Cultural consultation under way for Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched a major consultation exercise on the future of cultural development in the region.

The Council, together with several project partners including DG Unlimited, the advocacy organisation for the arts sector across the region, are encouraging individuals and community organisations to participate in the exercise. The consultation is linked to the research and preparation of a new Culture Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.

There will also be consultation at Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway’s July roadshows.

The Strategy, which is to be prepared by the end of the year, is likely to propose that the region can become renowned internationally for the quality of our cultural assets and creativity, and that culture is an important contributor to individual and community wellbeing.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee said: “There is a wealth of creative talent and cultural heritage in our region and the new Cultural Strategy will seek to highlight what a fantastic place Dumfries and Galloway is for the arts. It will also help unlock the potential for culture to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

Cathy Agnew, chairwoman of DG Unlimited, the independent charity which champions the region’s arts, added: “Artists and cultural organisations across Dumfries and Galloway have a really important contribution to make to the Cultural Strategy and to the quality of life in our region. Together with the Council we have put together a programme of opportunities where people can have their say in helping to shape the new Cultural Strategy. We have so many strengths to build on, and this new strategy is a great chance for us to showcase the diversity, range and vibrancy of cultural activity taking place throughout our region.”

The consultation programme lasts until 18 August and includes:
• Focus Groups – for industry professionals and interested members of the public, bookable online
• Online Questionnaire – for people working in the region’s cultural sector, including volunteers
• Run Your Own Focus Group – download the resource pack to help you run a session with your group or organisation
• Facebook – take part in our quick and easy polls and send us your pictures/comments

The Cultural Strategy Focus Group Schedule

July 9 Visual Arts Stranraer Stranraer Library 14:00 – 16:00

July 9 Literature Wigtown Wigtown County Buildings 18:00 – 20:00

July 10 Heritage Dumfries Dumfries Museum 18:00 – 20:00

July 17 Music Dumfries Georgetown Library 18:00 – 20:00

July 18  Festivals / Events Dumfries The Bridge 18:00 – 20:00

July 24 Performing Arts Dumfries The Bridge 18:00 – 20:00

July 25  Art in Public Spaces Dumfries The Stove 15:00 – 17:00

July 25  Literature Annan Annan Museum 15:00 – 17:00

July 26  Visual Arts Dumfries Gracefield Arts Centre 10:00 – 12:00

August 1  Performing Arts Stranraer Ryan Centre 14:00 – 16:00

August 6 Community Cinema Dumfries Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre 12:00 – 14:00

August 7 Heritage Stranraer Stranraer Library 14:00 – 16:00

Places are limited and can be booked at dg-cultural-strategy.html