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OPPORTUNITY: Artist/Maker Commission – Symbol of Community Support

Artist/Maker Commission – Symbol of Community Support

Midsteeple Quarter is a community-led project to breathe new life into the centre of Dumfries. The Stove Network is working in partnership with Midsteeple Quarter  to commission an artist/maker to create an innovative and changing artwork that demonstrates the support of local groups, businesses and individuals for the Midsteeple Quarter project. The artwork will be sited in the window of ‘The Smithy’ – one of the community owned shops on Dumfries High Street. As the project develops the artwork must adapt to incorporate the names of sponsors as they get involved.

In the first instance, the artwork will form part of a Crowdfunder campaign that will raise money to purchase more buildings for the community; but, the intention is for the artwork to have a life beyond this first campaign and become an enduring symbol of community support for Midsteeple Quarter.

The commission is open to artists and makers working in any medium. The developing nature of the work must be practical and achievable without additional expertise or expense. The total budget for the commission is £1000 inclusive of all fees, materials, expenses and VAT.

To apply please submit the following:

·      A sketch design of your idea

·      Images of up to three relevant examples of your recent work

This is a short turnaround project; applications must be received by 5pm Friday 15th January. The Commission will be awarded on Monday 18th January and the artwork will be in place in by 5th February.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity please contact Scott Mackay on [email protected]

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Beauty in the Broken: Call Out for Community Gardeners

As part of Atlas Pandemica, local artist Peter Smith is seeking local people to become ‘gardeners’ in the town.

‘Beauty in the Broken’ is a project which has been commissioned by The Stove as part of ‘Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World’, which uses creative ways to chart the changes that have happened around us recently and to try and navigate the way forward into a more hopeful and shared future.

Peter Smith is a Dumfries based artist who works in fields of interactive art and wood-based sculpture and design.

 

Peter has created a series of Zen Gardens that will be placed around the town and is looking for a people to volunteer to tend the gardens over the three weeks they are in situ.

The project looks at the way in which Covid-19 may have broken us, but there is always an opportunity to repair in a new, beautiful way. We don’t try to hide these breaks and damage, but we repair our town and community – creating something unique and powerfully beautiful.

Peter sees this project as a social ‘Kintsugi’ – a method of repairing broken things in a way that embraces flaws and imperfections – worked out through the mindful practice of rock gardens.

The gardeners will regularly tend a set of sand and rock gardens throughout Dumfries every morning for 10-20 minutes. Rocks are placed on the field of sand and rakes are used to mark patterns and shapes into the sand. They will then be left for the day and a new design created the following day.

This opportunity is open to anyone – you do not need to have any gardening experience or experience in the creative industries. The gardens will go live over a 3-week period, from 18th January to 7th February 2021. The only requirement is availability every morning for 10-20 minutes during the 3-week period and to be able to carry some hand tools. The project looks to include a diverse mix of people from the local community.

If you would like to volunteer or for further information, please email [email protected]

The deadline to get in touch is Monday 14th December at 12 noon.

For more information on Atlas Pandemica, please click here.

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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.
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.
If you need any more information on the publication please get in touch through our social channels or email [email protected]
Submissions should be sent to: [email protected] 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

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Commission: Filmmaker for Wild Goose Festival in Dumfries

The Stove Network would like to commission a filmmaker to create a series of short films to be used as promotional tools for the next Wild Goose Festival in 2021.

The Wild Goose Festival 2020 is a pilot for a new multi-media festival in Dumfries that uses the migratory route of the Barnacle Geese between Svalbard and the Solway Estuary to join people, nature and ideas across Scotland and the Arctic.
The festival will feature arts events, literature / storytelling for children and events connecting people to the natural world. There are some indoor events, but much of the Wild Goose Festival takes place outdoors.

The Wild Goose Festival is part of a very strong collaborative approach with experienced partners who are already successful in D+G tourism industry. Through the active partnership with NatureScot, WWT Caerlaverock, The Stove Network, Moat Brae National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and PAMIS. there are extensive opportunities for visitors to connect throughThe Wild Goose Festival, with the wider tourism offer in the natural and cultural environment of Dumfries and Galloway.
Wild Goose Festival is a local community festival, with high quality content and production values. It aims to attract a diverse audience with a particular emphasis on families (it takes place during the school holidays). Events have been programmed with COVID restrictions very much in mind – we therefore have very limited audience numbers particularly for the indoor events.

