Ayr Gaiety is one of twenty-three projects in Scotland that make up The Culture Collective, a pilot programme establishing a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.
The programme supports a participatory approach, working collaboratively to actively engage people in shaping the cultural life of their community. With Covid-19 impacting significantly on the creative sector, the Cultural Collective allows organisations like The Gaiety to adapt, respond and explore new ways of working in the community.
The Gaiety’s Culture Collective Programme has been off to a great start with street work, door knocking and fun days in Wallacetown. Wallacetown residents, freelance artists and lead artist Jerry Taylor were busy enjoying a day full of parkour, visual art, learning how to DJ and so much more. Our community consultation in Wallacetown is nearing completing and we have more fantastic projects on the way, all taken from the needs and wants from the community. We are proud to be working alongside so many community partners in Wallacetown.
Our Champions Board project is well under way and the group have been working hard to create their next exciting project after having created monologues, podcasts and films in the past. The group meet fortnightly to take part in online creative writing workshops led by lead artist Fiona Evans. The group is currently looking at classical text that centres on narratives of care experienced people and how to adapt it for today focussing on their own personal stories too.
Our Dementia friendly theatre show is off and running, or should we say walking. The group are meeting weekly with our partners at Dementia Prestwick for a ‘walk and talk’ along the beautiful Prestwick beach. After the walk the group are also taking part in a zoom session which will be focusing on themes of storytelling, time, connection and place. The partners in this new Dementia Friendly show are ‘Fearless Players’ lead by the talented Shonagh Murray & Lydia Davidson.
As part of Culture Collective, we also have three fantastic projects starting soon in Girvan, Maybole and a project based in the region working with adults with learning disabilities, which are all currently in development.