Another wee while has flown by since the last slightly random summary of CCSE blog activity; we have tentatively emerged from COVID restriction, endured unusual summer heat and enjoyed another season of outdoor sports. To accommodate a winter World Cup, football has made an early start. And, the CCSE blog has continued to tick over, providing a space for record and reflection of cultural, sporting and event related activity ongoing at the locally and nationally.

 

Glasgow hosted COP 26, giving rise to the unusual sight of US President Biden’s motorcade sweeping through Finnieston. At CCSE, this particular viral moment went unmarked, however, we noted the arrival of the Summit and took a short paddle into the shallows to discover some of the podcasts exploring issues pertaining to climate, culture, sports and events. After things had calmed somewhat and presidential and other delegates had moved on, our colleague Dr Sandro Carnicelli was able to catch up with Creative Carbon Scotland’s Caro Overy and Romane Boyer for a #CCSEConversation, to further delve into the issues around festivals, events and the climate emergency.

Next up, doctoral researcher Niclas Hell discussed his pending internship opportunity at the Scottish Government which meant that while out of the office, he would not be working from home and Renfrewshire Council’s Karen Nowland provided insight into one of the ways that the Council is continuing to recognise and incorporate arts and cultural participation into their wider service remit through Arts and Cultural Engagement Participation Support for Vulnerable Children and Young People.

Artists Rachel Lowther and Kerry Stewart gave a moving account of the community based work they undertook to realise the Glen Cinema Memorial for which they won the commission in 2019. Their finished artwork was unveiled at Hawkhead Cemetery at the end of November last year. PACE Theatre’s Grant Mason once again foregrounded culture and community in his summary of the ways in which positive creative and cultural experiences can transform social, educational and wellbeing outcomes for young people – particularly to those most disadvantaged.

Tournament director and IMG Senior VP of Tennis, Lui Carvalho gave an open lecture, Organizing Tennis Events Globally, to get things rolling in the New Year. Dr Carlton Brick took the Dry Train to Newcastle en route to the Battle of Ideas in London. Meanwhile, PhD researcher Lan Pham, Questioned the Way we Do Culture in Scotland, reflecting on observations in Paisley regarding where and how cultural activities meet health and wellbeing activities and, Future Paisley’s Grand Conversaziones series got underway with entreties from The Wellbeing Economy Alliance’s Dr Katherine Trebeck and Gillian Steel – Creative Director of ReMode – to carefully consider the route out of the moment of pause to which the pandemic has given rise; Don’t Just Patch – Have a Revolution / Begin by Sewing on a Button.

Inspite of a busy schedule, Lan also took a moment to Look Back and appreciate How Far she’s Come Already; placing their development as a researcher into context provided by an internship opportunity with Scottish Government’s Justice Analytical Services. UWS Master’s student and wheelchair athlete, Gemma Lumsdaine, shared her view on The Challenges of COVID and the Effect of the Pandemic on Physical Activity in Adaptive Sport reflecting on the ways that the already challenging accessibility landscape was altered by the onset of the pandemic.

 

We recapped our recent #CCSEConversations and Prof Gayle McPherson discussed the dissemination of the work we undertook for Spirit of 2012 and the Local Trust looking at the Social Value of Community Event. Lighting artist and lecturer, Trent Kim, penned an update on his project – undertaken with Dr Rachael Flynn – which seeks to raise awareness of Paisley School of Art and the desire to establish formal arts education in the town that can be traced back to 1836. Aileen Crawford marked the re-opening of the Burrell Collection after a period of closure exceeding 5 years! Xavier Villanueva cast a glance back over some of the achievements of the Hera-funded FESTSPACE project, and PhD research student Marlene Zijlstra reflected on the embodiment of regeneration, considering senses we engage with when traversing and existing in spaces and how different spatial features can determine quality of living; providing an opportunity for a bit of reflective calm in the lead up to a busy period at CCSE which saw us host two online symposia in three days.

The first of our events brought together internationally recognised expertise and experience to discuss a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events: Insights from Research and Practice, our second brought together an august group to give insights into localism and a re-evaluation of the future of culture, events and tourism.

As ever, we are hugely grateful to our blog contributors for their continued efforts to capture some of their experience in writing and, we’re delighted to be able to publish these insights here on the blog.