Combine to Create is a new and collaborative programme of creative activities in Moray supported by Creative Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund.
Combine to Create is being developed by Findhorn Bay Arts in partnership with creative practitioners, supported by key community and cultural organisations in Moray and beyond.
Building on previous work and reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the purpose of Combine to Create is to test and inspire new ways of working within and between creative practitioners and communities of identity and place in a series of residencies that make creative things happen.
The residencies include:
Each residency will conclude with a community sharing and celebration to showcase the creative response of the creative practitioners and community.
Findhorn Bay Arts is deeply committed to partnership working, striving to build and sustain meaningful connections with individuals and organisations as project partners and co-creators. We embrace our responsibility to nurture and support the development of the cultural sector within Moray and contribute to the wider development of the cultural sector across Scotland.
To hear about the first Combine to Create gathering of invited creative practitioners, click here.
For more information, please contact Combine to Create Programme Coordinator Elidh Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the story on social media via #CombineToCreate.
The Culture Collective is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to Covid-19.
The programme will focus on community engaged creative activity, supporting participatory approaches and projects where creative practitioners and communities work collaboratively. A key element of this will be proactively responding to the impact of Covid-19, providing employment opportunities for creative practitioners and actively engaging people in shaping the future cultural life of their community.
Working collectively is central to the programme at a local and national level. Each of the supported organisations and creative practitioners will be required to collaborate with communities locally but also to work together as a national collective. With the support of a central coordinator who will oversee the programme, this includes the ongoing sharing of progress; attendance at national meetings and events; and participation in an evaluation of the pilot.
Covid-19 has already had a significant impact on the creative sector and cultural life of communities. With venues temporarily closed, events cancelled, and our social interactions restricted, opportunities for creative practitioners and audiences have shifted and, in many cases, reduced significantly. Creative Scotland’s Audience Intention Research demonstrates a strong appetite for returning to participation in creative activity, however, there is the potential that future models and levels of cultural participation may change.
The creative sector will need to adapt in response. The Culture Collective provides an opportunity for organisations to explore and test new models and to learn from each other, whether this is how it provides opportunities and support to creative practitioners or how it actively engages communities in its work.