If you had a discussion with someone about Stirling’s creative identity in 5 years time, what would you like to hear them say? What will you say?
In 2018 Stirling became a Place Partnership area. This is a collaboration with Stirling’s Cultural Partnership, Creative Scotland and Stirling Council. The aim of Stirling’s Place Partnership is 3 fold (1) develop connections between the creative activity and people in Stirling (2) amplify this with local creative champions (3) stimulate new creative activity and partnerships to support grassroots, sustainable creativity in Stirling.
In May, we draw towards the end of our first year of Place Partnership activity. The culture symposium is an opportunity to share the experience of this first year. We invite you to join us to celebrate and explore Stirling’s creative identity: past, present and possible. Hosted by the Engine Shed (Historic Environment Scotland) and facilitated by representatives of Stirling’s Cultural Partnership, the symposium will be a participatory event that welcomes anyone who wants to work together towards Stirling’s sustainable and thriving creative identity.
Prior to the event we will be sharing key questions and themes via social media, and via email with those who sign up for the event. Our aim is that this stimulates discussion that we will continue throughout the symposium and beyond. We recognise that there is sometimes too much talk of what our cultural, creative and heritage sectors need, alongside action which sometimes happens in silo or is disconnected from this. The symposium aims to connect discussion and action, towards creative possibilities in Stirling, recognising the value of both and that each can be a stimulus for the other.
Through the action of attending the symposium, those who take part show that they want to work in and with Stirling, to support and celebrate creativity across its urban and rural areas. The day aims to celebrate Stirling’s past, present and possible by listening to each other’s stories, sharing our experiences and identifying ways in which we can contribute to Stirling’s creative identity. We will use this as the spring board to continue Stilring’s Place Partnership work; towards a creative Stirling that is represented by, and representative of, people’s creative identities and ambitions.
Now think forward 5 years, to your conversation about Stirling’s creative identity, and ask yourself ‘what will we do to get there?’.
This event is welcome to all. It may be of particular interest to artists and the creatively curious of Stirlingshire who want to connect what they do; policy makers; and, arts, culture and heritage organisaitons who are committed to working in collaboration in Stirling.
The framework for the day is as follows:
1000 – 1045 Registration
1100 – 1145 Welcome and Why: putting the cultural symposium in context
1145 – 1315 Lightening Talks and discussion: The spaces and places we make
1315 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1445 Lightening Talk and discussion: Connecting creativity in Stirling
1445 – 1545 Workshops
1545 – 1600 Performances
1600 – 1620 Plenary and planning forward
1620 – 1630 Closing
1630 – 1800 Drinks reception and reflection at 44 King St: the new creative hub on the high street
For further information about the Cultural Symposium, please contact Place Partnership Manager, Ruth Currie (firstname.lastname@example.org)