The inaugural festival takes place in Dumfries between 9th and 16thOctober 2020 the successful contractor will agree a concept and filming/interview schedule with the project team and film at agreed events during the festival.

Final edits will be agreed with the commissioner and the outputs will be:

  • a film of approx. 6 minutes duration giving a flavour of the whole festival
  • A short edit of the overall film, of max 2 minutes for social media
  • A specific short edit (approx. 3 mins) of the Norway Network elements of the festival
  • Static filming of storytelling event with signed BSL interpretation for the Deaf/ deaf community.

The programme for the 2020 festival can be viewed here

It is not expected that the filmmaker will cover all of the programme. At the commencement of the commission we anticipate a detailed creative briefing session with the filmmaker to explain the different events in the festival and together agree a concept for the film and a representative selection of events to film from the programme.

The total available budget for the commission is £1500. This is to be inclusive of all expenses involved in carrying out the commission and VAT.

To apply for the commission please send the following to [email protected]:

  • Links to up to three relevant examples of past work
  • Current CV

Deadline for applications – 5pm. Monday  21st September 2020.

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Opportunities: Two Festival Mentorships

The Stove is seeking two mentees to join our Nithraid team this Autumn. Two exciting opportunities have emerged for young people to get involved directly with the Stove’s project, and our festival delivery team.

Nithraid River Festival​ is an annual event celebrating Dumfries’ relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, instead of holding our festival on the Mill Green, we will be hosting an extended celebration of the River Nith across our online platforms, as well as focusing on the production of our 2021 Festival.

This year, we’re looking to work with​ a mentee in the redesign; build and installation​ of our Salty Coo launch mechanism. In consultation with local artist, Cara McNaught, we are exploring both a re-interpretation of the mechanism’s inner workings in order to launch the Salty Coo into our river Nith as well as up-cycling many of the unused materials into a musical instrument, that can be placed on site for our 2021 festival.

Alongside this, we are seeking ​a mentee interested in sound design, sound production, musical composition and instrumentation​, working with local musician and producer, Jenna Macrory, in composing, recording and producing an immersive soundscape, using the fabricated musical instrument in an innovative and exciting way.

The mentorships

These mentorships are available to young people between the ages of 18 and 25, and has been supported by The Holywood Trust to benefit young persons within this age group.

Production

Working alongside local creative producor, Cara McNaught, the mentee will help to redesign and construct our Salty Coo launch mechanism, as well as upcycling the unused materials into a musical instrument.

The mentee will learn first-hand how to construct, build, up-cycle and design the mechanism, learning and applying foundational skills in joinery, carpentry and product design as well as working to brief. This mentorship will suit a young person interested in up-cycling and repair, product design, joinery and carpentry, who enjoy a ‘hands-on’ approach to building and design.

Production Mentorship Fee: £250
Time required: 5 Days (35 hours total)

Soundscape Composition

Working alongside professional musician and composer, Jenna Macrory, the mentee will feed into the musical element of the launch mechanism’s redesign, as well as help to construct, compose, record and produce an immersive soundscape. This mentorship will suit a young person interested in musical composition, sound design and musicianship.

Soundscape Composition Mentorship: £250
Time required: 5 Days (35 hours total)

 

To Apply

To apply for one of the commissions, we ask that you submit an expression of interest. This should include:

  • A short introduction (max. 250 words) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity
  • A current CV

Please send an email to [email protected] with a maximum file size of 10MB. Video files should be provided as a web link.
The deadline for submitting your expression of interest is 5pm, Thursday 13th August. 

We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements or have questions about this opportunity, please get in touch with
Sal Cuddihy via [email protected] or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm).

For more information on our previous Nithraid festivals, please visit www.thestove.org/nithraid.

