As part of the annual event, "What can we do to make great physical performance in Scotland?"
Over the course of the day's activities, we were able to identify valuable places for performing art producers. We're now adding spaces for music performance, including the Quaker Meeting House, Leith Depot, Cellar bar, Skylight Bar and Sneaky Pete’s.
Participants identified North Edinburgh Arts as a decentralised, multi-artistic space, similar to Lyra theatre and Vision mechanics.
Participants also consider education centres important places, including Edinburgh Stage Management School/Edinburgh Lighting & Sound School, which works in collaboration with Queen Margarette University; Napier university, where acting, playwriting and directing is taught; and Leith school of arts at St James church. There is also value in high schools, which allows students extra programmatic activities such as specified in performative arts (music especially).
Community centres are significant, not only because of the contact with communities but also for the courses they offer. Tollcross Community Centre, Priestfield Church and Church Hill Theatre (or Merchiston Church), are high-value community centres that are threatened with disappearing. Aerial house is an interesting new space that aims to become a community centre accessible to deprived communities, considering that circus can heal people and work with anxiety issues, among other benefits.
About spaces considered as an obstacle but also an opportunity we identified two centres: First, Creative Scotland is seen as an opportunity but also as an obstacle regarding funding opportunities. Second, Pleasance 2 is seen as an obstacle for circus development because it opens only during The Fringe and the rest of the year is used as storage space, with circus infrastructure already installed.
More traditional spaces for performance such as ‘The Storytelling Centre’ and the ‘Traverse Theatre’ are highly valued by the community.
Overall, during this session we were able to identify a grade of fragility in the spaces that the community values and uses; these intensively face gentrification factors. Edinburgh University has sold important spaces such as the Old Forest Café and Big Red Door. ‘Teviot Depot’ and ‘Edinburgh Palette’, along with some community centres, are constantly threatened with disappearing due to an economic pattern that follows the demand for more accommodation, spaces for students and tourism rather than the artistic community. Through this map we will make visible those spaces and their significance.
Finally, temporal arts and festivals require performance people to commute from different places in the country; therefore for this activity, we not only received participants from Edinburgh, but also from Glasgow, Stirling and Sutherland. They have highlighted significant spaces for performance not only for the city but also for the whole country.