“The arts have inspired, united and energised communities all over the world. From the accessibility of our European Cities of Culture to the spirit of the Venezualan Youth Orchestra people have enriched their lives through music, theatre and art.
In Craigmillar that lesson was learned four decades ago and I know its still as active today as when I came across it in the early seventies.
In a time of huge social change and despair we need that inspiration more than ever and I wish the World Community Arts Day every success.”

Bill Paterson




I am starting a new organisation called the Centre for Creative Communities web site to be launched soon. I thought I might launch it on Community Arts Day. I have also produced a guide to designing arts events in the community, the first of its kind.

Craigmillar Festival Society is still the basis of my work and I still feel
that my life has been guided by its example.



Arts & Communities Association, Scotland [also t/a Sharp Edge Arts]

Friday, 21 February 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Dundee , United Kingdom


Arts & Communities (A&C) is a charity registered in Scotland, as a platform and advocacy for good practice and theory for socially engaged artists. The organisation works with partners across Scotland to carry our aims forward and would like to invite you to take part in this ongoing process, beginning with the event Cultural Options for Scotland after 2014.

As the context A&C are looking at their creative work with people in Scotland and Showcasing Projects with Socially Engaged Artists: ‘Artists Finding Projects, Projects Finding Artists’

They will explore together what lies beyond the Independence vote, what we are trying to develop in Contemporary Community-engaged Creative Practice in Scotland and how an on-line resource could help prospective partners and agencies, to identify appropriate artists and methods.

Includes the AGM of Arts & Communities Association.


£10 Low or unwaged /£20 Full Time employed /£40 Agencies

Fees include membership of A&C until next AGM

To attend or for more information please click here.






Come on down to ISLAND Arts Centre and take part in a range of FREE arts activities to celebrate World Community Arts Day. We will have something for everyone from singing to dancing, pottery to printmaking, poetry to film screenings. Make sure your community group doesn’t miss out.

For more information or to register your group contact Lynda.


Willsmere Estate in Kew, Victoria, Australia

I have recently taken on the role as Artist in Residence at Willsmere Estate in Kew, Victoria, Australia. As part of the residency project I will be running Community Arts workshops with the people that reside at this residential estate.
The first Community Arts workshop will take place at the Community Room on Saturday the 15th of February 2014 from 1-4pm.
This workshop will coincide with World Community Arts Day – a global event which takes place each year in February.
I will be asking the community to collaborate with me, to produce an impression of a map of the estate.
I will have created the beginnings of works on paper before the workshop commences, and will offer it to those that take part. They can then select an area located on a map provided of the estate, or find a spot that is important to them, and begin adding to the artwork. This can be done over the workshop duration, or time can be spent over a period of days. How the work is approached is entirely up to the individual, and will further depict and contribute to a visual interpretation of the essence of community life, both personally and collectively.
All the works will then be arranged together as a large scale collage, forming a map.
This collaborative image will feature in the final exhibition of works for the residency program.
Materials will be provided on the day.
Please contact me for any further information on –
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Percy Poets Intercommunity Group and Craigmillar Archives Trust present “The Edinburgh Flyting 2014” to celebrate World Community Arts Day 2014.


Free entry to one of the most favourite and friendly bars in Edinburgh for poets and musicians, that is of course, the Persevere. Bar is open all night and serves great food too.


The Iliad and Odyssey existed as oral performances passed on over centuries before someone we now know as Homer thought to write them down. In Scotland and Ireland, the filidhean and the makars were elite performance poets, honoured guests of the Chiefs and the clans. Even slams today are nothing new.

The Scottish tradition of flyting dates from the 15th century, in which two makars would combat in a poetic joust, a furious contest of verbal abuse which combined extraordinary verbal dexterity with the most vulgar of insults. The most famous of these, the 16th century flyting between William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy in front of the Court of James IV of Scotland brought eye-watering new insults to the language.

Now the Percy Poets along with the kind assistance of the Craigmillar Archives Trust are reviving the Flyting for World Community Arts Day on WEDNESDAY 19th February at the PERSEVERE pub at the foot of Easter Road.
There are FOUR RULES.

1) The insults must be in poetic forms.
2) You don’t deliberately insult your opponent as a person anyone should hate.
3) You do not insult their body of work as being of bad taste or workmanship.
4) This is for FUN. Please remember that at all times. This is NOT a battle of badness but FUN!

There are limited places, so sign up NOW. All names will go into a hat and pulled out on the night so you do not know whom your first opponent is. Subsequent rounds will be by the winners.

A panel of Judges will be on hand with a timekeeper to decide and whittle things down to the top two. The winner will receive a prize and the title: Edinburgh Flyting Champion 2014.

You’ll need pencils and paper to make notes on your opponents as the rounds go on, so get practising with horrible insults, epithets and general slagging-off.
Be inventive … or may the offspring of a thousand fleas enter through your front door! And YOU can do better than that!

Come and join our regulars and let’s have a great Flyte!