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ArtWorks Scotland

ArtWorks Scotland

The ArtWorks Scotland forum for practice development

The ArtWorks Scotland (AWS) forum for practice development is a strategic network for participatory arts and creative learning in Scotland. The forum provides a platform for increased connectivity, practice and skills development and links to the UK wide ArtWorks Alliance. The membership is made up of organisations, HE and FE providers and artist’s networks who are:

  • actively involved in supporting artists to develop their practice with people
  • able to contribute strategically to building a community of practice
  • can disseminate information to their own membership or network

The AWS forum meets quarterly, at various locations across Scotland developing the agenda with meeting hosts.

To find out more about the forum contact Chrissie Ruckley at Creative Scotland: chrissie.ruckley@creativescotland.com

ArtWorks Alliance

ArtWorks Alliance is made up of organisations and individuals with strategic interests in participatory arts, including community arts, socially engaged arts, voluntary arts and arts in education and learning from across the UK. The vision of ArtWorks Alliance is: better participatory arts work. With values which embrace collective support through collaborative action. The objectives are to:

  • Build a strategic, partnership network with a leadership model that encourages decisive, collective action
  • Enable partners in the network to come together to create and run strategic activities
  • Enable partners and others to share ideas and deep thinking, and to influence the arts and non-arts sectors

The ArtWorks Fellowship

Under the previous Paul Hamlyn Foundation, ArtWorks Special Initiative, ArtWorks London, led by Alliance partner Barbican Guildhall, tested a bespoke Fellowship scheme to support an established artist working in participatory arts to design their own professional development and make a mutual learning journey with a 'host' organisation. They subsequently worked with Baltic, Literature Wales and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland on three more Fellowships. The Fellowship model supports a six month to year-long opportunity for organisation and artist partnerships to develop their knowledge, experience and practice in participatory arts and creative learning. The Fellowship includes:

  • a financial grant of £2000 to be spent on the artist’s professional development (with a £500 contribution from the ‘host’ organisation)
  • a two-day induction
  • six mentoring sessions for the lead organisational staff member and milestone conversations with the CEO
  • a LAB - open experimental space
  • a bespoke professional development journey for the artist

The ArtWorks Fellowship is now being piloted with 5 artist and organisation partnerships in Scotland. Each artist has an inquiry question which guides the Fellowship journey.

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