Tuesday, February 09, 2010


I promised an update on events in the New Year, and here it is, all the way into February.

Most of these are connected more with our work in our full time employed state, rather than anything freelance or independent, but Jackie and I thought they could well be of some interest to the readers of this blog.

So here they are, in roughly chronological order:

At UWS, we’re launching Ayrtime, on February 19th. This is a unique and elclectic series of events at funky new Bar Libertine in the heart of the town. This is the brainchild of fantastic (now ‘local’) artists Chris Dooks and Eleanor Thom. Ayrtime has an astonishingly interesting lineup, including alt-folk, astronomy and poetry, drones, travelling cinema, and edgy Glaswegian performance writing. Tickets are free courtesy of UWS and this is an important building block in our plan to engage much more thoroughly where we are, as we move towards the opening of our lovely new campus in 2011. If this works, expect more Ayrtime events (and podcasts) into 2011 and beyond.

There are two Arts and Health conferences coming up in Scotland, both of which Jackie has been involved in setting up (and at which she’ll also be speaking). The first is in Aberdeen on 24th February, and it's been organised by Grampian Hospital Arts Trust.

The second is in Glasgow on 23rd March, entitled 'Spaces In Between' which includes an interesting lineup of speakers including both Scottish Ministers for Health and Culture and Juan Bautista Peña and Inés Sanguinetti from Crear vale la pena in Argentina, alongside many others.

There’s also the Creative Choices Festival at the UWS Paisley campus on 9th March, at which the Sector Skills Council Creative and Cultural Skills will be launching their ‘Creative Choices’ careers advice portal in Scotland. Graham will be contributing to the conference and Jackie will be speaking at a workshop in the afternoon. The lineup has something for most tastes, including the launch of UWS' Scottish Video Games Archive, a talk from crime writer Christopher Brookmyre in the evening and a late night acoustic session from some talented UWS musicians in Caffe Luna to round off the day.

In March we begin a series of seminars exploring practice-led research at UWS. Plus some exciting PhD studentship opportunities, lectures, screenings and workshops, and work with CCA and Film City Glasgow. More details to come soon.

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