Answers to some good questions about The Stove Network

a. What is happening at 100 High Street?

  • The first stage of building works was led by Dumfries and Galloway Council and was completed in March 2015. This essentially made the building accessible for all by putting in a lift.
  • Stage Two of the building works was completed at the end of February 2016. This stage was led by The Stove Network and included transforming the bottom floor into a bespoke cafe, creating a stove office and multipurpose studio space. This work was funded by Creative Scotland, Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Ed Marshall Trust.

b.      What is planned for 2016?

  • We plan to deliver a programme of arts events inside and outside the building.
  • In addition there will be a programme of smaller events, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, gigs etc in The Stove building.
  • See our events calender for upcoming events and activity

c.      What is special about the Stove café?

  • A bespoke cafe on the ground floor of the building is central to the vision for 100 High Street as an accessible arts space for the general public and as a meeting place for the public.
  • The café is more than just a simple café, it offers additional benefits for the town … e.g. late night opening, events and gigs, training and social enterprise, local sustainable food policy.
  • We commissioned the arts collective Open Jar to help research the vision for the ‘café’. Open Jar consulted with food producers and other people locally with an interest in food policy, training, education, health, etc.
  • The café is run by the Stove charity, and we contract Colin Green to manage the café on our behalf. Colin was appointed after a fully open public tendering process.

d.      I am interested in renting a space in The Stove – what is planned in this regard?

  • Ailsa is leading on the rental of spaces in the building please contact her about this – ailsa@thestove.org.
  • There are be 3-4 offices for rent in The Stove – these are aimed at small creative business/arts organisations – they are not traditional studio spaces.
  • In addition, we are hiring out areas of the building for workshops and events, etc. If this is something you are interested in, it would be very useful to hear the kind of ideas you have for using the space. There is a) large workshop room (approx 8m x 5m) and b) part of or all of the ground floor space (depending on the time of day and in negotation with the café).

e.      I heard that The Stove Network is a Regularly Funded Organisation by Creative Scotland does this mean we are rich?

  • No – unfortunately not. Whilst it is great news that we have the ongoing support of Creative Scotland and the security of being able to rely on a sum of money for the next three years we were actually awarded only a small percentage of our core running costs and yearly programming costs. This means that we still have a mountain to climb in earning the money The Stove Network and the Stove building needs to keep going.

f.      Can I bring a project proposal to The Stove for them to help fund/produce it?

  • YES – definitely! We want The Stove Network to be a catalyst for people to do amazing things – in the region, nationally and internationally. However, there is a process that proposals brought to The Stove Network will go through. The Stove has a position on the kind of work that it makes and supports. This position is applied by the Curatorial Team when deciding whether we can take your idea forward. Please read our Artistic Policy.
  • As we move into the next phase of the organisation we will be expanding the way we work – to this point all Stove Network projects have been led by someone from the Curatorial Team – we expect this to change from now on and that The Stove Network will be able to support other artists in developing projects using the support structures that The Stove Network can provide.

g.       Who/what is the Curatorial team? Can anyone join? How?

  • The current Curatorial Team is the group of artists who started The Stove Network and who have steered it to the position it is now in.
  • There are currently four members of the CT – Katie Anderson, Matt Baker, Katharine Wheeler and Martin Joseph O’Neill.
  • If anyone wants to join the CT they should get in touch with the Stove Network through the main address – info@thestove.org.
  • Please see Curatorial Team Roles & Responsibilities for more info about how the CT functions and how you can apply to join.

h.          How do I approach The Stove Network to find out more about what they are doing and how I can get involved?

i.          What is blueprint100?

  • We have been inspired by the number and quality of the younger people who have been drawn into working on The Stove Networks projects. We recognised that the time gaps between projects didn’t really work for these young people so we contacted some youth workers we know (Sleeping Giants) and asked their advice. The idea of a ‘youth wing’ of The Stove Network was then born.
  • blueprint100 is a loose group of young people (from 18-30) interested in working creatively and have already been delivering projects together.
  • They are supported by Sleeping Giants, an artist from the Curatorial team, and members of the wider Stove Network as suited to their current projects.
  • We hope that blueprint100 will become a major feature of The Stove building in 100 High Street and are looking for ways to expand the activities and opportunities for the group. We want The Stove Network to be a stepping stone for younger creative people to build careers in the arts (whether as artists or producers or administrators) we want D+G to be one of the premier places in Scotland to gain experience in the arts and build careers.

j.     Is The Stove political?

  • The Stove is completely neutral with regard to Party Politics. We will engage with politicians in working towards our aims and objectives, however The Stove will never express support for any politician or political party. Read the rest of our political policy here