Around 150 artists and representatives of organisations from across Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland attended the day-long event at Greyfriars Church in Dumfries.
It explored a transformation in the region’s strategic arts leadership which empowers the creative sector to take a lead in its own affairs.
|Kenneth Fowler - see post on BBC website about the conference|
He added that the developments in D&G are being discussed across the country and seen as a model for the change – proving categorically that “special things can happen in all places”.
|Jim Tildesley - unveiled the plan for how ideas are developed, agreed and delivered in the new arts climate in D+G|
|The Revolutionary Blueprint - RC = Regional Convenor, AHC = Area Hub Covenor|
|Cathy Agnew spoke about the way the plan had come about through consultation, listening and the courage to be innovate|
|Graham Main was the MC for the Conference|
|Cate Ross -talked about her role as a mentor on the Youth Learning Journeys programme and showed a film made by young circus arts performer Alisdair Hullat|
|Richard Grieveson of Dumfries and Galloway Council talked about the way the Council is working effectively in partnership with the arts sector and supporting the sector to deliver the projects and organisations that it wants to see|
|Katie Anderson spoke about building a career as a visual artist in the region (including her role as one of The Commonty team)|
|Kelly Whiteside of the Emma Louise Dance Club|
|Glen Cavers of Centre Stage Theatre Company|
There’s a background document you can down load from our useful information section which explains what is happening and also a handy diagram of the new structure.
|Matt Baker gave an artists perspective of being part of the process of Fresh Start|
|An Open Space session explored questions raised by delegates in discussion groups|
|Jordan Chisholm of Electric Theatre Workshop told the story of her last year from getting involved with Electric Theatre to here new training on an Emerging Directors programme and her role as Homecoming Coordinator for Big Burns Supper|
|Our new Regional Arts Convenor, Kathleen O'Neill closed the formal proceeding for the day|
|Roberst Shields (Finding Albert) and Alex McQuiston played the conference out with a very beautiful rendition of one of Roberts songs|
One of the things that struck me was the change over the course of the day from 'D+G needs to shout more about what we are doing'.....to.....'D+G is open for business in the arts - come and be part of it!'. There were plenty of folk who had come from out with the region - curious to see what all the fuss was about.....safe to say they left pretty impressed and all us locals rubbed our eyes in amazement at all the talent we have in our midst.
A memorable day indeed - thanks go to everyone involved - but particularly Belle Doyle who was Conference Organiser and Abby Burn (PurpleBox Productions) who did all the lighting and presentation technology....respect all around
Also big up to Mr Colin Tennant for the brilliant photographs