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Friday, March 29, 2013

After the Fresh Start Open Sessions..

Thanks to all those who took part in this week’s lively Fresh Start discussions at the CatStrand and Newton Stewart Library. In both cases Peter Stark OBE presented some initial ideas on the ways in which the D&G arts sector can build on its strengths, work on weaknesses and thrive in the years ahead.

Peter Stark OBE - 'excited at the potential he is finding in D&G'
 Peter paid tribute to the work the sector has done over the last two years to reinvent itself. This has created a solid platform for a new approach to the arts in the region that can match ambitions and aspirations to the realities of a rapidly changing world. Dumfries and Galloway is now in a position to respond successfully to the changes taking place at council level, and tectonic shifts within Creative Scotland.
One of the rewarding aspects of the meetings was the wide range of voices and perspectives, with participation from artists, venues, voluntary organisations and many others. As time at the meetings was necessarily limited we are now looking forward to further feedback from those who came along – in fact the first email arrived within hours.
For those who could not get to the first sessions, two more have now been organised. They will take place on Thursday, 11 April, at Moffat Old Well Theatre at 10.30am and at The Stove, Dumfries, at 2.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Also this week the Fresh Start for the Arts project has published two adverts. The first is for a web designer to help create the web portal that will be one of the legacies of Fresh Start and a key resource for all connected with the arts in D+G. The second is for four support workers, one from each Hub area, to assist in gathering the core information about arts activity for a cultural map of D+G.

Further info on these opportunities:

If you would like further information about anything connected with Fresh Start please email Matthew Shelley at or call 07786 704299.

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