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Artists & Community Landowners Commission Opportunities



Artists and Community Landowners telling the stories of Scotland’s land in the hands of local people. 
Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachdag innse mu fhearainn Alba ann an làmhan na coimhearsnachd 
 
Overview 
Sealladh Aithghearr 
Working with Community Land Scotland and local Community Trusts, Abriachan Forest Trust near Inverness and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on the Isle of Lewis, Artists and Community Landownership is a project with The Stove Network that brings artists and community landowners together to tell their stories through three separate commission opportunities. What inspired them to act, how they got to where they are now, what challenges and surprises they faced along the way and the effect it has had on their place, people and environment.  
The project aims to raise awareness of community landownership both to communities and to Scotland by taking new approaches to telling the stories of post purchase community landowners, and the wider story of community ownership across Scotland through three Artists Commissions: two directly with community landowners and one with Community Land Scotland through a “Stories of Radical Landownership” commission that will focus on the journeys of another four communities. Together Artists and Community Landowners will explore the themes of how we manage our local environments, who decides, and how we can collectively act. 
Ag obair le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba agus le urrasan coimhearsnachd ionadail, Urras Choille Obar Itheachain faisg air Inbhir Nis agus Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn air Eilean Leòdhais, ’s e pròiseact bhon Stove Network a th’ ann an ‘Luchd-ealain agus Sealbhadaireachd Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir luchd-ealain agus luchd-seilbh còmhla gus sgeulachdan innse tro trì dhiofar chothroman coimiseanaidh. Dè thug orra toiseach-tòiseachaidh a dhèanamh, mar a ràinig iad far a bheil iad a-nis, na cnapan-starra agus duilgheadasan a tha air a bhith aca air an t-slighe agus a’ bhuaidh a thug e air an àite, na daoine agus an àrainneachd. 
Tha am pròiseact seo airson aire a thogail mu shealbhadaireachd fearann coimhearsnachd, an dà chuid do choimhearsnachdan agus do dh’Alba, le bhith a’ coimhead air dòighean ùra sgeulachdan nan luchd-seilbh innse, a’ toirt a-steach Alba air fad cuideachd. Thèid seo a dhèanamh tro trì dhiofar choimiseanan luchd-ealain:  dhà le luchd-seilbh fearann coimhearsnachd agus aon le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba tro choimisean ‘Sgeulachdan mu Shealbhadaireachd Radaigeach air Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir sùil air na slighean a ghabh ceithir coimhearsnachdan eile. Còmhla, coimheadaidh ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ air mar a bhios sinn a’ stiùireadh ar n-àrainneachd ionadail, cò bhios a’ tighinn gu co-dhùnaidhean agus mar a dh’obraicheas sinn uile còmhla.  
 
Download Artists and Community Landowners brief here.
Download “Stories of Radical Landownership” brief here.
Download Info on Criteria and Working here.
Download Partners and Participants Info here.
 
‘Aig Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn tha Gàidhlig gu mòr aig cridhe ar n-obair. Às aonais choimhearsnachd cha bhiodh cànan ann agus tha e na phrìomhachas dhuinn Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh agus a leasachadh ann an iomadach diofar seadh, mar dhìleab a tha ceangailte ri gach prìomhachas agus a bhios faicsinneach agus follaiseach anns gach rud a nì sinn sa choimhearsnachd.’ 
 Shona Nic a’ Mhaoilein, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 
At Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Gaelic is very much at the heart of what we do. Without community there is no language and it is a priority of ours to encourage and develop the use of Gaelic in many different settings as a fully visible legacy tied to every strategic outcome and every aspect of our community work.’ 
– Shona Macmillan, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 
 
The Stove Network  
The Stove is an arts and community organisation based in the centre of Dumfries in South West Scotland. It is a successful social enterprise, and the first artist-led Development Trust in Scotland, providing regular employment for 25 people with a turnover of £500 000+1. Our kitchen-table style of practice and developing work is one based on the values of risk-taking, collaboration, emotional openness, empowerment, positive disruptive change, innovation and inclusion. We are committed to finding locally-led solutions as part of our place and community.  
Our practice is one that engages artists and creative people to co-develop work from regular conversational activity into large-scale strategic projects. It is a process-led practice that uses creative activity to facilitate community-led development, projects and decision-making grown from a foundation in community engagement. It is a multi-disciplinary practice working with artists and other creative practitioners, individuals and groups, organisational partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to deliver a program of regular activity alongside large-scale participatory arts projects. 
 
