Bogha-Frois

Date: 3 Feburary 2019, 8pm
Where: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Prices: £14 (On sale soon)
Box Office: Celtic Connections

Bogha-frois: LGBT+ Voices in Folk is the result of a workshop project which brought LGBT+ folk musicians from across the country come together to write, collaborate and perform songs in the folk tradition, telling stories about life as a member of the LGBT community.

Led by Rachel Sermanni, Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner and LGBT+ ally Josie Duncan, Young Traditional Folk Musician of the Year Finalist Grant McFarlane, fiddle player Laura Wilkie, and string player Marit Fält as well as organiser Pedro Cameron, aka Man of the Minch – the concert will showcase the work created with performances from the tutors and participants as well as a short documentary film made during the creative process. There will also be special performances from Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss and Kim Carnie.

Supported by Creative Scotland and Outspoken Arts Scotland the project aims give a platform and voice to the LGBT+ community in the traditional and folk music scene in Scotland.

Our History

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd is the legacy of a movement that began with the foundation of the Glasgay! Festival in 1993, founded as a direct response the Section 28 legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.

Glasgay! launched on Saturday 30th October 1993. This lesbian and gay arts festival was the innovation of Cordelia Ditton, well known in national arts scene as a performer, writer, and co-director of Gay Sweatshop. The introduction of Section 28 in 1988 galvanised a whole new era of political and public agitation and resulted also in the founding in 1989 of the influential national lobbying group Stonewall.

Ditton herself had been involved in the campaign against Section 28. Ditton recognised that important local organisations such as the Glasgow branch of Switchboard already existed. However, it was her idea that a lesbian and gay arts festival, would make the lesbian and gay communities of Glasgow more visible. In 1991 she joined forces with Glasgow-based freelance arts administrator Dominic D’Angelo. Both were determined to to produce an arts festival that would show gay lifestyles and performers and work in a very, very positive light. The mission was to change public opinion about lesbian and gay people and to show the wealth of amazing work that was out there.

The 1993 Festival opened to huge acclaim garnering audiences of just over 26,000 attenders. However, there were hateful campaigns in the press, from Tory Councillors and members of the public de-crying the use of public money on such gay art. This backlash and the difficulties it faced caused two years of festival blackout – 1994 and 1996.

In 1995 Cordelia and Dominic stepped down and a new board of directors was convened and the charity Gala Scotland Ltd established. This company then carried forward the legacy and produced the festival from 1995 to 2014.

In its history the festival worked with many of the top gay and lesbian artists in the world. Names such as Sir Ian McKellen, Simon Fanshawe, Donna McPhail, Edwin Morgan, Jackie Kay, Rhona Cameron, Annie Sprinkle, Penny Arcade, Bette Bourne, Diamanda Galas, Neil Bartlett, Scott Capurro, Pam Ann, Four Poofs and a Piano, Lypsinka, Louise Welsh, Marc Almond, Alan Carr, Zoe Strachan, Stewart Laing, and John Waters are amongst the many others that have graced the festival stages.

The work of the festival was always dominated by the prevailing social climate in terms of acceptance, tolerance and understanding of LGBT rights, equality and the march of progress. That social progress has resulted in the repealing of Section 28 of the Government Act 1998; the Civil Partnership Act (2004) and The Equality Act (2010).
Glasgay! artists across the generations have presented work in various artforms that continually reflect social attitudes, behaviours and experiences of the LGBT community. The Glasgay! Festival was a place where LGBT life was acknowledged, celebrated and understood.

Over the 21 years of its history the festival was funded mainly on a year to year basis by the Scottish Arts Council and, subsequently its successor, Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council. From 2007 to 2014 it enjoyed regular 3 year funding agreements from the Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. In 2015 the Company was unsuccessful in its bid to become a new RFO client and the Board was asked to consider the future of the festival without the support of Creative Scotland.

The Company was also asked to consider its national role as a promoter of equality and the broader protected characteristics. It was clear that whilst the festival clearly enjoyed strong support in Glasgow the need to spread the message of equality, particularly to outer-lying communities was the principal challenge. The Company agreed to enter a period of funding transition and the board took the bold step of retiring the festival and renaming the charity, rebranding and re-purposing the mission.

The name Outspoken Arts Scotland was chosen to reflect the campaigning roots of the festival as legacy of a movement. A new mission was adopted to work in outerlying communities and to work across all, or most, of the protected characteristics. This transition period lasted for nearly two years 2015-2017 and the Company delivered a number of projects across that period.

The Company continues to be funded by Creative Scotland & Glasgow City Council and since 2018 by Renfrewshire Council.

Archives

The entire administrative, artistic, press & PR archive of the Glasgay! Festival 1993-2014 was transferred to Glasgow University’s Scottish Theatre Archive in Spring 2018.  This archive is still being catalogued and documented but reference to it should eventually appear at this link. http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/STA/search/

 

See this link for Commissions, productions, presentations and a list of artists/companies who appeared.

Appendix N – Our History 1993-2014

Equalities Resources

Equalities Resources

(this page is under construction)

As an organisation that produces, presents and promotes work with people with protected characteristics we are guided by principally the Equality Act 2010.

