On Tuesday 7th May, local creative people from Dunblane came together at Dunblane Library to share ideas of how local artists could come together to re-energise creative projects in their area. This is the third time this group have come together at the library and, as ever, we’re grateful to Angela Seaton and the library team for having us there.
There’s a real appetite for coming together to organise events where artists can sell their work and share their practice, across artforms. As a group (of which everyone is welcome…) we’re considering a ‘farmers-market’ style, creative event in September. As we were chatting, we explored some of the nuts-and-bolts of this, but mostly, we thought about why we wanted to develop an event together, who might want to get involved and why. We also thought about how we connect what we do with other people in Dunblane, particularly because some of us haven’t been in the local area for very long. The meet-ups are a really nice, informal way to find out more about your fellow creatives, or creatively-curious!
We talked a lot tonight about the process that makers go through to create things, and about the skill and satisfaction of working through ideas – an event would be an opportunity to showcase the fruits of such labour, but sharing the experience of making as part of an event was something we were all keen to explore.
Beyond this, we shared some of the events we knew were upcoming and signposted each other to projects we thought each other might be interested in. Fiona (https://blaeberryriverart.com) brought snacks too, which is always welcome! Two things that we know others will also be interested in is the upcoming Forth Valley ArtBeat, 8 – 16thJune https://forthvalleyartbeat.comand the Stirling Culture Symposium, Engine Shed on 23rdMay https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stirlings-culture-symposium-tickets-58712840687
If you want to find out about what’s happening in Dunblane, or want to come along to one of our library sessions, please let us know, you’d be more than welcome!
Contact Ruth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.