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!

 

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News

Elsewhere: First Images

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.

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Blueprint100 Musings News

Speeding Backwards: An update from Kyna Hodges 

As part of the ‘Speeding Backwards’ project there was to be a woman’s build weekend. The weekend was to help plan and construct a bicycle trailer that will house a dark room and equipment for taking photographs using the wet plate collodion process (for more information click here). The build up to the weekend was nerve racking, still the questions of ‘Can we? Can’t we?’ floating aground with the restrictions seeming to change daily.  

But the day finally arrived, food planned and workshop laid out! On the first day Emily Tough, Beck Tucker and Myself all got to know each other and then went into the workshop to get to know the tools. One of the most empowering things as a woman learning construction can be understanding the use of tools and what they can do. It gives you an idea of what is possible and how. We applied the tools to the task of creating a box that we designed and began to execute. I took portraits of the interns using the wet plate collodian process that the trailer is destined to house.  On the second day our female builder Alice Francis arrived and we set to work looking at how to construct the trailer, it was so inspiring being around all these different creative and problem solving minds. When having meals together it helped to cement us as a group and come at a problem with the same energy. After lunch we set about looking into the interns individual projects that they had been asked to prepare. The weekend ended on a high of everyone getting a start and insight into their own projects and the mass giveaway of tools!  

The next phases of the project are to complete the build and begin to contact primary schools about seeing them in the spring. This is when the other intern Faye McKellar will be joining to deliver educational workshops and create a slow moving wonderment down the coastline of Dumfries and Galloway.  

  

Kyna Hodges 

 

Email: kynahodges@hotmail.co.uk 

Website: https://kyna-hodges.com 

 

Wild Goose Festival Launch Event

Date: Friday 9th October, Launch time: 6:30pm

Location: Wild Goose HQ, 34-37 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Cost: Free but ticketed – reserve your place by clicking here.

Join us at the Wild Goose HQ on the Whitesands for the official launch of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival 2020. Featuring a live performance of Flight by composer Stuart Macpherson, an immersive travelling soundscape influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to the Caerlaverock Wetlands.
The staff and experts at NatureScot will be present on the Whitesands at 6.15pm as they interpret the sights and sounds of the barnacle geese as they fly overhead on their epic journey to the Solway Estuary and celebrate this most unique part of our natural heritage.

Wild Goose Festival Launch Event

Date: Friday 9th October, Launch time: 6:30pm

Location: Wild Goose HQ, 34-37 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Cost: Free but ticketed – reserve your place by clicking here.

Join us at the Wild Goose HQ on the Whitesands for the official launch of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival 2020. Featuring a live performance of Flight by composer Stuart Macpherson, an immersive travelling soundscape influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to the Caerlaverock Wetlands.
The staff and experts at NatureScot will be present on the Whitesands at 6.15pm as they interpret the sights and sounds of the barnacle geese as they fly overhead on their epic journey to the Solway Estuary and celebrate this most unique part of our natural heritage.

Wild Goose Festival Launch Event

Date: Friday 9th October, Launch time: 6:30pm

Location: Wild Goose HQ, 34-37 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Cost: Free but ticketed – reserve your place by clicking here.

Join us at the Wild Goose HQ on the Whitesands for the official launch of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival 2020. Featuring a live performance of Flight by composer Stuart Macpherson, an immersive travelling soundscape influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to the Caerlaverock Wetlands.
The staff and experts at NatureScot will be present on the Whitesands at 6.15pm as they interpret the sights and sounds of the barnacle geese as they fly overhead on their epic journey to the Solway Estuary and celebrate this most unique part of our natural heritage.

Wild Goose Festival Launch Event

Date: Friday 9th October, Launch time: 6:30pm

Location: Wild Goose HQ, 34-37 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Cost: Free but ticketed – reserve your place by clicking here.

Join us at the Wild Goose HQ on the Whitesands for the official launch of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival 2020. Featuring a live performance of Flight by composer Stuart Macpherson, an immersive travelling soundscape influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to the Caerlaverock Wetlands.
The staff and experts at NatureScot will be present on the Whitesands at 6.15pm as they interpret the sights and sounds of the barnacle geese as they fly overhead on their epic journey to the Solway Estuary and celebrate this most unique part of our natural heritage.

Wild Goose Festival Launch Event

Date: Friday 9th October, Launch time: 6:30pm

Location: Wild Goose HQ, 34-37 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Cost: Free but ticketed – reserve your place by clicking here.

Join us at the Wild Goose HQ on the Whitesands for the official launch of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival 2020. Featuring a live performance of Flight by composer Stuart Macpherson, an immersive travelling soundscape influenced and inspired by the migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to the Caerlaverock Wetlands.

The staff and experts at NatureScot will be present on the Whitesands at 6.15pm as they interpret the sights and sounds of the barnacle geese as they fly overhead on their epic journey to the Solway Estuary and celebrate this most unique part of our natural heritage.

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News

Stove Member and Community Survey

Hello there!

