Meet the Artists
‘What We Do Now’ (WWDN), is a pioneering, experimental project working with creative freelancers, places, and communities across the Southwest of Scotland, through ten substantial commission opportunities for freelance creatives and artists to work locally on creative projects that directly benefit five towns in Dumfries & Galloway.
Forming part of the national programme, ‘Culture Collective”, What We Do Now focuses on culture and creativity and how these play a role in the nation’s long-term recovery from the pandemic.
The project provides creative practitioners the opportunity to work with community-led organisations throughout the region from over the course of one year, first launched in summer 2021.
A detailed recruitment process was undertaken to ensure each of the five place hubs were partnered with the right artist(s) to collaborate with and develop each brief, identifying and addressing the needs of the communities they represent.
Now in the next phase of the project, What We Do Now is ready to introduce the commissioned artists who will work with community groups to ignite and inspire new imaginative possibilities for the five towns across Dumfries and Galloway for the coming year!
- Castle Douglas: Martin Danziger & Kiera Manson
- Langholm: Jim Buchanan & Sian Yeshe
- North-West Dumfries: Alice Francis, Rose Giblin & Andy Brooke
- Sanquhar: CT Productions & Jack Stancliffe
- Stranraer: Hope London & Rory Laycock
This team, of experienced and emerging artists, will work together with communities exploring bold new ideas to celebrate the voices often unheard in our region. Over the course of the next year, What We Do Now will weave together and showcase a united, creative vision of our region. One that is built and inspired by the communities we all belong to and serve.
Supporting our artists on their journey and recording their progress will be documentary duo, Patrick Rooney of Dear Friend Films and photo-journalist Kirstin McEwan. Their work will illustrate the varied creative approaches each artist will undertake as well as follow the development of each brief, documenting the unique stories of each place, the communities therein and the vision each will evolve.
To find out more about out the artists, and community organisations they’ll be collaborating with click here.