Create Grant Mini Fest!

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Join Glasgow CAN to celebrate with the Create Grant recipients through activities and a Q&A panel.

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We are hosting a digital festival-style sharing event to showcase what the recent recipients of our new Create Grant have achieved through their funded projects from January to March 2021.

The Create Grant is funded through Glasgow City Council's Glasgow Communities Fund.  Each of the four recently funded creative projects will demonstrate examples of the kinds of activities they have delivered in partnership with communities and groups, with help from their Create Grant. You may even get to participate in some mini activities if you like! You will get to see how practitioners have adapted their projects to be able to deliver them digitally during lockdown. For the event finale there will be a 30 minute Q&A panel discussion where attendees can ask recipients about the application process, challenges a they've faced and the impact their projects have had on participants and the communities they've worked with.

If you are looking to apply for the Create Grant in the future, this event is a must as you will get to see first hand they types of projects which Glasgow CAN has funded and hear first hand from peers about real projects which have been delivered.

We would strongly encourage our newest members of Glasgow CAN to come along to this event, especially if you are aspiring towards working in the participatory arts sector and securing funding to deliver your own Participatory Arts project in the future.

So come along and get inspired. This event it a chance to connect' learn and have some fun!

This event is free for Glasgow CAN members and non-members. However, we would like to highlight that any pay-what-you-can contributions which are made will go directly back into sustaining the Create Grant fund, which will help to support future Participatory Arts projects with underrepresented groups and communities in Glasgow.

The Line Up

  • Baltic Street Playground highlighting their project 'Creative Connections' with an overview, interactive map making and a music making demo! This will include images from the art workshops sent in by parents. One of the artists Bella, used the landscape in and around Baltic St to create rubbings, drawings, sketches and lantern making. Bella will be facilitating a word-based map making session for 10 minutes using the zoom whiteboard with participants to make a growing playground! Another artist, Andy, used household items to create musical instruments and a Baltic St band. Andy will show us a pre-recorded video of the music-making that happened at Baltic St!
  • Lewis Sherlock highlighting his project 'The Cards' with an interactive theatre piece called 'The Teacher' "Sit back, relax, you’re in the right place Spiritual Being; get ready to get bendy with BOPIYO System’s brand new class. Awaken your inner animals, there are so many of them, are you prepared to welcome the Zoo in You? With legendary host BOPIYO Practitioner and Founder: Kale Sa’Laad BOPIYO will combine the ultimate exercise routine blast with body and mind unification to make you feel more animal. Lewis Sherlock brings another puppet character performance to GCAN Mini Fest with The Teacher. Gear up for this fun, interactive, impossible (not to be recreated at home) fusion of High energy training and Spiritual practice. May contain puppet nudity...don’t worry...suitable for 4+ Devised in collaboration with Nikki Kalkman and Participants of LOOP Theatre With Costume by Alima Askew.
  • Rumpus Room highlighting their project 'Actions for Fare & Care' the Rumpus Room Young Activists group would like to invite the Mini Fest attendees to rethink our (food) possible futures. In the past months, through a series of workshops and artists talks, the group explored food as a political activator, a tool for civic engagement and social change. For this session, the group will present one of the project outcomes, the booklet Recipes for Regrowth, and engage the attendees in a small activity to develop creative ideas and imaginative responses to how we approach, produce and consume food.
  • John Martin Fulton highlighting the 'You Can Create' project at Zennistoun Hub. John will discuss his background in the area of participatory art with vulnerable groups, his motivation and aim for the project, how he used his network to get participants involved, how the sessions ran, problems, solutions, learning, outcomes and wins, and share some of the work created. He will also demonstrate a 5 minute taster of creating a landscape drawing just using a pen and paper which will give an idea of the process, and introduce us to a participant for a five minute chat to help us understand how the groups can benefit people recovering from addiction.
  • 30 Minute Q&A panel where attendees can ask above artists and recipients questions


Live AI generated captions will be available at this event as well as live BSL interpretation. Glasgow CAN will do our best to ensure that we meet any any other access needs. Please get in touch with Jade Sturrock by emailing should you have any specific access requirements.

Please book your ticket here and you will be sent a Zoom link and password to join the event the day before.

About Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network CiC (Glasgow CAN) is a non-profit organisation and the cultural hub for the advancement of Participatory Arts in the City.

Glasgow CAN CiC is invested in encouraging and maintaining public engagement, awareness and understanding of Participatory Arts in Glasgow. We facilitate skills and resource sharing, and the exchange of ideas, offering our Members and the wider community access to invaluable training, partnership and networking opportunities.

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