The geography of the Highlands & Islands means many artists are working in relatively remote areas and often feel isolated from the contemporary arts sector. It is not uncommon to go several months without discussing your work with a like-minded artist. We want to create a network of regional peer review leaders who will be able to act as facilitators by building effective and constructive sessions locally to directly tackle issues around isolation. This weekend residential course delivers a series of training in facilitation, developing communication skills to help motivate others within their work, building collective & participatory leadership practices, workshop design and practical first hand experience of peer review techniques.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS? Yes, it is compulsory that you are able to commit to 2 workshop days Saturday 9th November from 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10th November from 10am-1pm. You may also check-in and meet your fellow union members over dinner on the Friday evening from 5pm. For those travelling from further afield there is free accommodation on site within the gardens for 10 people for both Friday and Saturday evenings. In the event that the accommodation on site is oversubscribed, we will allocate one place to one member from different regions. For example, one place from Orkney, one from Western Isles, one from Caithness etc. We are also able to offer a bursary of £50 - £100 towards travel and accommodation costs for those coming from further a field.
WHO IS THIS FOR? Open to all our members in the Highlands & Islands who want feedback on their work or the opportunity to get involved in union organising and developing new facilitation skills. We are especially keen to hear from members in remote areas and can help support travel costs for anyone attending from the Islands.
WHY SHOULD I COME? This residential weekend offers members the chance to escape busy schedules and experience the peace of this beautiful location. We aim to create a relaxed and social atmosphere with hands on artist-led workshops, walks and meals together to help build strong connections and a future new network for artists in the Highlands & Islands. The course will include in-depth training, presentations, open discussion and all your meals are included. There is lots of space within the gardens to go for walk and a large communal kitchen where members can retreat for coffee breaks and snacks throughout the day.
SOUNDS GREAT, HOW DO I SIGN UP? Spaces are limited to 12 people and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Either click the RSVP link on the previous page or email us at email@example.com
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