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Arts, creativity and the integration of Refugees in Scotland Seminar

Wednesday 20 July 2016
Thomas Morton Hall, Leith, Edinburgh
Cost: FREE

Deadline Monday 11 July 2017 at 17:00

The Scottish Government in partnership with Creative Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council and the Federation of Scottish Theatre are holding a free one day seminar on how the arts and culture can support the integration of refugees in Scotland.

The event has been designed to channel, develop and support artistic responses, in collaboration with refugees and receiving communities, to inspire artists and artistic organisations in Scotland to:

  • Engage with refugees and receiving communities as audience members, co-producers, sources of inspiration and as artists in their own right;
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of engaging with refugees;
  • Network and develop potential future collaborations;
  • Understand how to engage and practical support available

An invitation is extended to the arts and culture sector in Scotland, across all art forms, to attend this event if they have, or plan to work with refugees who are being resettled in Scotland.  The day will consist of presentations, Q&A and roundtable discussions including: Suzi Maciver, Arts & Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council; Iman Tajik, Iranian Photographer; Neil Packham, Community Drama Director Citizens Theatre; Natalie Davidson and Amanda Patterson, Hidden Gardens; Paria Goodarzi, Iranian textile artist; Oliver King, of ‘Developing  Artists’ and his team from ‘Queens of Syria’  theatre performance; Deborah May, Africa in Motion;  Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies and many others.  Lunch and refreshments will also be included.

As numbers are limited, attendees will be offered a place on a first come first served basis and we would encourage only one person per organisation.

If you wish to attend the event please register here by Monday 11 July 2016

If you have any additional queries please email leonie.stone@gov.scot

In addition we will offer a bursary option as follows:-

  1. A fixed rate travel bursary of up to £50 for any attendee who has to travel more than 100 miles one way, if they are either freelance or employed by an organisation with a turn-over of less than £100,000.
  2. For those travelling from the Islands or more than 150 miles one way, a bursary of up to £150 can be applied for,  if they are either freelance or employed by an organisation with a turn-over of less than £100,000.
  3. A bursary is only available for one application per organisation.
  4. The bursary budget is fixed and bursaries will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and be managed by the Federation of Scottish Theatre.
  5. Bursaries will be payable in arrears following attendance at the event.

If you wish to apply for the bursary please email emma.beatt@scottishtheatre.org by Monday 11 July 2016 with the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • Your organisation (if employed)
  • Your organisation’s turnover (if employed)
  • Level of bursary applied for (up to a maximum of either £50 or £150 – see criteria above)
  • Confirmation that you have booked a place for the event

Thomas Morton Hall is an accessible venue with disabled parking at the front of the building, let us know if you require to book this.  Please also let us know when you register, if you have any special requirement.

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