We at The Stove have been focusing on what it means to be a “network” and how we can have a deeper conversation with ALL our members as well as our community. With this in mind we hope to learn more about our membership, what it means to be a member of The Stove Network and what we mean to the wider community so that we can continue to consider better ways of working together.

How do you see yourself in relation to The Stove? What would you like to get out of being a member? What would you like to contribute to the network now and in the future? What can we do better?This knowledge will add to the information that we gather through our work and contribute to making more informed decisions for the future of The Stove, Dumfries and the wider region. By completing this survey you will be helping us to ensure The Stove stays relevant for its community and membership.

You can choose to remain anonymous, or enter our draw to win one of three £75 prizes. If you do enter the draw, one member of staff will collate the responses and will still anonymise the results for consideration by the rest of the team.

 

Take part in the Survey here



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Musings Projects

homegrown – a conclusion and a new beginning


Homegrown was an immediate response to the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown that saw the world close it’s doors and retreat into our homes. The Stove’s doors too were closed and months of programming, preparations for upcoming events and projects were put on hold.
In the final few days before the government enforced the lockdown, we looked for four themes to guide our direction and settled on solidarity, open heartedness, insight and perseverance1. The title for the project looked to create a platform to share the creativity grown from homes across the region, and further afield – and to help create a space to allow these creative reflections to flourish.

We re-grouped, via the now all-too-familiar ZOOM for our first meeting online, and started to investigate how The Stove could respond. The Stove has always been a future-facing and responsive organisation, but we made the decision to be watchful and listen to those around us, supporting the efforts of the council and other agencies, who took the lead on the immediate challenges facing many of our communities.
As the rug was pulled from under our feet, it quickly showed that the rug was all that was holding some of us up; the floor’s foundations were not equally distributed. Of our 600+ members at the Stove, we estimated that as many as half will be self-employed or freelancers, and the COVID-19 shutdown in March saw many people’s incomes wiped out overnight as events and regular contracts were cancelled. The homegrown project initially looked to draw on our resources to share a series of micro-commissions to support Stove members facing financial difficulties. This theme further developed into Atlas Pandemica – for (more detail about this project visit here).

Hope for Food Origin Awareness. For Helen Walsh’s Feathers of Hope series as part of her micro commission

Each week, we invited a creative response from one of our members (growing to two per week as interest developed) to one of our four key themes, and over the weeks we were able to share the work of 14 different artists from a variety of backgrounds and creative approaches. The aim of these micro-commissions was light touch; the proposals were focused on sharing perspectives and experiences of the sudden changes to our world, and giving each artist the time and support to develop something creative where many were finding the daily routine too overwhelming to allow for any reflection or creative focus. Each commission also gave us the opportunity to meet and find out more about our membership, some of whom were new to our team, or familiar faces that we were able to build new relationships with, and to share this with our audiences and wider network digitally.
Homegrown also developed a series of ‘creative challenges’ that were open to anyone to take part in, and responses were received from a wide collection of participants. We set out not to provide distraction, or to add to the noise as organisations scrabbled to move their content online, but to create a space for reflective creative process – opening up space for ideas sharing, playful interaction and exchange. Some of our challenges were focused around key questions – What memories come in times of silence? Where are the secret spaces in your life now? Others invited an exploration of a particular technique or process – photography, writing or printmaking. All of the responses were then added to our online gallery and shared digitally as part of our homegrown conversation.

Memory Jar created by Andy Brooke

Homegrown was conceived of as a starting point, not to provide answers but to open the door to include as many voices in our conversations – towards a new folklore that documented the response from Dumfries and our wider Stove membership in a time of social isolation. Each conversation, collaboration that we hosted opened for us new ways of understanding and interpreting the world around us. As we were each confined to our personal spaces we were able to reach out and make the connections with other people, who helped to drive and direct the project’s course.
Everything is significant, and we have learned a lot over the past three months. As the lockdown moves into a new phase and the town gradually begins to re-open it’s doors, homegrown comes to a close – but we hope to take forward many of the conversations, ideas and approaches that we have learned during this time through listening and being open to the directions of others. As we look forward, we bring the influences of homegrown with us: our new project Atlas Pandemica looks to draw together a team of artists in response to the changes we’ve been facing in Dumfries and Galloway, and Elsewhere a town centre project will look to draw on and further develop some of the responses shared during the homegrown micro commissions. We hope to bring much of the homegrown content from the realm of the digital, back into the public sphere, the physical and the personal, and will be looking at ways to safely do this as restrictions continue to ease.

Doorways. A collective artwork by The Lockdown Collective, JoAnne, John and Luke McKay

The homegrown webpages will continue to live on the Stove website as a record of all of the work that we have shared and grown in our homes, together. To help you navigate the content, you can find:

  • Creative Challenges and responses
  • Artist Talks given by each of the homegrown micro-commissions

Special thanks to everyone that contributed to homegrown.
1Three of these themes, Insight, Open heartedness and perseverance, were originally part of Matt Baker’s three virtues artwork for Inverness.

Poetry by Daniel Gillespie as part of his micro commission.