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Keep up to date with the latest from Artlink Central's programmes and events. Opportunities and news for artists, participants and supporters of our work with education, criminal justice, care and healthcare sectors.

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Time - Celebrating World Mental Health day at Stirling University

Join Artlink Central and partners for a new exhibition of work created by people with a connection to or experience of mental health issues as we explore time and wellbeing.

Forming part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival in 2016, 'Time' brings together collaborative work by Lesley Anne Derks and Stirling Artspace participatory artists with Artlink Central, Iona Leishman and Reachout with Arts in Mind artists from Clackmannanshire as well as the Relief Cafe polaroid project. Supported by NHS Forth Valley, Stirling Council and the University of Stirling Art Collection, join us to celebrate creativity and mental health in time.

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Creating Conversations Sales and Marketing Executive

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Creating Conversations Sales and Marketing Executive

This is an exciting and challenging new role supporting a new social enterprise to bring a carefully designed and evaluated social activity product range to the health and social care sector, predominantly care homes and day centres supporting people diagnosed with dementia. The role will lead on all marketing, sales and operations for the new subsidiary of Artlink Central, Creating Conversations, a company limited by shares with a small board of Directors. Click on full post for more details.

The role is initially funded for up to three years, dependant on delivery against ongoing income targets, with a probation of three months.


Application is by CV with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role. Please outline your skills and experience against each requirement in the person specification.

The deadline for submissions is 12 midnight on 2nd September.

 

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Songs for Someone New

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Songs for Someone New

 Songs for Someone New is a collaboration between NHS Forth Valley, sound artist Mark Vernon, writer Nicola White and composer Bill Wells. Music performed by the National Jazz Trio of Scotland (Aby Vulliamy, Kate Sugden, Bill Wells and Gerard Black)

The project was commissioned by NHS Forth Valley’s Women & Children’s Unit and funded by a grant from the RVS and Artlink Central.    

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Call out to Forth Valley Military families!

Macrobert Arts Centre

Macrobert Arts Centre

Macrobert Arts Centre in association with Artlink Central presents an exciting creative opportunity with a small group of military families living within Forth Valley. You will all be working with Artist Jenny Wicks learning and using photography techniques to look at your own identity in your community.

 The artist will work alongside you to tell your own story through participatory family sessions informed by conversation, letters, personal stories, diaries and family photographs.

 Families will have the chance to learn new photography and audio processes together in order to create and share new images of families who have connection with military life in Forth Valley through sessions in August and September 2016.

This will result in a photographic and audio exhibition shown in Macrobert Arts Centre in October 2016 then onto Stirling Castle and other community locations.

If you would like to be part of this exciting project let us know and give us your contact details by 13th July 2016.           

Please contact:

Sarah Pearson      01786 450971     sarah@artlinkcentral.org

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The Investigator, the Craftsman and the Art Historian

The Investigator, the Craftsman

and the Art Historian.
 

Kate Seymour, MA will give

an illustrated lecture in two parts

 

11.00 – 11.45 - How pictures are made and investigated

 

11.45 - 1.00 - Light Lunch

 

1.00 – 1.45 - SRAL Conservation projects

 

Gartmore Village Hall,

Main St, Gartmore, Stirling FK8 3RW

 

On Friday 15th July

 

Tickets: £20: available from: 

 

Sarah Chester: chester.milton@talk21.com  

Mobile:  07984172266


Carol Seymour:  carolseymour666@gmail.com

Tel: 01786870710


All proceeds will go to The Sons of the Rock Society -
a unique local charity which offers financial support for a specific purpose to people in crisis.

It operates in the Stirling and Falkirk areas. For more details:

 

E: mail: info@sonsof the rock.org.uk

Web: www.sonsoftherock.org.uk

 

Scottish charity Number SC00912

 

Kate Seymour, MA

 

Kate Seymour is an art historian who received a Masters of Arts in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1999. She moved to the Netherlands in 1999 to work at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht (the Netherlands) as a painting conservator and is currently the Head of Education at this institution.

Her position entails supervising the practical and research work carried out by post-graduate students from the University of Amsterdam programme for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, as well as teaching and lecturing on a variety of subjects, both academic and practical, throughout the two year Master of Arts in Conservation Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

She also gives workshops to mid-career conservators in Russia in collaboration with the Dutch Inventory Foundation (SIC) in Omsk at the Vrubel Museum, as well as training young Indian Conservators in 'best practice' methodologies and standards during their residences at SRAL under the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Indian Ministry of Culture Fellowship programme.

