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Make it Fabulous! 2019

COMING OUT IN 2019
Call for acts and participation in a brand new programme of events for LGBT History Month Scotland – February 2019.

To mark the 50th year since the Stonewall Riots (July 1969), Outspoken Arts Scotland wants to hear from acts, troupes, performers, artists and activists.

We want to capture what is to be LGBT in 2019 but we also want to remember where it all began and celebrate the fabulous explosion of LGBT culture since Stonewall, through Gay Liberation and Pride Marches. We want you to be inspired by and perhaps celebrate the wonderful troupes of artists who led the way such as Hot Peaches, Bloolips, The Cockettes and even London’s own Duckie.

If you have an act, performance, show or idea that could make us laugh, sing or cry we want to hear from you. Whatever your identity, be you drag queen, femme, dyke, diva, bitch, boy, bear, or ally or none of these- if you can get up on a stage and tell your story – we want to hear from you.

Send us some of the following things –
a headshot, CV, publicity materials, youtube or other social media or website links to your work. mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

P.S. Make it Fabulous!

Stonewall Inn, New York City, 1969

Hot Peaches, NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engagement Programme

Outspoken Arts Scotland Limited is undertaking a programme of outreach and engagement with cultural organisations in Renfrewshire over the next year.  This programme is provisional and subject to funding.  The programme is as a result of the legacy of Paisley UK City of Culture bid.

We are an equalities and protected characteristics focused arts organisation that delivers work in the performing and visual arts. We wish to begin a process of engagement and project development with up to a dozen local community, voluntary and arts sector organisations in Renfrewshire to build a cultural programme of some social impact. Our organisation worked closely with Renfrewshire Council as a Creative Producer on the Paisley 2021 bid and have met and consulted with many groups in 2016.

From that process we recognised there are many arts and community groups in need of professional and meaningful collaborations with the wider professional arts sector outwith Renfrewshire. We also recognised that many communities in the area are in zones of multiple deprivation and have vulnerable people that require more recognition, support and regular arts activities to promote inclusiveness and better health and well-being. We wish to develop our work through a process of genuine engagement that fosters collaboration, leading to shared creativity and co-production that is truly empowering for all participants.

We have identified a dozen organisations we wish to collaborate with to develop new projects. Those are as follows:

1. Create Paisley, a local mixed arts/multi media youth charity
2. Erskine Music & Media Studios, Bargarran – a music and participatory arts for vulnernable people
3. Hi-arts – a local theatre company in Paisley which focuses on new writing
4. PACE Youth Theatre, Paisley largest youth theatre for under 18s
5. Clochoderick Press / Round Table Writers – a local professional writers group – new work
6. THCAR2 – Renfrewshire Council’s Heritage Arts programme – regeneration/social history
7. Paisley Arts Centre – a key venue and local co-producer – theatre
8. University of the West of Scotland – spoken word/music – young professionals
9. Diversity & Equality Alliance Renfrewshire – a network of local equalities groups
10. Thread Mill Museum – a local social/industrial heritage group in deprived East End of Paisley
11. ROAR Connections for Life – a participatory arts, health and wellbeing group for older people
12. STAR Project – a local arts/community group in Love Street, north side area of high deprivation

Part of our process will be engaging more deeply and regularly with the groups, their leaders and participants to identify shared interests, stories, dramas, everyday life issues and experiences and seeing where and how we can match the organisation to a like minded professional artist. These collaborations would then lead to the development of larger project which might result in performances, exhibitions, training, presentations and the like. This programme of engagement would be continuous, with regular meetings, workshops and creative development sessions to build capacity.  We will deliver the outcomes of this engagement process as part of our 2019-2021 programme.

For further information please contact our Creative Director mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

 

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Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: http://outspokenarts.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

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If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

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Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics and Jetpack to monitor visits and traffic on our website.

Who we share your data with

We do no share this data with anyone other than members of our company.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

if you have concerns about your data or this policy mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org

 

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Social Media

We operate across a number of channels and have a current reach of over 150,000 followers

Facebook
The Director’s personal channel with over 574 industry contacts. https://www.facebook.com/steventhomsonPA2
The organisations public events channel with over 1660 followers https://www.facebook.com/outspokenartsSC

Twitter
The organisations main news channel where we stream live equality news updates. Followed by nearly 3,000 followers https://twitter.com/outspokenartsSC

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnE9-9UxnFLRQ3BJEPd99g

Scribd – our main archive of press cuttings, past print and programme materials
https://www.scribd.com/user/197964574/Steven-Thomson

Mailchimp – our maling list – e-flyer news channel with over 15,000 subscribers, past bookers & attenders. register here

Flickr – our main photo archive 1993-present
https://www.flickr.com/photos/glasgayfestival/

 

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Our Audience

The Company has over ten years of audience research data.  It surveys its audience by questionnaire and aggregated box office sales data each year.  This is an extract of some useful measures.

