CREATIVITY IN/THROUGH JUSTICE
In partnership with WildBird artists Graeme Roger and Dave Martin, we have teamed up with the Justice Social Work Team at Moray Council to provide creativity based provision for those that are supported by their service.
Through photography, music and film making, both men's and women's groups have had access to regular weekly sessions at the Polytunnel within the Chanonry Industrial Estate. From building new skills to meeting new folk and gaining confidence, individuals have been engaged within and through the work to next steps including formal education and developing their own arts practice. Over the next year, this work will extend into specific work for those under age 25.
A peek into this work can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/867933550
Funded historically by the NHS Community Grants Fund and currently by the Youth Arts Grant distributed by Youthlink Scotland.
M:ADE FOR GRADUATES (2)
Our second iteration of our graduate support scheme, M:ADE for Graduates (2) is supporting five local creatives who have recently completed formal education in the realms of professional practice. Support will be provided from October through to June 2024.
Our creatives are Hayley Anderson (Visual Artist), Fi Luray (Musician), Fiona Percy (Visual Artist), Victoria Rice (Illustrator) and Emilia Stewart (Dance Artist).
Funded by The Wolfson Foundation.
I WISH SOMEBODY TOLD ME...
How many times have you been speaking with another woman and said 'I wish somebody had told me this!'...well, this project is in response to all of those hidden, yet common, experiences.
Over the course of 2023, a small team - M:ADE's Stacey Toner (Creative Director), visual artist Lynda Buchan (Lead Artist) and visual artist Kiara McKenzie (Creative Intern) - will work to connect with women across Moray to share and collate the good, the bad and the ugly stories around menstruation, motherhood and menopause - and anything in between!
We will work towards a public exhibition in December 2023, where this 'collective voice' will be shared and celebrated. We hope this project brings comfort, light and joy to local women - empowering them to own their experiences, whilst feeling more connected and aware.
In the meantime, you can hear us share out own experiences via a team podcast, facilitated and edit by the fab Laura Johnston-Scott.
Funded by The National Lottery Awards for All Programme.
THE ARTS IN MORAY (AIM) COLLECTIVE
We are delighted to be continuing our involvement with the Arts In Moray Collective, a community-based creative initiative with partners Dance North, Moray Way Association and WildBird.
Caroline Inckle and Stacey Toner are working on a collaborative residency to consider 'how can artists, communities and organisations contribute a functional and meaningful sector in Moray?'
Some outputs so far include a mapping exercise of the regional sector and a podcast exploring our process.
Funded by the Creative Scotland Culture Collective Programme.
CABRACH RECONNECTIONS 2
M:ADE is delighted to be supporting local artists Mary Bourne and Lynne Strachan in the second phase of their creative project, Cabrach Reconnections.
CR aims to find ways for people to reconnect with each other through arts activities and to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife the Cabrach area has to offer, reconnecting with nature. Exhibitions and artworks are developed in response to what the artists have learned and in turn promote The Cabrach further afield and encourage people to come and enjoy it.
This is an example of where M:ADE can provide the operational structures needed for artists to be able to realise their own creative projects. Please get in touch if you think we could help you in this way.
Funded by The Dornell Windfarm Community Benefit Fund.
M:ADE FOR MUSIC
M:ADE supported the early day pilot of a new local choir, founded for nothing but joy and connection! Although we began in 2019, Covid soon it, and we were only able to re-establish in Sept 2020.
M:ADE for Music is now it's own constituted group; we meet on a weekly basis on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm at Elgin City Football Club. Led by musical genius Christine Witton and musical non-genius Wendy Toner, anyone is welcome regardless of singing ability - but you must be willing to have a laugh!
There is a small fee thanks to being heavily subsidised...£20 for a 6 week block, but you can come and try one evening first at no cost. To find out more ask to join the Facebook Group.
Over 2021 and 2022, M:ADE constructed a business case that proposes the redevelopment of a local building, to create a new contemporary arts space for Moray.
This business case was included in Moray Council's wider Levelling Up Bid to the UK Government, which was unfortunately announced as unsuccessful in Jan 2023.
However, we are continuing to work with the Moray Council to explore alternative ways to realise this ambition. Watch this space.