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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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists and communities. As a diverse community of activists we are currently interested in work which references cutting edge social issues such as LGBT asylum, trans visibility, LGBT ageing and care. We wish to focus on the development of new voices and women writers, LGBT ethnicity in the visual arts in Scotland, explores stereotypes in contemporary literature and fiction. We wish to create genuine professional opportunities for the work of LGBT artists 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersex communities. 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 queer communities in their broadest sense. We recognise that LGBT equality, equal and human rights are now very much the focus of mainstream society, civic and organisational culture and that LGBT identities must play an increasingly influential role in this. Yet we also recognise that LGBT peoples 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 queer 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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Participate

WE ARE OPEN to ideas, suggestions, new or ready-made work in various forms.

Why not write to us by email with a simple, quick response, a 100 words or so to tell us about your idea mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org

Here are some of the things we are looking for

We want LGBTQI work that is challenging and ground breaking – in some of the following areas:

  • An education project for schools on diverse parenting, coming out and homophobia
  • A visual arts project that breaks the silence of some LGBT visual artists.
  • A theatre project that reaches outer lying marginalized communities
  • Discussions, talks and seminars that highlight social issues for LGBTQI people
  • A training project that offers professional skills for mixed LGBTQI participants.
  • Community projects for under-represented or isolated members of the LGBTQI family.
  • Performances that raise the bar in terms of quality, professionalism and profile.

We wish to represent queer communities in their broadest sense.  LGBT equality, equal and human rights are now very much the focus of mainstream society, civic and organisational culture.  LGBT identities play increasingly influential roles in this.  Yet we must still recognise that LGBT peoples have 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.  We wish to bridge the gaps between the different tribes, behaviours and create intersections between the places of queer activity and interest.

We’re interested in radical, independent, activist, counter-cultural voices.  We want 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 will 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.

 

 

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Audience Survey 2014

 

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We will not share your details with anyone although we may send you promotional event ticket offers from partner organisations from time to time.
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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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Glasgow City Council

Outspoken Arts Scotland is regularly funded by Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow, with a population of around 600,000, is Scotland’s largest city and is the commercial capital of Scotland. It is the UK’s largest retail centre after London.

Situated in the Central Belt of Scotland on the west coast it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

Glasgow is one of Europe’s top 20 financial centres and is home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses.

The city houses many wonderful municipal art galleries and museums, first class sports and leisure facilities; excellent theatres; an array of restaurants, pubs and clubs; and beautiful parks. Spectacular countryside and coastal views are within easy reach and the city is only 42 miles from Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.

The city is administered by Glasgow City Council with the municipal headquarters, the City Chambers, situated in George Square, at the heart of the city.

The City Council works with partner agencies including Scottish Enterprise, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board, Greater Glasgow Health Board, public sector organisations, educational institutions and the private and voluntary sectors to raise the profile of the city and make it an attractive place to live in, study in, work in, or visit.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk

 

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Creative Scotland

Outspoken Arts Scotland is funded by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad. We invest in talented people and exciting ideas. We develop the creative industries and champion everything that’s good about Scottish creativity. Scotland boasts an incredible range of talent, from award-winning directors and writers to widely recognised actors and internationally renowned musicians, visual artists, architects and digital companies. As a result of the wealth of indigenous talent, Scotland produces a huge volume of home-grown productions and products each year. http://www.creativescotland.org.uk

 

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