With the majority of funding in place, we’re pressing on with progressing the project. Next steps are to check-in with the national partners and confirm the community partners who want to be involved in the project. This is a key point of communication as we agree the roles, available resources and objectives with our partners now that we have a clearer idea of what we can bring to them.
Meetings with National Partners throughout April and into May result in the development of a hugely supportive Working Group that is keen to be consulted on the project and interested in absorbing the research results into long-term strategic plans. Agreed roles include: working group consultation; specialist knowledge input; project promotion to existing networks; contribute to research activity.
12 April 2016: Robert Livingston, Director of Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) is interested in research around the ‘social experience’ of watching films. Encouraging the artists to explore the visual representation of a place/community, e.g. Caledonian MacBrayne’s CalMac Culture Screen initiative. High quality presentation of screen-based activities is a key priority for RSS by ensuring the infrastructure is available across the country and nurturing cross-sectoral collaborations, e.g. quality audiovisual equipment in small community museums.
18 April 2016: Donald Smith, Director of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) offers a place for the planned final Sensing Place Sharing Event in the programme of the 2016 Scottish International Storytelling Festival. With this year’s global theme of ‘Festival of Dreams’ and a Scotland-wide outreach programme around the idea of “the right to dream”, it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase the range of voices imagining/re-imagining place through storytelling and archive film as part of the project. Donald provides us with an extensive network of storyteller artists to be contacted about the project. And particular connections are made to the new TRACS initiative The People’s Parish: Inspiring Local Creativity of Place designed to: support communities to discover and rediscover a ‘sense of place’; to dig into the cultural memory and find the resources – stories, traditions, heritage, history – with which it can be expressed creatively.
18 April 2016: Ruth Washbrook, Moving Image and Sound Collections Manager, and Emily Munro, Learning & Outreach Officer, both at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive drew on previous archival projects to connect with learning outcomes for the communities and potentially young people involved, e.g. Digital Commonwealth. The Archive’s impending move to new premises at Kelvinhall will have an impact on project timings and enables presentation of packages curated by people and project teams like Sensing Place, and linking with World Audio Visual Heritage Day on 26 October.
4 May 2016: Sambrooke Scott, Manager, and Carolyn Mills, Co-ordinator, of Film Hub Scotland (FHS) confirmed an interest in building film culture through cross-artform relationships and were keen the artists explored issues around the question of who gets to tell the story and the avoidance of cultural appropriation. Encouraging confidence among new and existing community film screening groups is a key priority for FHS and how they can make a difference through training, funding and resources. It was agreed to co-host a workshop in Dumfries for exhibitors and potential Sensing Place participants as part of a regular FHS regional forum meeting during the Summer.