25 May 2023

Taking creative approaches to regenerate communities: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Organised by: SURF


Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.


This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow 25th May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts and culture into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2022 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner Alchemy Film & Arts. Based in Hawick, Alchemy provide year-round access to cultural and creative learning opportunities and deliver Scotland’s biggest experimental film festival.

Guests will then hear from highly commended Findhorn Bay Arts. Working throughout Moray, FBA bring increased creative opportunities and investment to the region.

Finally, guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Centrestage. Centrestage, Ayrshire’s Arts Academy, allows people in East Ayrshire to participate in creative and expressive arts.

The event will close with presentations from Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting artists and creative arts organisations, and an overview of the work by Creative Lives. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, Bellsmyre Development Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and RIG Arts – were particularly enthused by the projects ability to leave a lasting impact in their community within all three shortlisted projects in this category.

This workshop is being delivered with support from Creative Scotland.


10:00am   Registration and networking

10:30am   Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF

10:35am   Presentation, Alchemy Film & Arts: Tom Swift, Alchemy Film &Arts

10:50am   Presentation, Findhorn Bay Arts: Kresanna Aigner, Findhorn Bay Arts

11:00am   Presentation, Centrestage: Fiona McKenzie, Centrestage

11:10am   Questions and Comments with project representatives

11:25am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:35am   Presentation, Creative Lives: David McDonald, Creative Lives

11:45am   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:05pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:15pm   Close and Networking Lunch