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Beyond 2020/Reflect with us Pop Up Events May/June 2023

We invite you to join us at our

Beyond 2020: Community Reflections/Reflect with Us Pop-up Events

To share music, oral history interviews, a photographic exhibition and creative writing from two projects which have taken place in 2021-23.

Montgomerie Hall, Eaglesham, Thursday 25 May 12pm – 4pm

Duff Memorial Hall, Busby, Tuesday 13th June, 12pm – 4pm

Thorntree Hall, Thornliebank, Friday 16th June, 12pm – 4pm

No need to book, drop in any time, refreshments available

The Arts & Heritage and Libraries Teams at East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure have worked on two key projects to document the experiences of the communities in East Renfrewshire since the Covid pandemic.

Reflect with Us: Song writing project

The first project started in late 2021; East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, supported by Creative Scotland with funding from Scottish Government, delivered a song writing project, Reflect with Us.

The series of free workshops was offered at Thorntree Hall, Thornliebank which invited participants to explore their experiences and reflections on the period since the COVID-19 pandemic began through writing an album of songs.

Delivered by Ian Bustard and Rikki Traynor, the workshops helped participants learn about the song writing process, and encouraged them to create their own music, while building confidence and friendships.

They also worked with art therapist & community artist, Fiona Rich, to create their own album cover artwork.

Beyond 2020: Community Reflections

Our second project, Beyond 2020: Community Reflections, was supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund and invited people living and/or working across East Renfrewshire to share their stories of this remarkable point in time.

A fantastic team of volunteers received professional oral history training and went on to interview and record the experiences of over 40 people from all walks of life. Another group attended creative writing workshops and have produced new writing, which reflects their own experiences.

The project culminated in a touring exhibition, which has travelled around East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure venues, and a main exhibition on display at Eastwood Park Theatre. The stories featured in the exhibition were brought to life with photographic portraits by Wes Kingston.

Our Pop-up events will take these two projects into our communities where the exhibitions could not be displayed long term, and are open to everyone to come along and see the work that has taken place, chat to staff, volunteers and participants and share some refreshments.

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