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Sensing Place Artist Commission

Are you an artist or filmmaker interested in storytelling and with a commitment to working with community participants?

Sensing Place was founded by creative producers Andrew Ormston (Drew Wylie Projects) and Shona Thomson (A Kind of Seeing) to pioneer projects that deliver new models of cultural participation opportunities to people in locations with reduced cultural infrastructure and capacity. Our work is guided by our experience of developing and delivering major events that bring together film, archives, local heritage, artists and community participation in places that are perceived as being remote and/or rural.

Sensing Place is a process driven project that aims to establish new approaches to arts and screen based development in rural locations. It is piloting an action research based method that brings local communities into creative and curatorial processes as equal partners. We assemble creative teams to work with the local stories preserved in screen archives and storytelling traditions as a pre-cursor to establishing community driven cultural events and activities.

Sensing Place outputs derive from the co-designed process involving artist, community and curator/researcher. Outputs fall into three categories:

1. Promoted events and activities that arise from the work of the team and delivered with local event partners
2. Local capacity established to provide partnership opportunities for cultural organisations and promoters
3. Process logs, learning and tools to support future developments, including:

        -Online/social media forum for remote/rural cultural participation models
        -Comprehensive documentation of action-based research activity carried out
        -Presentations and film material devised as part of the project

We are working with a range of national and local partners to develop a pilot programme for 2016 in three adjacent areas: the Scottish Borders; Dumfries & Galloway; and East Ayrshire. The national partners are Film Hub Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland, National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS). The project is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and is part of BFI Britain on Film: bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film.

Download the full brief here

Location: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, Scottish Borders

For further information, please contact [email protected] (Andrew Ormston/Shona Thomson),

The deadline is Monday 11 July 2016 at 09:00.