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Welcome to the February Newsletter
With so much going on, we have another bumper edition!
Please remember to send me updates for the next Newsletter and Senscot bulletins and remember you can post events and jobs on the Senscot website.

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Local & Cultural SE Co-ordinator
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CCSEN Update

I attended the Scottish Government Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism EU stakeholder roundtable. Hearing from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations, the session focussed on the priorities for the culture, creative and tourism sectors in relation to Scotland’s relationship with the EU.
 Attendees were asked to consider the following two questions:
  • What impact has the vote to leave the EU had on your sector, and what has your initial response to this been?
  • What are the key characteristics of a differentiated approach to Brexit (as set out in Scotland’s Place in Europe) for the Scottish culture and tourism sectors and what are your main priorities that you would like to see the Scottish Government advocate?
Despite the variety of organisations in the room there was consensus over the main concerns.  Issues included effects on collaboration with member states, development of new legislation, that focus should be on unskilled labour as well as skilled, and the need to be cohesive as a sector.
Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act came into force in January- introducing a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and other public bodies, for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. COSS (Community Ownership Support Service) have produced this short animated guide.

Mary, Senscot’s Health and Community Food Co-ordinator,  is organising a Community Learning Exchange visit to Centrestage Music Theatre CIC , on Wednesday 29th March, to learn about their distinct approach to dignified food provision.  The recent What Works Scotland’s research report outlines how they use food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and rebuild communities. If you would like more information or would like to join the visit contact Mary.
Creative Carbon Scotland are advertising for a Digital Communications Officer role

See here for overview of Participatory Budgeting.

Tourism & Heritage
The Grassmarket Community Project hosted a Tourism Learning Exchange last month.  Hearing from Jonny Kinross, Grassmarket Community Project, and Lynsey McLean, The Experience, the attendees learned about their tourism offers, how they have reviewed their business models to increase profit and how they balance delivering social impact while delivering a service to visitors.

Are business rates increases going to affect you?  The Scottish Tourism Alliance have written to the First Minister to outline their concerns about future sustainability of business in the tourism industry.

Fablevision Studios is producing a 72-page booklet on the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 [RWH] to coincide with the opening of the RWH Experience on Paisley High Street (scheduled for May-June, 2017). The publication will explore the background to this infamous episode in Paisley’s past; the move from an artisanal weaving tradition to industrialisation; the decline of the thread industry in the 1970s, and culminate in the town’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.
If you are social enterprise that operates in Paisley and wider Renfrewshire and would like to support this project by making a donation in exchange for an advertisement in the booklet, then please contact  for prices and technical specifications.
The Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 is an integral part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, so making a donation in this way will not only support the project concerned and give you the opportunity to advertise your products and/or services, it will contribute greatly to raising awareness of Paisley’s rich history, culture and amenities to tourists and residents alike in the run up to 2021.

The Scottish Parliament was the venue for the official unveiling of the Scottish Tourism Week 2017 Signature Programme, the 12th annual tourism week which brings a number of major industry events together under one programme.  This year’s Scottish Tourism Week has been built around the theme ‘The Future Beyond 2020’.  Tourism Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP said: “Scotland's tourism industry is going from strength to strength and our reputation is growing across the world.  This year's Scottish Tourism Week will help our industry look to the future; to look at how we can face challenges and make most of our opportunities”.
Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics have in fact shown that the number of people employed in the sector grew by 11% between 2014 and 2015.

Kilmartin Museum held a two-day symposium entitled Unfolding Argyll’s Archaeological Story last November.  They identified work undertaken in the area, knowledge gaps, ideas as to how we should fill those gaps and areas of shared research interest and have been working on producing an Archaeological Research Framework for Argyll. The research framework will be an ‘organic’ online resource for all to use and will feed into the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). They would like to give everyone the opportunity to review and contribute to the latest version of the Research Framework for Argyll. A copy of the document and further information are available here.
Sir Quentin Blake illustrated Kids In Museums Mini Manifesto – eight easy steps to help a museum welcome children and families.