Community Land Scotland 
Community Land Scotland is the representative body for Scotland’s aspiring and post-purchase community landowners. They promote the sustainable development benefits of community landownership and work with communities to support and encourage community ownership of land and buildings throughout Scotland.  
Their VISION is of more communities reaping the benefits of community landownership and promoting a socially just Scotland through community landownership. Together their members are own some 560,000 acres of land, home to some 25,000 people. 
#LandReform
#CreativityMatters

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Artists & Community Landowners Commission Opportunities


Artists and Community Landowners telling the stories of Scotland’s land in the hands of local people. 

Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachdag innse mu fhearainn Alba ann an làmhan na coimhearsnachd 

Overview 

Sealladh Aithghearr 

The Stove is looking for artists to work with Community Land Scotland and local Community Trusts, Abriachan Forest Trust near Inverness and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on the Isle of Lewis, through a project Artists and Community Landowners. The project will bring artists and community landowners together through three separate commission opportunities for artists to work collaboratively with these communities over a period of four months finding creative and active ways to hear, learn and share their stories. What inspired them to act, how did they get to where they are now, what challenges and surprises they faced along the way and the effect it has had on their place, people and environment.

Artists and Community Landowners aims to raise awareness of community landownership both to communities and to Scotland by taking new approaches to telling the stories of post purchase community landowners, and the wider story of community ownership across Scotland through three Artists Commissions: two directly with community landowners and one with Community Land Scotland through a “Stories of Radical Landownership” commission that will focus on the journeys of another four communities. Together Artists and Community Landowners will explore the themes of how we manage our local environments, who decides, and how we can collectively act. 

Tha The Stove a’ sireadh luchd-ealain gus obrachadh còmhla ri Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba agus urrasan coimhearsnachd ionadail, Urras Choille Obar Itheachain faisg air Inbhir Nis agus Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn air Eilean Leòdhais, tro phròiseict air a bheil ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’. Tha am pròiseact ag amas air luchd-ealain agus luchd-seilbh a thoirt còmhla tro trì dhiofar chothroman coimiseanaidh a mhaireas ceithir mìosan, a’ lorg dhòighean chruthachail agus bheòthail air na sgeulachdan aca ionnsachadh agus a thoirt gu aire an t-sluaigh.

Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd seo airson aire a thogail mu shealbhadaireachd fearann coimhearsnachd, an dà chuid do choimhearsnachdan agus do dh’Alba, le bhith a’ coimhead air dòighean ùra sgeulachdan nan luchd-seilbh innse, a’ toirt a-steach Alba air fad cuideachd. Thèid seo a dhèanamh tro trì dhiofar choimiseanan luchd-ealain:  dhà le luchd-seilbh fearann coimhearsnachd agus aon le Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba tro choimisean ‘Sgeulachdan mu Shealbhadaireachd Radaigeach air Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ a bheir sùil air na slighean a ghabh ceithir coimhearsnachdan eile. Còmhla, coimheadaidh ‘Luchd-ealain agus Luchd-seilbh Fearann Coimhearsnachd’ air mar a bhios sinn a’ stiùireadh ar n-àrainneachd ionadail, cò bhios a’ tighinn gu co-dhùnaidhean agus mar a dh’obraicheas sinn uile còmhla.  

 

Download Artists and Community Landowners brief here.

Download “Stories of Radical Landownership” brief here.

Download Info on Criteria and Working here.

Download Partners and Participants Info here.

 

‘Aig Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn tha Gàidhlig gu mòr aig cridhe ar n-obair. Às aonais choimhearsnachd cha bhiodh cànan ann agus tha e na phrìomhachas dhuinn Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh agus a leasachadh ann an iomadach diofar seadh, mar dhìleab a tha ceangailte ri gach prìomhachas agus a bhios faicsinneach agus follaiseach anns gach rud a nì sinn sa choimhearsnachd.’ 

