Calling all makers, artists, designers, crafters, creators, independent businesses, street food vendors, and artisan food and drinks producers. Applications are now open for The Guild's Dumfries Makers Market on December 2nd from 12 noon until 7pm, as part of the Christmas Lights Switch On.
The Guild are working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, Moat Brae and other organisations to bring a spectacular Christmas experience to the streets of Dumfries. Celebrating the Year of Young People and the forthcoming launch of Moat Brae next year, the Makers Market will be taking over the High street from Queensberry Square to Burns Statue.
Want to become a trader and be part of it? The Guild would love to hear from you.
Applications must be submitted by midnight on the 19th October.
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DGU and Upland are joining forces to offer 1:1 advice sessions this month in Moffat and Stranraer.
These sessions are open to creative practitioners seeking advice on their practice, and to businesses looking to get involved with Upland, Spring Fling or the D&G creative sector in general.
1:1 slots are 30 minutes each (maximum) and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.
For more info and to book your slot please email: email@example.com.
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Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Regional Events Growth Fund is now open for applications.
As part of their strategy for supporting festivals and events in the region, the council has opened a regional events growth fund. The purpose of this fund is to help smaller scale events to grow and develop.
To qualify to apply to become a Regional Growth Event, an event must have:
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 26th October 2018.
Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are recruiting a Graduate to work within their Arts and Museum service, to assist with the development and delivery of a new Cultural Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.
This Graduate post is offered on a temporary basis for a period of 8 months, during which the successful will take ownership of tasks such as drawing up the engagement plan to inform the Cultural Strategy content, developing and delivering a robust communications plan for the strategy development process and providing hands on support for key initiatives including the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light.
Closing date for applications is 20th September 2018.
Find out more from My Job Scotland.
2018 will see the first annual Dumfries and Galloway Youth Awards take place, sponsored by The Crichton Trust.
The awards will mark the official closing event for 2018 Year of Young People in Dumfries and Galloway, and are being held to recognise and celebrate the involvement, dedication and incredible achievements of young people across Dumfries and Galloway.
2018 is the Scottish Government’s theme year for the Year of Young People, and in honour of this momentous year, the award categories have been founded upon the Year’s key themes. The awards will become an annual event as part of the legacy of Year of Young People
The award categories are:
Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway’s Young People’s Champion said “The Dumfries and Galloway Youth Awards will provide us with a regional platform to celebrate our young people’s achievements, share their experiences and to showcase their amazing talents. If you know of any inspirational young people who deserve recognition for their outstanding dedication, I would urge you to nominate them.”
The Awards evening is sponsored by The Crichton Trust and will be held in Easterbrook Hall, on Thursday the 6th of December. The evening promises to be an excellent celebration of the successes and achievements of young people, with exciting entertainment by local young people and of course the main awards ceremony.
Nominations are open now. Visit www.yoypdg.co.uk to find out more and to nominate someone for an award. Entries are open to any young person aged 12 to 25 who lives, volunteers or learns in Dumfries and Galloway.
Entries close on Monday 22nd October.
The Scottish branch of the Labour party has written to Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop to demand an independent root and branch review of Creative Scotland and its management structures.
The call follows a series of controversial funding decisions in January which led to the resignation of several board members in protest and the eventual decision of chief executive Janet Archer to step down.
Scottish Labour have also accused Creative Scotland of falling “well below the standard” expected of it as a non-departmental public body and for damaging the confidence of artists and arts organisations in Scotland.
Day of the Region returns to Dumfries and Galloway this month, with an exciting and varied programme of free events and activities organised by communities across the region.
Activities this year include live music, a fun run, village tug-of-war, an outdoor film screening, an LGBT Pride celebration, community BBQs, circus skills workshops and crafting demonstrations.
There will also be a big increase in activities for young people this year to celebrate ‘2018 Year of Young People’. A number of youth theatre groups will also take part to create links across the region and showcase their talents.
Day of the Region provides an important opportunity to celebrate and animate rural communities in Dumfries and Galloway and gives vital support to local ‘grassroots’ and community-led initiatives. The event is a strategic project by Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) and has been delivered in the region every year since 2011.
These events are free to attend and participate in, so everyone can get involved in their local celebrations or take an opportunity to visit a neighbouring community.
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The next deadline for applications to the Holywood Trust is October 1st 2018.
The Trust is currently receiving a higher than normal number of applications. If you are planning to make an application to the Trust for a grant over £2,500 the next deadline date is Monday 1st October 2018.
If your application is selected it will go to a Trustees meeting in January 2019 or March/April 2019 depending on demand. Applications under £2,500.00 or for individuals can be submitted at any time but can take 4 to 6 weeks to be processed.
Contact the Holywood Trust for further information.
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.
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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.
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