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Shemaa Abdullah: Art has made me brave

After taking in part in a CashBack for Creativity programme, Sheema Abdullah went on to pursue her vision for a youth group which would be a safe space for young refugees.

24 June 2019

Ten must-see events at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2019

With more than 170 gigs taking place from 12 - 21 July, choosing just ten events from this year's Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival programme was never going to be an easy feat. We knuckled down though, and *somehow* we've picked some must-sees.

18 June 2019

Reflecting on Create Syria ahead of Refugee Festival Scotland

Creative Scotland is developing its work for, by and with refugees and migrants in Scotland. Earlier this year, in partnership with British Council, a delegation from Scottish Refugee Council, Counterpoints Arts and CCA were invited on a see and learn visit to Create Syria in Beirut.

10 June 2019

CYMERA - Scotland's festival of science fiction, fantasy and horror - kicks off in Edinburgh

Settle in for a big event, genre fans: the inaugural Cymera Festival of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing is taking place from 7-9 June 2019 in Edinburgh.

5 June 2019

Songs to End Homelessness: How music can help transform lives

Songs to End Homelessness from Ensemble and Loretto Care brings professional musicians together with young people, many of which have experienced homelessness, asylum or mental health issues.

5 June 2019

Get to know... NEoN

Find out more about NEoN - a digital arts festival, taking place in Dundee every November. NEoN is one of Creative Scotland's Regularly Funded Organisations for 2018-21.

23 May 2019

What to look out for at Look Again 2019

We've picked just a handful of commissions to keep an eye out for, as Look Again Festival 2019 festival unfolds.

21 May 2019

Pier Arts at 40: 'It’s a part of the cultural make-up of our islands'

In 2019, the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney turns 40. We caught up with Director Neil Firth to hear more about the centre’s past, the impact is has on the local community and what the future looks like.

16 May 2019

Joining forces: Spring Fling x Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

This year, the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (DGAF) and Spring Fling Open Studios festival have teamed up to offer an arts and cultural extravaganza with 200 high-quality events, activities and performances all across the the region in May and early June (2019).

16 May 2019

Everything you need to know about Hungry Ghost Engines

In 2018, the exhibition Hungry Ghost Engines took place at CASO in Osaka, Japan in October. It was developed by two artists: Arabella Hope and Silas Parry.

3 May 2019

Helping regularly funded organisations tackle climate change

From double glazing and thermal curtains to smarter travel and forming Green Teams, this guest post by Creative Carbon Scotland explores some of the ways in which the 121 organisations in our Regular Funding Network 2018-21 are working to reduce their carbon footprints.

31 January 2019

Martin O'Connor: Change anything that makes it better to play

Theatre maker and participatory artist Martin O'Connor reflects on ideas of risk and play inspired by the latest Creative Learning event from Creative Scotland. Tassos Stevens from Coney invites to play a series of games that asks us to question our own sense of playfulness, participation and rule-making.

28 January 2019

Imaginate's Paul Fitzpatrick: How IPAY put the spotlight on Scotland's work for young audiences

Imaginate's Chief Executive Paul Fitzpatrick reflects on the power of the Scottish presence at IPAY 2019 - the International Performing Arts for Youth showcase event in Philadelphia.

25 January 2019

Help us investigate radical approaches to childcare for creatives

We're inviting representatives from the arts and creative industries in Scotland to join us on a fully-funded research trip to Birmingham in April 2019 to explore innovative solutions to flexible childcare.

18 January 2019

Power in culture and the arts part two: Martin O’Connor reflects on new approaches in shifting the power balances

In November, our Creative Learning team hosted a professional development event in Perth, with Henrietta Imoreh and Liz Moreton from Battersea Arts Centre, who discussed how shifting power could have a profound effect on participants and organisations. Martin O'Connor reflects on the event.

7 January 2019

Who knows what's going to happen? Martin O'Connor learns how to take a risk in participatory arts

Writer and theatre maker Martin O’Connor reflects on ideas of risk and play inspired by the December’s Creative Learning event from Creative Scotland.

7 January 2019

Power in culture and the arts part one: Playwright Martin O'Connor reflects on writer Chrissie Tiller's teachings

In November, our Creative Learning team hosted a professional development event in Perth, with renowned writer, thinker, teacher and advisor Chrissie Tiller. The day was all about power. Power in the arts, power in culture, and the way that power operates in the world. In this guest blog, playwright Martin O’Connor reflects on what Tiller shared at the event, and what participants were left to take away.

28 November 2018

Reflecting on IETM: the international network for contemporary performing arts

Vanessa Boyd, Interdisciplinary Performance Officer and Emili Astrom, Dance Officer at Creative Scotland, reflect on the IETM Plenary Meeting, held in Munich 1-4 November 2018.

15 November 2018

Transposition take two: Scotland and Denmark's cultural exchange for young people

In October 2018, eight members of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Advisory Group participated in the second half of their cultural exchange, called Transposition, with the Taenketank for Ungekultur (TUK) from Denmark. Here's what happened.

13 November 2018

5 Top Tips for Creative Carbon Management

To help mark Climate Week Scotland we asked Creative Carbon Scotland to share a few top tips for cultural organisations wanting to reduce their environmental impact.

1 October 2018