 Shona Nic a’ Mhaoilein, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 

At Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Gaelic is very much at the heart of what we do. Without community there is no language and it is a priority of ours to encourage and develop the use of Gaelic in many different settings as a fully visible legacy tied to every strategic outcome and every aspect of our community work.’ 

– Shona Macmillan, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 

 

The Stove Network  

The Stove is an arts and community organisation based in the centre of Dumfries in South West Scotland. It is a successful social enterprise, and the first artist-led Development Trust in Scotland, providing regular employment for 25 people with a turnover of £500 000+1. Our kitchen-table style of practice and developing work is one based on the values of risk-taking, collaboration, emotional openness, empowerment, positive disruptive change, innovation and inclusion. We are committed to finding locally-led solutions as part of our place and community.  

Our practice is one that engages artists and creative people to co-develop work from regular conversational activity into large-scale strategic projects. It is a process-led practice that uses creative activity to facilitate community-led development, projects and decision-making grown from a foundation in community engagement. It is a multi-disciplinary practice working with artists and other creative practitioners, individuals and groups, organisational partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to deliver a program of regular activity alongside large-scale participatory arts projects. 

 

Community Land Scotland 

Community Land Scotland is the representative body for Scotland’s aspiring and post-purchase community landowners. They promote the sustainable development benefits of community landownership and work with communities to support and encourage community ownership of land and buildings throughout Scotland.  

Their VISION is of more communities reaping the benefits of community landownership and promoting a socially just Scotland through community landownership. Together their members are own some 560,000 acres of land, home to some 25,000 people. 

#LandReform
#CreativityMatters

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Opportunity: Nithraid Young Artist Commission

We are looking for an artist to create a structure or sculptural piece to support The Salty Coo* and an imaginative or playful way of releasing the Coo into the River Nith.
This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved directly with the event and festival delivery team, and will be supported by an experienced mentor artist who can provide practical support in realising your ideas.
*The Salty Coo is the central emblem of the Nithraid Festival, a sculpture created by artist Stan Bonner, coated in salt that is washed from the sculpture as it is released into the River. When Nithraid has been able to take place as a physical event, the Salty Coo is the focal point of the festival procession and is carried through the town to the rivers edge. In previous years, the Cow Delivery Mechanism has been an elevated platform in the centre of the river, but for 2020 and future years, we would like to commission a new structure.
 

Nithraid River Festival is an annual event celebrating Dumfries’ relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, instead of holding our physical festival, we will be hosting an extended celebration of the River Nith across our online platforms.
This year our virtual festival will journey down the River Nith from its source near New Cumnock to the rivers mouth at Carsethorn; engaging with different towns, villages and communities along the way with a 3-month program of activities, artworks, literature, music, information sharing and story telling.
The work could be sited at a variety of points around the river, from the Mill Green, Whitesands, Devorguilla Bridge or the centre of the river – your proposal should create a spectacle for the Coo to be displayed, and then released into the river. We are open to playful and imaginative responses to the brief, and proposals should consider how the work would draw audiences to the festival site.
The selected artist will work with the Festival Manager, Lead Project Artist and an experienced local mentor to support your proposal and develop ambitious, but practical ideas within the available budget. The artist will be supported through skills development and peer learning as appropriate to their proposal, in line with government guidance regarding safe working practice regarding COVID19.
It is anticipated that for the 2020 edition of the festival, the commissioned work (alongside the Salty Coo) will be launched on site without a gathered audience, and will be documented for sharing to our online platforms. The work will then be stored for use again in future Nithraid festivals, when we are safely able to include members of the public.
We are mindful that this role is to be appointed during the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times throughout the duration of the role, the Stove will be following and adhering to all of the official Scottish Government guidance in relation to social distancing measures, safeguarding of individuals & groups and safe work practices.
Eligibility, Budget and Key Dates
Applications between the ages of 16–25 will be prioritised as has been created and funded to benefit young persons within this age group.
The role will commence on the 1stof July 2020, and artwork will be launched to signify the close of our virtual festival and summer programme on Sunday, 27thSeptember 2020.
The total fee for this role including materials is £1,000
We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, if you’d like to discuss any accessibility requirements or have questions about this opportunity, please get in touch with Sal Cuddihy via [email protected] or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm).
To Apply
Please send an email to  [email protected] with a maximum file size of 10MB with the following:

