#CreativeConnect November 2021. Climate Change, Art & Activism

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Relaxed, friendly & free networking event for creatives. This month's talk theme is climate change, art & artivism with Samantha MacGregor

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Glasgow CAN's #CreativeConnect sessions are designed to be an informal way to connect with other Participatory Artists and Organisations in Glasgow. Each month we facilitate some relaxed networking activities and bring on board a guest speaker who delivers a 20 minute talk at the event about their practice, project or organisation, giving you the opportunity to learn and ask questions. It's the perfect environment to connect with peers, meet new faces and strengthen your network and knowledge of what's happening in the world of Participatory Arts. You do not have to be a Glasgow CAN member to join in.

This month, in relation to COP26, we are joined by Samantha McGregor, the artist and facilitator behind Funkyard Arts. Samantha was funded through Glasgow CAN's Youth Arts Small Grant Scheme to deliver a project in partnership with Woodlands Community Garden. Samantha will discuss how the project brings together community, art and activism by encouraging young people to make banners to protest climate change for COP26.

"Over the last few years climate change has become a more and more pressing issue for many young people, and it’s important that their voices are heard. Plastic as a by-product of the petroleum industry is a significant pollutant that degrades into eco systems and food chains. As an artist, plastic bags, are also attractive as a cheap material and the fact it often comes in bright colours, with patterns and text and these can be recontextualised through collage and plastic fusion to create both individual and collective banners with slogans to protest climate change. Working in partnership with Woodlands Community Garden has given me the opportunity to connect not only with my local community but also to participate within a broader more international programme of events around COP26. This includes having a group represented at the Glasgow Day of Action for Climate Justice march on 6th November 2021. In addition to Woodlands Community Garden, I’ll be working with a local secondary school, Hillhead High, within their sustainability programme delivering workshops with S1, S2 and S4 pupils. The expression Think Global Act Local, feels very appropriate in the context of the project."

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!

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The Zoom link will be sent to attendees in advance of the event. For any technical problems, please email

This event is for ages 16+ and will be held online. You will need a good internet connection and a laptop/computer/mobile device to join us.

There will be no more than 30 attendees. Participation is optional and you are more than welcome to leave your camera and microphone off if you would prefer.

If you have any specific access requirements please indicate when reserving a ticket and we will do our best to meet any requests. For example, we can arrange for a BSL interpreter if needed.

Events may be recorded so please let us know in advance if you would not like to be featured in this.


This event is FREE. You do not need to be a member of Glasgow CAN to attend. If you have any specific access requirements such as a BSL interpreter please email or call 07595554579 and leave a message with contact information and we will get back to you if we can't answer the call. Please allow at least one week for us to make these arrangements for you to attend.

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Glasgow Connected Arts Network is the city’s artistic and cultural hub. Glasgow CAN 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 access to invaluable training opportunities. We encourage collaboration and connection between artists and communities across Glasgow, and we regularly fund arts projects which seek to reach and engage new audiences.

We aim to increase participation and learning in arts projects, to promote and advance the economic, social and cultural development of Glasgow, and reflect the diverse communities within it.

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