a plan to share. Only, not everything is as it seems and sooner or later, something’s going to give…”
An audio play in two acts, inspired by over 500 postcards reflecting on life in Dumfries written by Doonhamers. Lowland: The Play features a community cast, devised through collaboration with local writers’ groups, communities and members of the local council, Lowland is the tale of a consultation gone wrong.
As Angela, a council officer, prepares for a consultation, one year in the making, her boss throws a curve ball, eradicating all her best intentions, leaving her and her assistants in disarray and woefully unprepared. As a storm rages on outside, a community prepares a coup d’état…
Lowland is a dark comedy, offering a satirical look at the nature of community, power, local democracy and belonging.
Initially due to be performed in Dumfries, Langholm and Moniaive in March 2020, the play has been re-imagined as a podcast play in two chapters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To listen to Lowland

You can listen to Lowland via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcast search engines, or by visiting our podcast site directly, which we will provide a direct link here once these have become available to listen.
Chapter 1 will go live on Thursday, 10th December at 7.30pm
Chapter 2 will go live on Friday. 11th December at 7.30pm
Find out more about Lowland and the brilliant community cast by clicking here. 
Categories
News

Elsewhere: First Images

Thank you to everyone who took some time to visit Elsewhere last weekend, it filled us with hope to see the town again from fresh perspectives and in new lights.

The first of our images from the weekend are now available, thanks to photographer Kirstin McEwan.

If you weren’t able to attend in person, much of the wonderful work we included as part of Elsewhere is available to view online, see a selection of links below.

Elsewhere was supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Regional Arts Fund.

Categories
Events News Opportunities

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.

Elsewhere

13th and 14th November
Running from 6-9pm daily

Discover a series of light-based artworks and film installations in Dumfries town centre, created by local artists, inspired by lockdown. A short walking route starting and ending at The Stove, 100 High Street.

Audiences are invited to visit Dumfries town centre to discover a series of temporary artworks and film installations. Elsewhere is a playful investigation into our changed relationship with public space as a result of covid-19.
To begin, head to the Stove café for information about the route and the artworks. The Stove café will be open until 8pm for hot drinks and a tasty vegetable stew, so after you have explored Elsewhere, pop back and warm up. Some of the artists and organisers will be on hand to share further information.
Movement around the artworks is free and unguided, but stewards will be on hand for safety, social distancing and information about the artworks. Each work is no more than six minutes in length, so audiences are encouraged to travel between the works whilst observing social distancing guidelines. There is no sign up required, but a short wait may be required to view some works.

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’ Atlas Pandemica

Elsewhere is the conclusion of a four month project, with a series of artworks and film installations in unexpected corners of the town centre over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, 6-9pm on and around Dumfries High Street.
Films will be projected onto windows and walls of spaces in the town centre. The content of the film artworks comes from the Elsewhere team of artists and have all been developed through the period of the pandemic.
Elsewhere is a creative research project led by artists exploring public space during a time when we as a community are learning to live with the effects of covid-19 on our sense of place. Elsewhere takes place between July and November 2020.
The Elsewhere team will be making artworks, in Dumfries town centre, that experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. We want to encourage people to pause whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and at all times of day, inviting audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.
Elsewhere is a project led by The Stove Network, with support from the Midsteeple Quarter (community-led regeneration project for Dumfries High Street) and is contributing towards The Stove’s Atlas Pandemica project (10 collaborations with different communities that have responded to the pandemic.)

Elsewhere

13th and 14th November
Running from 6-9pm daily

Discover a series of light-based artworks and film installations in Dumfries town centre, created by local artists, inspired by lockdown. A short walking route starting and ending at The Stove, 100 High Street.

Audiences are invited to visit Dumfries town centre to discover a series of temporary artworks and film installations. Elsewhere is a playful investigation into our changed relationship with public space as a result of covid-19.
To begin, head to the Stove café for information about the route and the artworks. The Stove café will be open until 8pm for hot drinks and a tasty vegetable stew, so after you have explored Elsewhere, pop back and warm up. Some of the artists and organisers will be on hand to share further information.
Movement around the artworks is free and unguided, but stewards will be on hand for safety, social distancing and information about the artworks. Each work is no more than six minutes in length, so audiences are encouraged to travel between the works whilst observing social distancing guidelines. There is no sign up required, but a short wait may be required to view some works.

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’ Atlas Pandemica

Elsewhere is the conclusion of a four month project, with a series of artworks and film installations in unexpected corners of the town centre over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, 6-9pm on and around Dumfries High Street.
Films will be projected onto windows and walls of spaces in the town centre. The content of the film artworks comes from the Elsewhere team of artists and have all been developed through the period of the pandemic.
Elsewhere is a creative research project led by artists exploring public space during a time when we as a community are learning to live with the effects of covid-19 on our sense of place. Elsewhere takes place between July and November 2020.
The Elsewhere team will be making artworks, in Dumfries town centre, that experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. We want to encourage people to pause whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and at all times of day, inviting audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.
Elsewhere is a project led by The Stove Network, with support from the Midsteeple Quarter (community-led regeneration project for Dumfries High Street) and is contributing towards The Stove’s Atlas Pandemica project (10 collaborations with different communities that have responded to the pandemic.)

Elsewhere

13th and 14th November
Running from 6-9pm daily

Discover a series of light-based artworks and film installations in Dumfries town centre, created by local artists, inspired by lockdown. A short walking route starting and ending at The Stove, 100 High Street.

Audiences are invited to visit Dumfries town centre to discover a series of temporary artworks and film installations. Elsewhere is a playful investigation into our changed relationship with public space as a result of covid-19.
To begin, head to the Stove café for information about the route and the artworks. The Stove café will be open until 8pm for hot drinks and a tasty vegetable stew, so after you have explored Elsewhere, pop back and warm up. Some of the artists and organisers will be on hand to share further information.
Movement around the artworks is free and unguided, but stewards will be on hand for safety, social distancing and information about the artworks. Each work is no more than six minutes in length, so audiences are encouraged to travel between the works whilst observing social distancing guidelines. There is no sign up required, but a short wait may be required to view some works.

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’ Atlas Pandemica

Elsewhere is the conclusion of a four month project, with a series of artworks and film installations in unexpected corners of the town centre over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, 6-9pm on and around Dumfries High Street.
Films will be projected onto windows and walls of spaces in the town centre. The content of the film artworks comes from the Elsewhere team of artists and have all been developed through the period of the pandemic.
Elsewhere is a creative research project led by artists exploring public space during a time when we as a community are learning to live with the effects of covid-19 on our sense of place. Elsewhere takes place between July and November 2020.
The Elsewhere team will be making artworks, in Dumfries town centre, that experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. We want to encourage people to pause whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and at all times of day, inviting audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.
Elsewhere is a project led by The Stove Network, with support from the Midsteeple Quarter (community-led regeneration project for Dumfries High Street) and is contributing towards The Stove’s Atlas Pandemica project (10 collaborations with different communities that have responded to the pandemic.)