CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

Applications now open for the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund. Apply for up to £10k to support creative learning opportunities for targeted young people. One deadline in 2019 – 25 January 2019

CashBack for Creativity – Open Fund 
Round Three – 2019/20

Delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund will support organisations seeking small amounts of funding so that they can deliver creative activity to young people – primarily those young people living in deprived communities and who have traditionally found it hardest to access such creative opportunities.

We would like to see applications for projects that provide opportunities to as many young people as possible, should be fun, engaging and accessible. Projects will be expected to engage young people in a short-term project that builds their confidence, self-esteem, and enhances their wellbeing. 

Applicant organisations can apply for funding of up to £10k, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity to young people aged 10-24

Round Three April 2019 – February 2020
* Applications open November 26 2018
* Application deadline January 25 2019.
* Projects to be completed and reports submitted by the end of March 2020.
* Total Budget for this round of funding will be around £300k

Local Authority priority areas:

The Open Fund seeks to reach all Local Authorities in Scotland. However for this final round of the fund we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the following areas:

* Angus
* Argyll and Bute
* East Dunbartonshire
* Orkney
* Perth and Kinross
* South Ayrshire
* South Lanarkshire


For more information, go to https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact cashback@youthlinkscotland.org (cashback@youthlinkscotland.org), or visit https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

The deadline is Friday 25 January 2019 at 13:00.

Call For Entries: The Pride Plays

The Pride Plays are looking for submissions of plays from writers who identify as LGBTQI+. The plays will be performed as part of LGBT History Month Scotland at the Traverse Theatre in February 2019.

As part of LGBT History Month Scotland (February 2019), we are hosting The Pride Plays – 3 evenings of originally written plays by LGBTQI+ writers at the Traverse Theatre.

The plays will be rehearsed in the space during the day and, each night (over the 21/22/23 February 2019), two plays will be performed, as a rehearsed reading, in Traverse 2. The plays will then be followed by a post-show discussion led by the director and playwright.

The Pride Plays will give people who identify as LGBTQI+ a platform for their voices to be heard in Scottish theatre as well as building the amount of plays written by LGBT+ people in Scotland. We want to give the stage to voices of a community who currently feel under represented in Scottish theatre.

So, we are looking for 6 new plays from people who identify as LGBTQI+.

Writers brief:
• Originally written play (a draft of the play you’d like to develop)
• 45-55 minutes in length

The writers of the 6 chosen plays will be invited to a development day in January, where an established playwright and representatives from LGBTQI+ organisations will provide feedback and support on the texts.

This opportunity is intended to provide development time and support for emerging LGBTQI+ writers. Writers will receive a fee for the development day. All rights will remain with the playwright.

Please email scripts to theprideplays@gmail.com by 14 December 2018. All scripts received will be read anonymously. Please ensure that your name and contact details are not on the script itself, and that your play is formatted with page numbers and cast list.

The theme for LGBT History Month Scotland 2019 is CATALYST: 50 Years of activism. This is to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings in New York, and to look at people or events that have been “catalysts” for change over those decades. Please feel free to respond to this theme, however there is no need to be restricted by it – above all, the Pride Plays are about giving LGBTQI+ voices a platform to tell the stories that they have to tell.

If you have any questions, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com (Connel Burnett & Sarah Masson),

The deadline is Friday 14 December 2018 at 23:55.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Call for Creative Volunteers

We are on the lookout for new volunteers interested in making creative work themed around mental health topics for a readership of 18-25 year-olds.

We particularly need more volunteers creating visual work that translates well to screen; this opportunity may suit amateur or beginner illustrators, photographers, cartoonists and graphic design enthusiasts who believe in feminism, creativity, social enterprise initiatives and would like to share their work and become part of a community supporting and forging positive social change.

About Fearless Femme:
Fearless Femme is a social enterprise based in Scotland and it’s taking a sledgehammer to the systemic problems around recognising and constructively addressing mental ill-health, particularly among young female and non-binary people.

Fearless Femme is mostly commonly met through our website which speaks directly to our target audience, letting them know they are not alone and that it’s ok to be exactly themselves. We also produce a digital magazine for subscribers on a not-for-profit basis as well as conducting research on mental health challenges and policies to define how the social context around mental health for young people can be improved. Written, designed, organised and edited by a part-time team of people in different stages of being affected by and recovering from mental illness, Fearless Femme has struck a chord (and a nerve) with those in society who care deeply about the impact of poor mental health.

What we are looking for:
This is an opportunity for young people who are interested in social causes, specifically mental health affecting young people.

Benefits of volunteering with Fearless Femme:
You will gain experience in working with a team empowering young women and people identifying as non-binary to overcome mental health problems through breaking down mental-health stigma and offering positive connections and resilience in its place. You will also be able to enhance your knowledge of the creative arts and your talent, and you will join a creative community connected for a social purpose with opportunities to explore new connections and collaborations with other creatives. Your creative work will be showcased to up to 10,000 website viewers monthly and you will gain experience with developing ideas, the editing process and taking active part in the discourse around mental health, publishing and equality topics, all in a supportive, nurturing context.