Her interests include the structural treatment of both canvas and panel paintings, cleaning polychrome surfaces, filling and retouching systems and varnishing painted surfaces. In addition, Kate held the post of International Council of Museums - Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) Coordinator for the Working Group Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration, from 2008-2014, and remains active in this organisation as coordinator of the ICOM-CC Education and Training in Conservation Working Group.

 

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Calling for veterans to sculpt for healthcare settings in Forth Valley

Ex-servicemen and women who would like to re-focus their skills and try their hand at sculpting, are being recruited to make works of art for healthcare settings across Forth Valley.

Poster for The Workshop Project

In what’s known as the Workshop Project, they are being invited to work with sculptor Susheila Jamieson to enhance spaces in a meaningful and permanent way. The scheme will run through the first half of 2016 and is being funded through the Community Covenant Grant Scheme and NHS Forth Valley.

Up to ten volunteers are needed and the veterans will explore the University of Stirling art and sculpture collection to learn about manual and physical fabrication processes such as stone carving and 3D printing. Susheila will help them with design and it’s hoped to involve local school pupils to provide a creative technology element.

Artlink Central Director Kevin Harrison said: “This is our first creative programme with veterans as a focus, an issue that has been highlighted by NHS Forth Valley and the Community Covenant. We will be working with other organisations involved in supporting veterans to help take this forward and are keen to hear from any groups for individuals who are interested in taking part.”

Miss Tracey Gillies, NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Director and Lead for Veterans, added: “This exciting new initiative aims to harness the experience of local veterans to create new artwork which can then be enjoyed by patients, visitors and staff across Forth Valley.”

“It will also give those taking part an opportunity to develop new skills, build new social networks and take part in something which will have a lasting impact.”

Anyone interested in taking part or finding out more about the Workshop Project should contact Sarah Pearson at Artlink Central on 01786 450971 or email sarah@artlinkcentral.org by the end of January 2016. The aim is to have the artworks installed in Summer 2016.

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Save our Seats initiative donates Songs of Separation's Celtic Connections music tickets to Artlink Central beneficiaries

Songs of Separation brought together ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England, to create a recording which reflects on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song.

Taking place on the beautiful Isle of Eigg in June 2015, the musicians spent an intensive week rehearsing and recording, including site recordings at the two sites central to the ‘Big Women of Eigg’ legend.

The SoS musician team brought together the musical skills and ‘big thinking’ of Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, two of the UK’s most celebrated voices, Mary Macmaster and Kate Young, two boundary-breaking Scots, Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, from the award winning English ensemble Lady Maisery, Jenn Butterworth and Jenny Hill, brilliant backline players who have worked in both English and Scottish trad scenes, and Hannah Read, a New York-based musician who spent much of her childhood on the Isle of Eigg. It was an unforgettable week of wonderful music making and compelling discussion!

Songs of Separation are performing a gig on 24th January 2016, at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections and are partnered with Artlink Central to offer a unique opportunity to bring Artlink Central beneficiaries, many of home will never have attended a music festival, to this gig through generous acts of musical kindness by supporters of the SoS project.

So how did this come about?

"A random act of musical kindness

Songs of Separation recently received an intriguing email from a lovely man from the States. This is what he said:

My wife and I have been following SoS, and we’re eagerly awaiting your CD. However, it’s not likely we’ll be able to cross the ocean for one of your gigs, so I had this idea, and if you think it worthwhile, I’ll need help with the logistics. It’s an idea of making a connection where there’s separation.

The idea is that we buy tickets to a gig, to be given to someone deserving, who might otherwise not be able to attend…() perhaps the members of SoS could choose the recipients. I can also think of one or two other remote friends who might want to do this, and if they tell two friends, and so on and so on, we might be able to bring quite a few people in out of the cold. Worth considering? Please let me know.

We were really excited about this idea (it sort of ‘fits’ some of our themes around social capital) and we decided to do an experiment. We wondered if other people would like to buy tickets for someone else to attend the Songs of Separation gig on 24th January 2016, at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow?

How will we do this?

