As a way to actively contribute to local and regional development within the arts sector, and to provide best practice example of how to utilise creativity in the context of positive impact and change, M:ADE values and welcomes research opportunities, both academic and community based.



Need and demand?!

M:ADE are currently working with UHI and regional organisations to explore the potential for a new contemporary arts space in Elgin Town Centre.

Cohesive with Moray Growth Deal and City Master Plan developments, a physical building could provide a 'home' for creativity, learning and community.

It is envisaged, in these early stages, that a space could house a gallery, public education programme, equipment/facility access and room for workshops/residencies.

If you would like to input ideas or be involved in future discussions, please email



A new and exciting regional partnership

As part of the new AIM: Collective partnership in Moray, M:ADE is hosting an artist in residency post dedicated to research.

Supported by Moray School of Art (Moray College, University of the Highlands and Islands) the role will interrogate our collaborative approach and measure the impact of artist-led community work as part of the regional recovery from covid-19.

More to come soon.

ART NORTH MAGAZINE        (2021)


Contributing to cultural dialogue

In January 2021, Stacey Toner was invited to become Contributing Editor (Education) for Art North Magazine by Editor Ian McKay.

Drawing upon experience and engagement as both Creative Director of M:ADE and Curriculum Team Lead (Creative Industries) at Moray College UHI, Stacey provides articles for the magazine influenced by arts education, both in formal and informal contexts.


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Linking Internationally...

Stacey presented as part of the Fifth International Teaching Artists Conference delivered across the 14th-17th September 2020.

Hosted by partners in South Korea, the conference focused on key themes inspired by 'boundaries into new pathways' - Unlearning, Local & Nomadic Practices, Peace & Reconciliation and  Professional Development.

Presenting under the latter, Stacey used M:ADE activity to explore the practicalities of a 'response' mindset and approach, producing a collaborative manifesto with another 20 practitioners from around the globe - in under 90 minutes!


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#creativitymatters #embraceelgin

Artist Caroline Inckle worked with ElginBID, Moray School of Art and M:ADE to conduct a creative investigation into the regeneration and sustainability of Elgin Town Centre.

Following workshops with local businesses, the youth cafe and Anderson's Care Home, and a research visit to The Stove Network in Dumfries, a series of recommendations were presented to the partnership for further consideration.