Creative Industries

Several CCSEN members took part in a Creative Hubs Learning Exchange to Edinburgh this week.  Visiting Creative Edinburgh, Out of the Blue and Out of the Blueprint, and Edinburgh Palette, including their tenant Upward Mobility, the day focused on creative hub models, how they support the artists and community organisations in their area and potential partnership working.  Thank you to all involved, I certainly learned a lot and am keen to work with more Creative Hubs.  If there is a Community Learning Exchange that you would like to be part of or organise please get in touch.

I have been invited to join the Scottish Government Creative Industries Advisory Group- experts from across Scotland’s creative industries met for the first time this week to discuss how to make the sector stronger and enhance support.  A summary of the meeting is expected- I will report back in the next Newsletter.
Creative Scotland has awarded over £800,000 through the Open Project Fund in December 2016 to 36 recipients including CCSEN members Sense Scotland to deliver a year-long programme at their new Sense Scotland resource centre base
The Creative Industries Federation, a UK wide membership organisation for arts, creative industries and cultural education, have produced a paper- Brexit Report: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's arts, creative industries and cultural education - and what should be done.
The Tapestry of Renfrewshire will tell the story of the Old County of Renfrew created by, with and for local people / schools and groups.   Many people have been involved in the creation of their growing collection of beautifully stitched teardrops (which will be included in the final art work) and/or have contributed authentic Coats/Clark thread and yarn which will also be used in its creation.

New CCSEN member Cosmopolita Scotland ask ‘How will Trump and Brexit affect environmental sustainability?’ on their latest special issue "Challenges for Sustainable Development in a New Political Era"

CCSEN member, Silver Stag, sponsor various projects in Scotland to provide an opportunity for young people from socially difficult backgrounds to participate in projects in Eastern Europe as well as sponsoring a rice farm in Ghana which provides work for local women in a safe environment and giving them funds to start their own businesses. Fife golf are promoting the work Silver Stag do through a golf day at Crail on the 31st March.
The video of the last Parliamentary session for the Cross-Party Group on Culture is now available. The session focused on BBC Charter Renewal and quality drama production



Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) 2017 cultural programme of events.  For tickets to the launch party see here.
Moniack Mhor are hosting a concert by the tutors and guests at their songwriting course.  For tickets see here.
The Larder Cook School have a variety of events coming up over February and March including a Valentine Cook & Dine Evening, a Wine Tasting Evening with Tipsy Wines, an Italian Cookery Day, and a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea.  For more information call 01506 412 819.
Timespan- Making Museums: Place & Politics symposium + Helmsdale: Museum for a Day, 10th & 11th March 2017
STA Conference 2017, 15th – 23rd March
Active Inquiry Forum Theatre project, Spect-Act will be culminating in a one-day Festival at Out of the Blue on Saturday 20th May, Leith Moves project in partnership with Strange Town Young Company and Out of the Blue will culminate with promenade theatre performances in Out of the Blue from 22nd-24th June
The Findhorn Bay Festival will return Wednesday 26 - Sunday 30 September 2018.  For this and more news see here.

Opportunities & Tenders

ESIF Aspiring Communities Fund now open- £18.9m.  The Fund aims to help enable community groups and third sector organisations in our most deprived and fragile communities to develop and deliver long-term local solutions that address local priorities and needs; increase active inclusion; build on assets of local communities to reduce poverty; and enable inclusive growth.
Tomintoul & Glenlivet – Our Heritage, Tomintoul & Glenlivet Primary Schools.
Engraved path features 'Capelrig Way', East Renfrewshire Council
Path Art 'Capelrig Way', East Renfrewshire Council
Gateway Sculpture ‘Capelrig Way’, East Renfrewshire Council
Art installation ‘Capelrig Way’, East Renfrewshire Council
2017 STUC Union Rep Awards Films, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)
Short film about the Inner Forth landscape, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative
An Albanian photo studio company seeks a partner, Enterprise Europe Network Scotland
Media Buying Framework Agreement
CC7469 - Freelance Artist - Talkin' Aboot ma Past Media Project
Facilitation of an Illuminated Trail
CC7314 - Blackburn Partnership Centre Public Art Project
CC7236 - Youth Music Initiatives - Saturday Strings
Carron Works! Initiative
On Behalf of Arran Theatre and Arts Trust - Arts Co-ordinator



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