Developing Creative Leaders: Cumantas
Saturday 3rd November, 10am - 6pm
Venue - Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy
"Cumantas - Gaelic meaning commonness, sharedness"
Would you like to set up an artists' collective, peer review group or artist-run project? Cumantas is a one-day course developed for Scottish Artists Union members living and working in the Highlands & Islands. This intensive course will offer creative leadership training in:
- Collaboration and collective action;
- How to set up a cooperative/artist-led group;
- How to work non-hierarchically and to develop an inclusive space;
- How to develop peer review and coaching systems.
Participants will learn how to organise, collaborate, exchange and build dialogue with peers, artists and other creative practitioners, as well as members of the public. The course focuses on developing an understanding of how leadership can be developed through alternative ways of living and working in common for the benefit of the individual and the wider community. It would be of particular benefit to artists wishing to establish and strengthen collaboration, and for those who have ideas on how to build positive change and connectivity for artists living in the Highlands and Islands. It will include training, tools, open discussion, and the potential for founding a new Highlands and Islands-wide artist network.
About the trainer: Shannon Stephens is an activist-trainer and co-director at Tripod Training, a small workers’ cooperative based in Edinburgh. They have 15 years experience in grassroots campaigning, community organising and collaborative group-work. For eight years they were a Trustee at The Forest, a the collectively-owned, community arts and events space. They have also provided training and advice for several artist-run galleries in Edinburgh and Glasgow, supporting them to work together more effectively.
Friday social: for those traveling to North Uist on Friday 2nd November, there is the opportunity to attend Ken Currie's new exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh from 6-9pm.