  • A proposal (max. 500 words) outlining how you would approach the commission
  • A current CV
  • Up to 3 examples of past work that you feel supports your application

The deadline for receiving submissions is 10pm on Monday 22nd June.
Interviews for the commissions will be held virtually on Friday 26th June. By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on this date.
We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you do not receive an email, please contact us again by email.

We are grateful for the support from the Holywood Trust in funding this role. 

 

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Opportunity: Nithraid Project Support Role


Nithraid River Festival is usually an annual event celebrating the town of Dumfries’s relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have decided to have an extended celebration of the Nith across our online platforms.  
Our aim is to engage with the public and create a platform resource for learning, sharing and creating.  
This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved directly with the event and festival delivery team to help make the festival more accessible to a younger audience. This year we will journey down the River Nith, from its source near New Cumnock to the Rivers end at Carsethorn, engaging with different towns, villages and communities along the way with a 3-month program of activities, artworks, literature, music, information sharing and story telling.  
We will deliver this programme across our social media platforms and develop the Nithraid website as a community resource with plans for collaborating with other organisations as well as online workshops, artworks and challenges with a focus on the River Nith as a connector and the wildlife that exists in and around the River. Nithraid Festival will commence on 1st of July and run to the end of September.
We are looking for the Project Support role to focus on engaging younger audiences and to contribute to the program of activity by targeting & collaborating with local youth groups. They will work closely (virtually), and be supported by the Festival Manager, Festival Marketing & Social Media Officer and festival Graphic Designer to get the widest range of experience in learning and skills development.  
Ideally applicants will have some previous marketing, social media and/or community engagement experience, be comfortable using computers and social media platforms and be aged 16 to 30. 
This post will commence on the 22nd June and finish on Wednesday 7th of October and will consist of a total of 24 Days or 1.5 days per week.  
We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, so if you’d like to discuss any accessibility requirements, or have questions about the opportunity in general, please get in touch with Sal Cuddihy via [email protected] or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm). 
We are mindful that this role is to be appointed during the Covid 19 pandemic. At all times throughout the duration of the work, the Stove will be following and adhering to all of the official Scottish Government Guidance in relation to Social distancing measures, safeguarding of individuals & groups and safe work practices. 
 
The total fee for this role is £1,800 (24 Days at £75 per day). 
To Apply:  
Please send an email to  [email protected]hestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB with the following: 

  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining how you would approach this commission. 
  • A current CV 
  • Up to 2 examples of past work that you feel supports your application  

The deadline for receiving submissions is 10pm on Sunday 14th June.   
Interviews for the commissions will be held virtually on Wednesday 17th June. By applying you are deemed to be making yourself available for interview on this date.  
 We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you do not receive an email, please contact us again  by email.  
 

We are grateful for the support from the Hollywood Trust in funding this role. 

 

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Some themes brought to the fore by COVID

Themes that The Stove have collectively been thinking about during the Lockdown and which we are proposing as areas of exploration for the commissions within the Atlas Pandemica: Maps to a Kinder World project.

 1. Decision-making 

What has been our experience of leadership? How has power in influence been balanced between local and centralised decision-making? What examples and lessons are there about how ordinary people and communities have played a part in influencing how we are coping with the pandemic in South West Scotland? What new relationships have been formed between the formal and informal networks around us? Maybe a research residency within Dumfries and Galloway Council? 

2. Stories 

COVID is something we will be talking about for many generations – what stories we tell and how we tell them is a vital role of culture and the arts in society. What are the stories relevant to life in a post-pandemic society? Who are the storytellers? What stories bare the most relevance for our locality? What are the myths/folklore we can rely upon to help instruct, warn and guide our lives through this? What do stories do? What functions do they fulfil and what ways can they be used now? 
 

