While we didn’t win on the night, we were nevertheless delighted to be shortlisted and to see our creative work showcased to a high-level cross-sector audience.
Having won back in 2018, we know what an impact this award will have for the Alchemy team, which is doing brilliant things with film to support local communities in Hawick.
As Euan Leitch, Chief Executive of SURF, said: ‘The nominees for SURF Awards this year are a rich list of projects that have people and place at the heart of them. None of the projects exist in isolation but are the successful result of collaborations within communities, often in the face of challenges. They all exemplify the SURF approach to regeneration: holistic with the intended beneficiaries meaningfully involved.”
Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur MSP, said: ‘The SURF Awards share real stories based on partnership, action and trust. These communities have pulled together the people, resources and opportunities in their place to change their futures for the better. What they do is inspiring and they continue to show us the difference we can make on the ground by working together to a common purpose.’
We are looking to hearing more about the work of Alchemy Film & Arts and Centrestage, and sharing our experiences through SURF’s learning events in 2023
And we of course very much hope to be back another year!
Big shout out to Brian Ó hEadhra and Jennifer McGlone of Glow Arts for joining us too. (We’ll hit that karaoke bar FIRST next time, Brian!)
And props to table-chums The Montrose Playhouse whose cinema looks amazing – we’ll be paying you a visit soon!