Creative Dundee

Annual Amps Forum

Illustration by @theartofgavh

Join us to mark the end of 2020 and choose which Amps collaboration will get this year’s Community Idea Fund!

It’s almost time to say farewell to 2020 and what a better way to do it than spending a friendly and fun evening together – we’re looking forward to seeing at our annual Amps Forum!

Highlight of the Amps Community’s calendar of events, this social evening will be as casual as our weekly Amps Breakfasts, and is a great opportunity to connect with the wider community, through relaxed breakouts and casual chats.

This is also a chance to hear from the recently formed collaborations pitching for this year’s Community Ideas Fund – which is now at £2,000 – and then pick your favourite idea to be awarded the Fund! More about the ideas that will be presented on the night below.

Thursday 3 December 2020 //  7.00pm – 8.30pm

Tickets are free but booking is essential – this event is for Amps only, find out more about Creative Dundee’s Amps Community and how to become an Amp here!

Projects for the 2020 Community Ideas Fund include:

Taking Space will include a collaboration with young women from across the city to create and display a series of artworks/posters which will include short quotes from their experience of being be a young woman in Dundee by fellow Amps Hayley Blakeman, a community theatre artist whose interest is in creating space where peoples voices can be heard; Hidden Route, a young people theatre company, co-directors Lisa Williamson & Gemma Nicol are passionate about making ambitious theatre which draws inspiration from people, physical spaces and stories; and Barry Robertson, a signwriter/signmaker who also works with groups and communities in creating typographic messages as public art.

Homes Fit for Heroes will be the starting point of a combined oral history and creative writing project to explore 100 years of history of the Logie estate with current residents by fellow Amps Matthew Knights, a playwright and Artistic Director of Knights Theatre, also a poet and creative writing tutor with a strong interest in social history; Lynne Campbell, a folk singer and performer, who’s passionate about working with people to engage with local history and tradition; and Rachel Boyd, a MLitt Student at the University of St Andrews, studying History of Photography, and previously worked with The National Trust for Scotland.

Tactical Urbanism will be used as a co-design process which empowers people to physically prototype change in their communities through playful hands on workshops that promote happy, fair and sustainable neighbourhoods in the Hilltown area by fellow Amps Russell Pepper, who’s director of Open Close, a community interest company with healthy, sustainable streets at its heart; Manuela de los Rios, who’s the community garden mentor at the Maxwell Centre, designing and coordinating their outreach programme to maximise the Hilltown community’s potential and wellbeing; and Eilish Victoria, who’s designing and researching public spaces and services, and passionate about creating happy and sustainable cities with thriving communities.

Margins is a project using a creative intermedia strategy and aiming to create own voice representation for those who are marginalised in one or multiple ways by fellow Amps Euan Williamson, who’s a director, editor and videographer, he runs his own media company since 1990, and has recently created a project within UNESCO City of Design Dundee’s Code Souvenir A Day in Dundee; and Claire Gamble, who has a background in wildly different fields including DVD programming, graphic design, jewellery making and childcare, she also has a great imagination and wants to help other people feel valid and valuable.

Growing strong, Amps is a community of people who come together to share good creative practices and talk about current issues in the city. Since the early lockdown days, we have been meeting weekly to talk about our ways of working and to reflect on how we can collectively build on the future of the city – join us here!

The Amps Community Ideas Fund is a cash award each year to enable a new, creative and experimental collaboration between Amps. 50% of all Amps subscriptions goes towards the Fund, so the more Amps there are, the bigger the Fund is – help us grow the Fund by paying forward here!

The 2019 Fund was awarded to Laura, Louise, Pamela and Suzanne’s project, Put Your Stamp on Dundee – read more about how they brought their collaboration to life here.

Thanks to fellow Amps Gav Herron for the brilliant illustration, check his work: @theartofgavh

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