Sensing Place sparked out of conversations between creative producers Andrew Ormston and Shona Thomson during an industry panel at an audiences conference being held in Edinburgh, Scotland in March 2014.

Since then, momentum has gathered through a structured partnership approach to research and delivery culminating in the workshops and events that took place in New Galloway, Kilmarnock and Hawick at the end of 2016.
Sensing Place event photography by Lucy Parnell.

Project Team      National Partners       Community Partners       Artists       Funders

Project Team

Co-project lead Andrew Ormston founded Drew Wylie Projects to support organisations and people in the cultural and creative industries to work across disciplines, sectors, and national boundaries. He works as an expert for the European Union and Council of Europe and is a Critical Friend on Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme. Drew Wylie operates across Europe and the Middle East, and Andrew is committed to developing work that extends social and geographical participation in culture. Andrew is a Board member of NN Contemporary Art, SURF Scotland’s Regeneration Forum, and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.
Drew Wylie Projects / @drewwylieltd

Co-project lead Shona Thomson is an independent creative producer and curator developing and delivering commissions across cinema, live music and sound art with a focus on shared heritage.  Working under the banner of A Kind of Seeing, Shona’s projects are about celebrating the audience experience of engaging with cultural heritage through creativity in a communal accessible setting to develop understanding and ownership for the future.  Collaborators and clients include: BFI, Festivals Edinburgh, Centre for the Moving Image/Filmhouse, Falkirk Community Trust, Drew Wright, Jason Singh, Scottish Libraries Information Council, Glasgow Film, Unique Events, University of Edinburgh.
A Kind of Seeing / @urbantwitcher

Sensing Place Event Manager Emily Tryon is a producer based in Scotland and has worked across the media and events industry within TV, film and music over the past 11 years since graduating from a degree in Theatre, Film and Television. In 2015 Emily set up and now also runs a community cinema in Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway showcasing a range of films from small independents to latest release blockbusters. She is currently co-ordinating the immense programme of cultural activity taking place as part of the Moniaive Festival Village whilst facilitating workshops making films that bring the generations together.
Emily Tryon / @emilySOUP

National Partners

As part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, Film Hub Scotland is one of nine Hubs set up across the UK to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film.  Scottish exhibitors of all types are invited to join the FHS network and access a range of funding, training and networking opportunities.  Film Hub Scotland is led by Scottish Film which comprises Scotland’s key cultural cinemas and festivals: Centre for the Moving Image (Filmhouse, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Belmont Filmhouse), Dundee Contemporary Arts, Eden Court and Glasgow Film (Glasgow Film Theatre and Glasgow Film Festival).
Film Hub Scotland / @filmhubscotland

The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving image heritage, which is located in the historic Kelvin Hall in the west end of Glasgow. The National Library collects, preserves and promotes access to films capturing Scotland and her people, from the early days of filmmaking to the present day.  In the Moving Image Archive you will discover over 46,000 items including film cans, videotapes and digital files.  You can watch over 1,700 clips and full-length films from the collection on the Moving Image Archive catalogue. Visitors to Kelvin Hall can explore the National Library’s extensive digital resources including films, maps, books and manuscripts.
National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive / @scotsonscreen

Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) helps communities to enjoy great screen experiences by: providing advice and information on setting up local screen facilities; operating the Screen Machine mobile cinema; managing a grant aid fund for Local Film Festivals across Scotland; advocating for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities. RSS provides information, advice, contacts, and support to both individuals and organisations seeking either to start or to develop opportunities for cinema going in their communities. RSS is committed to helping to bring people together to share and enjoy exciting, high quality screening experiences, where they live.
Regional Screen Scotland / @regional_screen / @screen_machine

TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) was established in 2012 to bring together Scotland’s performance traditions – storytelling, music and dance – under a new umbrella. TRACS aims to encourage collaboration between these three art forms, share resources for effective promotion of Traditional Arts activities and to develop partnerships with other organisations that can benefit from our resources.
TRACS / @ScotStoryCentre

Community Partners

As a charitable organisation East Ayrshire Leisure’s main purpose is to deliver inspiring cultural, countryside, community and sport services and experiences to support East Ayrshire’s communities’ aspirations in a way that has a focus on ensuring equality of opportunity and access for all.
East Ayrshire Leisure / @EALeisure

Link Up the North West works with people and groups living in the North West Kilmarnock to develop community activities and bring people together.
Link Up the North West / @Linkupnorthwest

CatStrand is a contemporary performance and meeting space offering a varied music, arts, film and exhibition programme in New Galloway at the heart of the Glenkens community. The venue also provides local information and a cafe, and runs regular computer classes and exercise classes.
CatStrand / @TheCatStrand

Moniaive is a vibrant village in Glencairn Parish in Dumfries and Galloway. Over the years the village has hosted a diverse range of festivals and events and is home to a number of talented artists. The strong community spirit resulted in Moniaive Festival Village winning a 2015 Creative Place Award.
Moniaive Festival Village / @FestVillage

Alchemy Film & Arts exists to champion the development of independent arts and film related projects in the Scottish Borders region and Scotland as a whole. It aims to advance the arts, by the practice, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of visual arts and film.
Alchemy Film & Arts / @alchemyfilmfest

CABN (Creative Arts Business Network) is a network and information sharing project supporting the professional creative sector in the Scottish Borders with a focus on creative micro-businesses across all artforms. CABN also engages with and provides support to sectoral organisations and community groups, and works with a range of partners to develop further opportunities.
CABN / @CABNScotBorders

Heart of Hawick is a multi-award winning culture-led regeneration project, a multi-agency arts and heritage initiative designed to contribute to the social, cultural and economic regeneration of Hawick and the wider Borders.
Heart of Hawick / @HeartofHawick


Lydia Beilby is a curator, artist and educator whose activities are primarily focused around moving image, expanded cinema performance and collaborative community projects. Particular areas of interest include the formulation of new and radical approaches to archives and the process of archiving, the notion of collective memory and making work utilising photochemical and found film. Lydia curates the Short Film programme at Edinburgh International Film Festival and is a Open Studies tutor at the University of Edinburgh. / @ScreenBandita

Anne-Marie Copestake is an artist and musician based in Glasgow. Current research focuses include technological optimism, female voices of authority and their legacies.  Anne-Marie has exhibited her work and screened her films and videos internationally, and is a member of two long-term collaborative groups based in Scotland. In 2011 she was awarded the Margaret Tait Award from Glasgow Film Festival, and in 2015 was awarded the BFI Experimenta Development Award from London Film Festival.

Hello, I’m Jean Edmiston and I have worked as a storyteller and writer for over 25 years in many different contexts and with people of all ages. If you want a glimpse of some of these experiences please google me. I’m on the TRACS, Scottish Storytelling Centre register of storytellers, also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature register. I moved back to Scotland in 2005 after living and working in SW England for 26 years. I’m originally from Aberdeen.  Currently I’m working with groups of older people in care homes in Dumfries and Galloway. This is a Wigtown Book Festival project, Give Voice, and this is my 3rd year working with them.  I’m passionate about stories and storytelling and I enjoy working alongside people discovering new or forgotten stories and developing ways of telling these.