Luck or Fate?

Posted on February 20, 2015

At the start of 2015 I was asked to work on the Gretna 100 project with Citizen Curator and Out Of The Blue to curate and design an exhibition about the the 1/7th Royal Scots who were stationed at The Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street before marching of to advanced training in Falkirk. I will be working with their research group whose work to date has inspired a new play that will take place  on the anniversary of the Gretna Rail Disaster in May. ...

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Everything begins and ends with a story…

Posted on January 7, 2015

Some great comments in our Away Being visitor's book this week. After our musical launch on Sunday when the EYG Big Band played to 150 guests and a dog the pop-up exhibition continues in Gallery 1 at St Margaret's House until Saturday 10-4pm. More images of the launch of our Enterprise Music Scotland commission by Big Band Dad and photographer Mark Archibald

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Wild sporrans will be tamed.

Posted on December 4, 2014

Wild sporran's will be tamed at Edinburgh Palette's fashion show tomorrow night as St Margaret's House struts its stuff. I've a great bunch of volunteer models who have all taken to their 'strangely wearable hats' and Ness the dog will  make her debut in her pierrot collar plus a couple of the cutest wee 'moths' you'll ever meet. Prices on request and bespoke hats can be commissioned.

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Our Area in the First World War

Posted on November 22, 2014

The learning team at Callendar House put on a wonderful display at Bo'ness Hippodrome this week. It was great to meet up with the pupils of Laurieston Primary that we worked with earlier this year and to see theirmemory boxes on display. The six new boxes created in community workshops looked at life in Falkirk on the home front and some interesting stories came to light. Thank you to all at Falkirk Community Trust for the opportunity to work on ...

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Leaving Home, Away Being and Coming Home

Posted on November 21, 2014

As curator at The Thrive Archive I am currently busy working on our pilot project Coming Home. The first phase of the project will conclude with a 'gatherin' in Edinburgh on January 4th to showcase our new music commission from Scottish composer and musician Mike Vass funded by Enterprise Music Scotland. Mike and I have been working with the amazing young musicians of Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Big Band who recently supported the fabulous K...

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New York appreciates Yorkshire talent.

Posted on June 6, 2014

  A good review in the New York Times as Arrivals and Departures opens in the big apple. The Ayckbourn Ensemble are playing in the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59. Photo credit Tony Bartholomew.  

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Sisters push off!

Posted on April 22, 2014

The railway platform at Hawes was the perfect length to sing the first verse of Daisy Daisy (the infamous song written for the beautiful Daisy Bell). Sisters Rachel and Katherine Welford took to the saddle/s and were naturals. The push off is important, as you need speed and power to maintain balance with the extra weight on the back, once the second set of pedals gain momentum its full steam ahead.

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