The eagle has landed

Wednesday August 3rd – the much-awaited portakabin is finally delivered by DGHP to the site on Dunlop Road!! A tangible sign of so much hope and investment of energy, creative thinking, hard work and love. Our vision from the start of the project has been to establish a permanent base within the community to work…

Spaces for connecting

“The focus of creative placemaking is to bring under-represented voices from the community into conversations about the future of the area in which they live, through active creative projects. To bring together people, communities, groups, and organisations, public, private and third sector agencies to develop common ground on community-led planning and enterprise.” Matt Baker of…

Tearing down and building up

From building demolition to a new stained glass construction group At the recent KnowOnePlace creative placemaking conference we were told in a keynote speech by Indy Johar that we need to de-materialise the world in order to survive as a species. The cost to the environment needs to be factored in to every decision and…

What does partnership mean?

In the latter stages of the first phase of our project we are learning some fundamental lessons in the meaning of partnership and the impact that a breakdown in trust can have on a community project. The condemned outdoor gallery 1 Imagine posters and large scale artworks made by residents telling their thoughts about living…

Cheerful thinking and lateral learning

May has been a more reflective month for our team after a series of pop-ups and a field trip. There is a lot to process and think about for the next stages of what we are doing. In the middle of the craziness of helping nine or ten young people make a coil pot, there…

The Dove and Blue Boat Window

Last week I went down to St Mary’s church in Wivenhoe, Essex where I used to live, to visit the freshly installed window which I made last year in Dumfries. It has been a long journey in more ways than one and the boat seems to symbolise the epic process of making the window. Starting…

Home and Away – Kicking the Can up the hill

We’ve now had two pop-ups in Lochside and a trip out to Taliesin near Castle Douglas. Both were great events and this blog is a reflective memory of those times. Towards the end of our time at Taliesin we all (most of us) played Kicking the Can which is a game for any number of…

The tent is made and our first pop-up has happened!

We are moving onwards with our project in Lochside – a tent has been commissioned and made and we have pitched it first in Auchencairn (to check it out) and then in Lochside for our first pop-up event, when upwards of 25 folk from the area came and made some art and ate some food…

Digging for treasure – the art of conversation

This feels like an interim time in our WWDN project, so a good time for some more reflections on what we are doing. As we await the outcome of planning permission to site our promised portacabin, it strikes me that our project is still largely hidden, a promise of things not yet delivered. But, like…

Whose art is this anyway?

A lot has happened in the past couple of months and a lot of questions have been asked and answered and some remain in that twilight zone of “working on it”… Art is like an idea which you can’t quite pin down but you know would be great if you ever could. And socially engaged…

Views from within – sharing spaces with local residents

While out saying Hello and leafletting in the flats, we knocked on David’s door and he kindly invited us into his top floor flat. David gets to look at an amazing view of hills and sunsets as often as he likes (or can). It’s the best flat he’s had he says and he has had…

What We Do Now in NW Dumfries, Scotland

In late July 2021 I joined the WWDN project with The Stove Network, Dumfries, as an artist working with the community of Dunlop Road in Lochside, NW Dumfries. This is the first blog documenting my work and impressions from the early establishing weeks/months. There will be more as the project develops… The project is part…