3. Food 

Food is so much more than fuel – it is central to gestures of care and hospitality. Finding new ways to share food has renewed old relationships, maintained existing ones and created new ones. The reality of how our food supplies work and their production processes have never been more clearly revealed, or, the contrast with local food production and infrastructure – where next for how we nourish ourselves as a society? What are the possibilities in the local supply? How do we nurture a responsibility towards sustainability in the purchase of food? What is the ‘growing culture’ locally and how do we develop this?
  

4. Travel 

Cars have been off the roads and bikes and people have been on them. The distances that separate our communities, regions and communities suddenly seem similar to how they must have appeared a hundred years ago. Yet, public transport now seems dangerous and cars a protective bubble – does this herald a new era of even starker divisions between those who can afford to be safe and those who cannot…or is this an opportunity to rethink how we move about from first principles? 
Particularly in a region whose sparse population is geographically spread out, what do digital technologies mean to our ideas of distance and proximity? 
 

5. Communities 

Mobile communities, communities of interest, geographic communities, temporary communities…our separateness and connectivity as groups of people has been questioned, revealed, side-lined and speculated upon by COVID. Yet fundamentally our future has to work for all of us – what can an understanding of particular groups and their relationship to how the structures of our shared existence function tell us about how we re-organise ourselves from here. 
 
 

6. End of Life 

Funerals, grief, how people reach the end of their lives and the role of communities, families and the state. How we die, how our families and friends mark death, and how our society supports our passing. Mapping and understanding a culture of death. 

7. The Public Sphere 

What are public spaces for now? Do we still need town centres and public places to gather and express our commonality and our difference? What will activate public places now with traditional retail in even sharper decline? What uses can we find for newly empty buildings and other public places? How do we maintain social cohesion through the act of gathering in the aftermath of the pandemic? Can our public spaces be re-purposed in a time of time of social distance? 

8. Care 

COVID has shone a light on care in our society from care homes to hospitals, from public health to mental health from education to families. We have seen how deeply we depend on those who care in our society – what have we learned and where do we go from here? What a does a localized approach to care in our communities mean? What are the resources currently available and how does our society seek to nurture our wellbeing and engrain mental resilience in tackling the problems before us? 
 
 

9. Diversity and under-represented groups 

In times of extreme urgency, it is all too easy for the needs and opinions of the ‘majority’ to dominate. But if the voices of less represented groups are not heard now and heard with as much urgency as other voices, how do we hear those voices and their essential messages and build a future that celebrates diversity and difference?  
 

10. Hospitality 

Welcoming places and communities are crucial to economic industries like tourism – and much of our social code as a society is built around ancient principles of hospitality. How do we re-imagine hospitality in an age when people entering a place or group potentially bring a health risk with them or put themselves at risk by travelling. Has this traditional behaviour found new meanings and value in a time of crisis? 
 

11. Nature and the natural world 

Awareness and appreciation of the natural world has been one of the universal experiences of COVID. What new understandings have been revealed about our relationship to the natural world, when it can both support and endanger us. 
We have seen unprecedented reductions in carbon emissions and immediate impacts in the environment around us. Possible themes of preservation, resource, healing and the boundaries of the human and non-human world. How do we embed this new learning in our common future?  
 

12. Creativity – creative structures and processes 

What is the role of creativity in times of crisis? What are the implications of COVID for creative practice? What will be the future function of our cultural buildings? What part can creativity play in the new world and communities that we are all making together? 
 
 

13. Relational vs Transactional systems 

To date, the world we have all shared has been overwhelmingly been based on the logic of transactions – attributing monetary value to things and then exchanging, goods, services etc on that basis. COVID has exposed the fundamental importance of the way things make us feel – how we relate to each other and the world around us. Could we strike a new balance between the relational and the transactional in a new future? 
 

14. Enterprise and localised economy 

As we emerge from lockdown it is likely that many, many people will find themselves newly unemployed. There will be newly empty premises and many people will be forced to move home. What are the opportunities and ideas for creating the conditions for new initiatives, projects and businesses to start? As a region can we create a new economy based on our local assets – one that retains prosperity locally and forges a new relationship with urban centres and countries?