We have approached a brilliant, small organisation, Artlink Central, who work with groups of people who have support needs, enabling them to access high quality arts experiences. They run a range of programmes, co-designed with participants, working alongside professional artists, for children and adults with disabilities, mental health difficulties, people who have dementia and women leaving prison. Artlink Central have agreed to help us offer these tickets to people who would love to come along, and would gain something significant from the experience.

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We know the arts can have a profoundly positive impact, and we are profoundly thankful to anyone who chooses to take part in these ‘random acts of musical kindness’. The project is called ‘Save Our Seats’, a play on ‘Songs of Separation’s’ acronym. Thanks for saving a seat for someone else, who will really appreciate it."

- Sounds of Separation

Find out more about Songs of Separation - book tickets or save a seat!

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New Years' Honour for Carol Daphne Seymour, Artlink Central volunteer and trustee

Artlink Central are delighted to announce that Carol Seymour, who until very recently gave many years of voluntary service to support Artlink Central, both as a trustee from very early on in the charity's establishment, and as an ongoing community fundraiser, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2016, as described in coverage by the Stirling Observer

Julia Donaldson, Patron of Artlink Central, with Carol Seymour, 'Queen of the Volunteers' and Director Kevin Harrison at the 25th Anniversary of Artlink Central.

Julia Donaldson, Patron of Artlink Central, with Carol Seymour, 'Queen of the Volunteers' and Director Kevin Harrison at the 25th Anniversary of Artlink Central.

Carol has been instrumental in so much of Artlink Central's charitable activity working very closely from early on with previous director Sarah Chester to build the organisation's resources and supporter base. Using her talents, dedication and fantastic organisational skills to build up a strong community of volunteers, Carol was key in supporting our biennual Art off the Rock charitable art auctions, many bridge lunches and social events raising money for the charity, developing our annual Green Gallery Christmas Fair fundraiser with Becky Walker from Buchlyvie and even opening her own garden up to the public through Scotlands Gardens scheme.

Prior to supporting Artlink Central, Carol supported Riding for the Disabled for 25 years, introducing donkey rides for disabled children and adults in Stirlingshire.

Carol, her husband Mark and family have supported Artlink Central over many years with greater impact than can ever be quanitified, bringing in a whole range of local supporters and donors, establishing new initiatives and energising Artlink Central's fundraising activity.

On behalf of Artlink Central's board and staff we'd like to congratulate her on the receipt of this wonderful and hugely deserved honour, which recognises not just her own efforts, but those of a whole community of people who have long supported and given to support disadvantaged people in Forth Valley to have the opportunity to express themselve creatively, improve their wellbeing and be recognised for their talents.

Perhaps the best way we can celebrate the contribution of Carol to our organisation is to share in the words of our Patron, Julia Donaldson, who with her husband Malcolm, performed the following original song to recognise Carol at Artlink Central's 25th anniversary celebration recently:

The Carol Seymour Song

By Julia Donaldson (to the tune of the Davy Crockett song)

 

Artlink Central does sterling work,

Not just in Stirling but from Larbert to Falkirk,

And there isn’t a single shred of doubt

That there’s someone they couldn’t have done it without.


(Chorus, coming after every verse)

Carol, Carol Seymour,

Queen of the volunteers


Little Carol Daphne’s life began

Near a golf course in wild East Lo-thi-an.

She was good, she was happy, but her life lacked spark

Till she went to the races with a feller named Mark.


Before she came to us she made bouquets for brides.

She’s organised hundreds of donkey rides.

She’s the pride of Scotland’s Garden Scheme

And makes thousands of scones with lashings of cream.


She mustered an army round her kitchen table

Making candle after candle and label after label

For the Christmas Fair at the Green Gallery

With only a thank you for her salary.


Many were the sponsors who succumbed to Carol’s charms,

Many the acquaintances with twisted arms,

Many were the folk who drooled and lusted

For her famous sausages with honey and mustard.


Now Carol had a bodkin that was legendary.

It was sharp and stout as a bodkin should be.

It stitched up the Christmas turkey cock

And the screens of postcards for Art Off the Rock.


Carol, we’re gonna miss your friendly face

And all the scraps of paper for the data base.

Our hearts grew warm at the sight of you

Brandishing a newly dead pheasant or two.


For nearly twenty years she’s played a trusty part,

Presiding over Bridge and procuring art

But now she’s handing over those risky chores

While she spends more time with the Labradors.

 

 

 

 

 

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