Three meetings were arranged with potential community partners identified by research and/or suggested by the national partners – one for each local authority area where Sensing Place is planned. Agreed role for each community partners:

  • Nominate a key project contact within the community
  • Input to artist selection process
  • Co-ordinate and participate in event creation programme
  • Project promotion to existing networks
  • Local partnership development
  • Host event activity with support from the project team
  • Contribute to research activity

9 May 2016: DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Hosted by: The Stove Network, Dumfries
In attendance:
Belle Doyle, Freelance Project Manager & South West Picture Show
Peter Roberts & Pete Garnett, Moniaive Festival Village
Martin O’Neill & Katherine Wheeler, The Stove Network
Apologies (met subsequently): Matt Kitson, Driftwood Cinema
Key themes identified: pressures on rural culture and life; cultural crossovers involving film; and cultural ‘wayfinding’; and challenges for local film archive activity.

19 May 2016: EAST AYRSHIRE
Hosted by: The Dick Institute, East Ayrshire Leisure, Kilmarnock
In attendance:
Phillipa MacInnes, Geraldine Greene & Stanley Sarsfield, East Ayrshire Leisure
Neill Patton, Link Up the North West, Homestart Ayrshire
Key themes identified: cross-generational working; a forward looking approach to use of archives;
and connecting North West Kilmarnock to the resources of the town.

3 June 2016: SCOTTISH BORDERS
Hosted by: Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, Hawick
In attendance:
Richard Ashrowan & Harriet Warman, Alchemy Film & Arts
Mary Morrison, CABN (Creative Arts Business Network)
Apologies: Susan Taylor, Heart of Hawick
Key themes identified: Intergenerational working; challenges in the collecting and archiving and usage of local film archive material; and the interface between community leadership and artistic leadership.

Another ‘Part 2’ is the update that we were successful in achieving funding from the BFI Britain on Film Programme for the screen-based events happening later in the year as part of the project.