Voluntary commitments:
Your volunteering period starts and ends when you wish. Fearless Femme doesn’t stipulate any minimum period or time for volunteering with us.

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact info@fearlessfemme.co.uk or visit http://www.fearlessfemme.co.uk

The deadline is Monday 31 December 2018 at 23:45.

(Via Creative Scotland)

CashBack for Creativity Open Fund

Delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund will support organisations seeking small amounts of funding so that they can deliver creative activity to young people – primarily those young people living in deprived communities and who have traditionally found it hardest to access such creative opportunities.

We would like to see applications for projects that provide opportunities to as many young people as possible, should be fun, engaging and accessible. Projects will be expected to engage young people in a short-term project that builds their confidence, self-esteem, and enhances their wellbeing. 

Applicant organisations can apply for funding of up to £10k, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity to young people aged 10-24

Round Three April 2019 – February 2020
* Applications open November 26 2018
* Application deadline January 25 2019.
* Projects to be completed and reports submitted by the end of March 2020.
* Total Budget for this round of funding will be around £300k

Local Authority priority areas:

The Open Fund seeks to reach all Local Authorities in Scotland. However for this final round of the fund we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the following areas:

* Angus
* Argyll and Bute
* East Dunbartonshire
* Orkney
* Perth and Kinross
* South Ayrshire
* South Lanarkshire

For more information, go to https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact cashback@youthlinkscotland.org (cashback@youthlinkscotland.org), or visit https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund/

The deadline is Friday 25 January 2019 at 13:00.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Open Call for Collaborators

FLOORED is a project from The Reverse Engineer
+ Trudat Sound & Light. We periodically release
forward-thinking sound, music and mixed-media work
in digital and innovative physical editions. We host
irregular parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh that start
strange and end with dancing. These are supported
by a newly commissioned artwork and audio mix
based on a loose theme.

Sometimes it can feel like there is nothing new – just recombinations of things that we have already seen.
But this kind of creative cross-pollination can lead to exciting possibilities and is central to our approach at Floored.

To keep things interesting we are keen to work with people outside our usual social and creative circles – people who will help us reconsider what we think we know and embrace new ideas and approaches.

If you have an idea for a performance or an artwork, a theme for a party or any other contribution then we would love to hear from you.
Our intention is to provide a friendly, enthusiastic space to experiment, try out new things and hone ideas, so your proposal needn’t be fully finished and nothing is too weird.

There is no deadline, this call is ongoing.

Please get in touch with your ideas: hello@flooredmusic.com

Location: Edinburgh City, Glasgow City

For further information, please contact hello@flooredmusic.com (hello@flooredmusic.com), or visit http://flooredmusic.com/

The deadline is Tuesday 01 January 2019 at 10:00.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Call Out for Non-Fiction Submissions

The Selkie is looking for submissions!

Established earlier this year in Edinburgh but accepting and publishing work from all over the world, The Selkie is one of the newest and most exciting voices in online independent publishing, committed to diversifying the field by representing writers from traditionally marginalised backgrounds, and amplifying their voices and stories. This includes writers who are women, people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated. 

Our first anthology, based around the theme of Transformation, is coming out soon, but now we are looking again for stimulating, thought-provoking, and vibrant nonfiction writing, on all themes and in all its forms, including personal essays, biography, critical and opinion pieces. Submissions should be roughly between 1,000 and 2,000 words and should be emailed to nonfiction@theselkie.co.uk.

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer payment for submissions, but published authors will enjoy a readership of 2000 views a month; dedicated authorial support and promotion, including publicising any other features, publications, and pieces written by the author; and no submission fees. Become part of our writing and reading community.

Head to http://theselkie.co.uk/ to explore our collection, find out more about what we do, including workshops for New Writers looking for that extra bit of support, and for details of how to submit fiction, poetry, features and artwork.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
@TheSelkieUK

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact samlebutt@theselkie.co.uk (Sam Le Butt), or call 07858953607, or visit http://theselkie.co.uk/

The deadline is Monday 31 December 2018 at 14:00.

(Via Creative Scotland Opportunities)

Queer Times School Prints

Date: 1 December 2018 – 10 March 2019
Where: Gallery 3, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
Prices: FREE

queer timɘs school prints is an exhibition exploring aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Polysexual, Queer, Intersex + Allies (LGBTPQI+A) histories and experiences in Scotland from the past 50 years. Opening on World Aids Day, this exhibition is part of an art and citizenship project commissioned and acquired by Glasgow Museums from Jason E. Bowman, an artist with a curatorial practice.

Bogha-Frois

Date: 3 Feburary 2019, 8pm
Where: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Prices: £14 
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

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