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Soap Box project aims for creative success

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By Donald Turvill
Soap Box project aims for creative success

THE STOVE is preparing to launch ‘Soap Box’, a brand new project reaching out to under-the-radar artists and creatives who have suffered a year of lost opportunities.

The Dumfries community initiative is running a series of discussion panels, workshops and one-to-one tutorials led by its network of industry professionals, who will teach their best practices for achieving success in their respective fields.

Funded by Skills Development Scotland as part of the National Transition Training Fund, ‘Soap Box’ will run from mid-March to mid-April, and The Stove Network invites anyone who finds themselves itching to know more about pursuing a career in the arts and creative industries.

Martin O’Neill, creative director for The Stove Network, commented: “Soap Box is an amazing opportunity for our community to learn, get together and share ideas.

“It’s for everyone from small businesses to start-ups, freelancers and those curious to find out more about the world of digital media. It comes at a vital point for our region, where we’re ready to build back better after the pandemic.”

Sessions will be delivered over video conferencing due to Covid-19. Those wishing to attend and take part should subscribe to The Soap Box’s mailing list at, which will notify interested parties of the full programme of events as they are announced.

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