Age
16-24  …..    7%
25-34  …..  29%
35-44  …..  26%
45-54  …..  21%
55-65  …..  10%
65+     …..    6%

Gender
Male  …..  47%
Female  …..  51%
Transgender  …..  2%

Orientation
Bisexual  …..  9%
Gay  …..  25%
Lesbian  …..  15%
Heterosexual  …..  45%
Prefer not to say  …..  6%

Ethnicity
Black  …..  1%
Indian  …..  1%
Mixed  …..  3%
White – other  …..  23%
White – British  …..  3%
White- Scottish  …..  71%

 

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Artistic Policy

Mission

Outspoken Arts Scotland features year round and seasonal work by artists and communities with the protected characteristics.  As a diverse community of arts activists we are currently interested in work which references cutting edge social issues such as creative learning for young and vulnerable people, stories of migration and asylum, issues affecting LGBT people, disability, ethnicity, creative ageing and social health and well-being. We focus on the development of new voices and emergent talent and explores stereotypes in the contemporary arts.  We create genuine professional opportunities for the work of our artists and communities to be enjoyed by wider audiences across Scotland.

“the achievement and celebration of equality through the arts with a particular emphasis on the lives, work, and experiences of people with the protected characteristics.  We wish to engage, advocate, and work with people from diverse communities and we will do this by promoting, presenting, and producing social, cultural and educational activities.”

Who it is for

We represent diverse communities and recognise that equality, equal and human rights are now very much the focus of mainstream society, civic and organisational culture and our shifting sense of identity plays an increasingly influential role in this. Yet we also recognise that people with the protected characteristics have sometimes come from the margins of society where they have felt less than accepted, sometimes abused and neglected. That often informs their work, their attitudes and their interests.

Our Strategy

  • to bridge the gaps between the different tribes, behaviours and create intersections between the places of creative activity and interest.

How we will do this

  • We work with an informal collective of programmers and curators.
  • We are interested in radical, independent, activist, counter-cultural voices.
  • We aim to embody practice that engages and encourages reflection on what unites people.
  • We want our organisation to be a reflection of the work artists wish to make matched alongside the needs of partners’ organisations and wider audiences.
  • We want to be seen as multi-generational.
  • We wish to curate programmes which create art, develop community, and build a sense of identity and solidarity.
  • We wish to support emergent artists at the start of their career, established artists who have made new work, and afford opportunities to foreground new trends, new scenes and new movements.

This is an extract of our mission, vision and programme aims.  For further information please refer enquiries to our office.  contact@outspokenarts.org

 

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Audience Survey 2014

 

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of OUTSPOKEN ARTS SCOTLAND LIMITED is a voluntary membership group of non-executive company directors. The Board meets four or five times per year as well as officiating at a few key public events. Board members are entirely voluntary/unpaid and cannot enter into production or service contracts or be employed or remunerated by the Charity.

The role of Board members is to provide governance and support to the small staff team in the development and delivery of its programme of activities, policies and practices. The Charity is regulated by OSCR and the role of board members/trustees is governed by the following guidance http://www.oscr.org.uk/managing-your-charity/trustee-duties/ 

The organisation is seeking a number of new Board members to bring additional marketing, finance and fundraising skills and as well as gender balance.
Interested individuals willing to be considered as potential Board members should email a CV to

Steven Thomson, Company Secretary
OUTSPOKEN ARTS SCOTLAND LIMITED *
mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: as at May 2018

Vicky Gunn, Chair
Professor Vicky Gunn is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Glasgow School of Art. She has a research and teaching profile in tertiary learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities.  Bio

Lynn Sheridan
Lynn Sheridan has worked in social work for several years before taking up a teaching role in 2004 at Glasgow Caledonian Univesity. Bio

Garry MacLaughlin
Garry is the founder of Unthank Comics, a small press label based in Glasgow, and Cosmic Designs, a visual arts charity. Bio

Lisa Charlwood-Green
Lisa, Founder and Director of The WOW Network, has actively championed for LGBT equality and diversity for over 17 years, starting with her work at LGBT Switchboard as a trained counsellor, through to volunteering with LGBT Youth, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and LEAP Sports.

Ezra Rowan Wilson
Ezra is an non-binary person from Scotland, actively involved in the Transgender community. he has held positions with the National Union of Students UK and runs his own organisation: TransForm Renfrewshire.


* Note: the charity changed its name in August 2015.
It was formerly known as Gala Scotland Ltd and traded as the Glasgay! festival.

 

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Past Staff

1993

Cordelia Ditton, Joint Artistic Director
Dominic D’Angelo, Joint Artistic Director

1995

Cordelia Ditton, Artistic Director
Lorna Ferguson & Diane Hutchison, Joint Co-ordinators

1997

The festival was managed by its board of directors in this year.

1998

Gillian Garrity, Administrator

1999

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Robert Thomson, Programme Co-ordinator

2000

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Paul Fitzpatrick, Programme Co-ordinator
Dearbhla Murphy, Press & Marketing

2001

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Dearbhla Murphy, Press & Marketing

2002

David Leddy, Festival Producer
Di Robson, Development
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2003

David Leddy, Festival Producer
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2004

Steven Thomson, Producer
Niall Walker, Design
Alan Miller, Press

2005

Steven Thomson, Producer
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2006

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alan Miller, Press
Marketing, Richard Bryson
Niall Walker, Design

2007

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Eloise Roser, Marketing
Niall Walker, Design

2008

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Sophie McCready, Marketing
Niall Walker, Design

2009

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Kara Szifris, Marketing
Roxanne Claxton, Outreach

2010

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Lisa Watt, Marketing

2011

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Lisa Watt, Marketing

2012

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Ash Paterson, Design
Leo Glaister, Marketing

2013

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Roisin Anne Hughes, Marketing

2014

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Laura McIntyre, Marketing

 

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