The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its draft Culture Strategy for Scotland.
The draft Culture Strategy for Scotland builds on feedback gathered by the Scottish Government during the engagement phase. It sets out a Vision supported by a set of ambitions, aims and actions. The draft strategy commits to long term change through greater collaboration and integration across culture, communities and policy development to ensure that culture’s empowering and transformative power can be experienced by everyone.
The Scottish Government want to hear from you about whether you think the draft strategy presents a firm foundation for sustaining culture into the future. It also wants to hear about what you think success will look like for the strategy and how you are or can contribute to that success.
To read and respond to the consultation, visit the Scottish Government website.
You can also share your ideas about the strategy on Twitter by mentioning @culturescotgov and using the hastag #culturescot
The 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival will run from Friday 24th May to Sunday 2nd June.
Launched in 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland's largest rural multi-artform festival, featuring more than 170 artists performing at over 80 events in 42 venues across the region.
Find out more.
The Festival also invites applications from artists, venues and promoters based in, or with connections to, Dumfries and Galloway to apply to the Support for Ambition Scheme (SFA) for the Arts Festival 2019.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Gracefield Arts Centre, Tuesday 18th September, 1 to 3pm
Creative Scotland is coming to Dumfries as part of their VACMA roadshow offering advice on how to improve applications to the Visual Artist & Craft Maker Award (VACMA) scheme. These informal information sessions are designed for visual artists and craft practitioners interested in finding out more about VACMA, a national funding programme of small grants to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.
At the session, a representative from Upland and Creative Scotland will be available to answer any questions relating to the scheme. There will be a short presentation on the scheme from Creative Scotland and a previous bursary recipient followed by pre-booked 10 minute sessions.
This is a free event but booking is essential due to limited space. Individual advice sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Book via Eventbrite.
Find out more from Upland.
Applications for the Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award 2019 are now open.
The Next Chapter Award supports an emerging writer over the age of 40 yet to publish a full-length work for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging.
Developing a specific piece of work to publication standard will be the central aim of the award and applicants must demonstrate genuine potential for publication.
Find out more from the Scottish Book Trust.
DGU has two drop-ins during the weekend of 11th and 12th August.
On Saturday 11th August, from 12pm to 3pm, meet Maggie Broadley (Development Officer, East) and Cate Ross (Development Officer, West) at the Nithraid Village, Mill Green, Dumfries.
Pop along and have a chat with Maggie and Cate about any questions, including funding, collaborating with other artists, support and training, news and opportunities.
Find out more about Nithraid.
On Sunday 12th August, from 1pm to 4pm, meet Cate Ross (Development Officer, West) at the DGU stall behind the Whithorn Trust, George Street, Whithorn.
Find out more about Creative Whithorn.
Moat Brae are looking for new additions to their senior management team, to help bring alive the new Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae, Dumfries.
Moat Brae is recruiting for a new Centre Director and new Visitor and Commercial Services Manager. Successful candidates will have the imagination, drive and ambition to establish the operating standards and procedures necessary to open Moat Brae, and make it a key attraction for local people and national and international visitors alike, ensuring its future sustainability.
This is a chance to be in at the beginning of a new chapter of the story of this magical house and garden.
Find out more.