As an arts organisation we also draw our working principles on a number of guidance frameworks presented by our funders.  Some of these are as follows

  1. Creative Scotland – Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Plan
  2. Scottish Government – Community Empowerment Act 2015
  3. Scottish Government – Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004
  4. LGBT Youth Scotland – offer many resources for young people
  • LGBTI CULTURAL CALENDAR
  • STRATEGY 2018-2023
  • SUPPORTING TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE
  • DEVELOPING A GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION ALLIANCE (GSA)
  • ADDRESSING INCLUSION
  • LIFE IN SCOTLAND FOR LGBT YOUNG PEOPLE
  • MANIFESTO 2016-2021
  • VOICES UNHEARD
  • COMING OUT GUIDE (LGB)
  • COMING OUT GUIDE (T)

6. Older People – Scottish Government – All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population

7. Resources for the Disabled:  |  Flip Artists  |  Artlink Scottish Government

8. Faith  |  Renfrewshire Interfaith Group  |  Scotland interfaith

9. Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic  |  BEMIS REEM

Disability Resource Centre

Disability Resource Centre

 

renfrewshire.gov.uk/drc |  facebook.com/DRCentre

 

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is a day centre providing services for physically disabled and sensory impaired people living in Renfrewshire. We actively promote independent living through various leisure, social, educational and employment activities and services. The DRC is in a light, airy, purpose-built building, surrounded by an accessible garden, close to the centre of Paisley. We aim to be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive place, where people come to socialise and network as well as taking part in activities. We are flexible to peoples’ needs. Some people choose to come to the DRC for the whole day, while others take part in specific activities.

The centre has a range of specialist facilities including an accessible kitchen, library and club room. A hot meal is available at lunch time with snacks & drinks available throughout the day.

Some of the activities on offer include: Art, tai chi, yoga, knitting, history, computing, film making, photography, woodwork, web design, gardening, social sciences, cookery, creative writing, relaxation. We also run some activities out with the centre, including: swimming, sailing, music making and Gaelic classes.

Various disability groups and organisations use the centre for meetings and activities.

RENFREWSHIRE LEISURE

Renfrewshire Leisure

 

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Renfrewshire Leisure provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation, sport, cultural, social or other leisure time occupation as are beneficial to the community, for the general public in, or in connection with the Renfrewshire area and its neighbourhood in furthering the interests of social welfare.”

History:The transfer of Renfrewshire Councils indoor sports centres and swimming pools in January 2003 through the creation of Renfrewshire Leisure was the direct result of an earlier strategic study on sports provision in the local area. From the 1 July 2015 Renfrewshire Leisure took on the management of assets such as Town Halls, Libraries, Museums and Paisley Arts Centre along with Sports Development, Active Schools functions and playing fields.

Working in a collaboration with Renfrewshire Leisure to co-produce a number of different creative programmes.

QUEER TIMES 2019

Queer Times 2019

 

https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com/

 

queer timɘs school is an opportunity for LGBTPQI citizens – and their allies – to participate in history-making by chronicling some of the complex controversies, breakthroughs and experiences that have shaped queer Scottish life over the past 50 years. It is for those who feel that their daily experience, or a specific experience, however small it may seem, has been uncharted or unrecognised.

A programme in collaboration with Outspoken Arts Scotland and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Featuring LGBTPQIA+ artists who will present thought provoking works addressing the main themes, issues and context of the centrepiece exhibition at GOMA.

PRIDE 2019

PRIDE 2019

 

We will be taking part in a brand new and fabulous Pride 2019 in Glasgow.

Pride Glasgow is an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride festival held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Pride 2019 will be a new fully inclusive event for the whole community, free to access and run by and for the community.

Bogha-frois

Bogha-frois (Pedro Cameron)

 

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Bogha-frois (Rainbow), the LGBT + Folk Musicians Project is aimed at LGBT folk musicians in Scotland. The idea at the moment is to gather LGBT folk musicians from all over the country to write, collaborate on and perform songs in the folk tradition, which tell stories about life as a member of the LGBT community – with the ultimate aim being a record release and a series of shows, which help to open up a link between the Scottish folk tradition and 21st century issues and values.

Pedro Cameron is formerly the fiddle player in the Glasgow Americana act The Dirty Beggars, “Man of the Minch” is the alias of Pedro Cameron – marking a massive change of tack. Mixing elements of folk, pop, country and electropop – the music is undefinable. Drawing on lyrical themes of loss, friendship and life as a member of the LGBT community.

TH.CARS2 PROJECT

Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2

 

renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2

 

Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a building repair and shopfront improvement grant scheme, which aims to improve historic properties and streetscape within the TH.CARS2 area to help regeneration in Paisley. The scheme was launched on the 21st February 2017 and it will run until 2021.

Paisley TH.CARS2 is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, and gives grant opportunities to property owners in a defined area of Paisley Town Centre focusing on High St, New St, Shuttle St and George Pl.

The programme also includes a number of Heritage Education, Training and Events. The activities will engage diverse audiences with the heritage and culture of Paisley, with an emphasis on learning through making, particularly around traditional building skills and textiles.

THE STAR PROJECT

THE STAR PROJECT

 

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The Star Project delivers a consistent and varied programme of group and individual support to community members within Renfrewshire.  Our main base is in the North End of Paisley and we also work from Glenburn Community Centre. All our work is robustly evaluated and monitored and feedback from our project users, partners and staff shape the development of everything we do.  Our strong and creative team has a passion for the work of the Project and we believe this is fundamental to our continued success.

Underpinning our work is a commitment to:Bbuilding genuine positive relationships, meeting people in their need, not just meeting their needs, working in a holistic and non-judgmental way and supporting people to see and seize opportunity.