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Artist will help forge new connections in Lockerbie

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By Christie Breen
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Artist will help forge new connections in Lockerbie

LOCKERBIE Old School (LOS) has appointed artist Elizabeth Stephenson to develop new creative projects to involve the community.

LOS partnered up with the Stove Network at Dumfries to participate in the ‘What We Do Now’ project, which sees a community led approach that uses creative activity to support collective decision-making and positive change for people and the places they live.

The project, initially funded by Culture Collective, is one within a national network of socially-engaged, community-based creative practice across Scotland.

Elizabeth has worked across Dumfries and Galloway for 17 years, collaborating with people on their vocational and creative goals via mental health support roles and community art projects. She will use her background as a textiles technician to engage the community in new skills, utilising a dynamic creative practice to inspire and awaken new perspectives, ideas and hopes for the future.

Following the key themes of possibility, identity and re-connection, Elizabeth will work with key partners, community members and residents to inspire new connections between people in the town and through this for possible future identities to emerge which can be part of LoS’s ongoing work for the local community to take charge of its own future.

She said: “Making and mending things together can bring about new connections, ideas, and exciting projects. As part of the What We Do Now network, I’m really looking forward to learning from and contributing to the creative conversations unfolding in Lockerbie.”

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