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Culture Cafe is a meeting and networking space for people working in the arts in the Moray area.

About Culture Café

Founded in 2011 as a meeting place for the local arts community, Culture Café brings together people who work in the arts who are interested in networking, sharing ideas, developing partnerships and peer support.

Culture Café has been used to launch projects, establish sector-wide strategies and introduce partners from health and social care, business and education.

Read the Culture Café Manifesto or find out how to host a Culture Café.

Host a Culture Café

Let’s begin by saying that there is no rigid format, all we ask is that your own event is in keeping with the ethos and ideas outlined in the Culture Café Manifesto

Culture Café is all about creating a mutually supportive environment in which arts and culture can flourish.

Full details for hosting a Culture Café or get in touch.

Culture Cafe Animateurs

March to September 2020

Culture Café ran two series of Animateurs (a programme supporting contemporary artists/creative practitioners who the COVID-19 crisis had negatively impacted) during a lockdown period in 2020. You can read more about the work of the past Animateurs here.

Culture Cafe Network – Current Projects

Through the National Culture Collective fund, currently Moray has two Collective programmes happening, with different partners working together as part of the Culture Café network.

Arts in Moray Collective, a new collective of four partner organisations, Dance North Scotland, Moray Arts Development Engagement (M:ADE), the Moray Way Association (MWA) and Wildbird, are hosting nine artists in residence to develop projects with a focus on both their own artistic development and on community engagement and collaborative practices. Click here for more information

Combine to Create, a new and collaborative programme of creative activities in Moray by Findhorn Bay Arts (FBA) and Artists. Six creative practitioners have been engaged to work closely with FBA, each other as a collective and with communities of people / place in Moray throughout 2021 / 2022. Click here for more information

Next Culture Café Event

There are no upcoming events.
Come and join us at the next Culture Cafe on Wednesday 30th March.This Culture Café is hosted by @circus_artspace in collaboration with the @we_are_hcc with a focus on artists’ socially engaged and participatory practices.The event coincides with the UHI’s Art and Social Practice MA Winter School in Inverness as well as Circus Artspace exhibitions CIANALAS and TERRAFABULATIONS (29 March - 2 April).The evening will focus on artists working creatively and collaboratively with communities in the Highlands. During this informal event you will have the chance to:• see the current exhibitions at Inverness Creative Academy
• enjoy a buffet style dinner
• meet new people
• participate in a series of provocations and group discussions around artists’ practices.The event will begin with a reception in the Gym Hall which will give attendees the opportunity to view two exhibitions by the Circus Artspace Graduate Associate cohort. We will then move to the Assembly Hall for the main part of the evening to enjoy a meal and conversation.Venue: Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills Building, Stephen's Street, Inverness, IV2 3JP- meet in the Gym Hall (side entrance off the car park) to see the Circus Graduate Associates’ exhibitions followed by dinner in the Assembly Hall. Please note there are limited car parking facilities.Access: three disabled parking spaces on site, wheelchair accessible via ramped entrances and lifts throughout the building. Please email hello@circus.scot to discuss any access requirements in advance.The event is free, however booking is essential as places are limited.
Booking link available in bio.
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Lovely image from last months ‘Open Studio’ Culture cafe event with @morayschoolofartThank you to everyone that came and looking forward to the next culture cafe - info coming shortly..
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@morayschoolofart Second-year Fine Art students invite you to their ‘Open Studio’ event at Moray School of Art.An evening to meet and hear from the cohort, connect through and explore art, with good food and beverages provided.Join them at Moray School of Art on TUESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm.Event is free but booking is essential - register via the link in our bio.
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Happy Holidays Everyone!It’s been a challenging year.
Your contributions and perspectives make every year a better year, but we are especially thankful in 2021 for you and for the power of art in our community.This year has brought many challenges, but also perspective, time to pause, perseverance, flexibility and space to appreciate what matters.Be safe, be kind to yourself, let this time unfold as it is, and take a moment to acknowledge all you’ve achieved.Sending love and Festive wishes to you all. We look forward to connecting with you again in the New Year.
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Thank you to very one that came out this week to our first in person culture cafe in a while - It was really lovely to be in a room with people again, sharing food, laughter and our passion for the creative arts.Let’s do it again!Want to host a culture cafe? Get in touch via our website or by email at info@culturecafe.scot - we look forward to hearing from you.
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Looking forward to AIM’s Culture Cafe tonight - 5.30pm at Planta Cafe in Elgin.Tickets still available - booking link in our bio and on our website. Come join us for some tasty food and chats 🙂In the meantime here is an image from past Culture cafe event from 2015 🙂
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Want to know what Culture Café is all about? Have a look at our Manifesto for a little insight.Founded in 2011 as a meeting place for the local arts community, Culture Café brings together people who work in the arts who are interested in networking, sharing ideas, developing partnerships and peer support.You can read more about Culture Café and the Manifesto on our website - link in bio!
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For this Culture Cafe, the Arts in Moray (AIM) Collective invite you to join them for some tasty food and informal conversations where AIM partners, Artists in residence and Culture Café members can connect and engage.Arts in Moray Collective comprises of four local organisations: Dance North Scotland, Moray Arts Development Engagement (M:ADE), Moray Way Association (MWA) and Wildbird. The ethos of the project is to champion fairness, transparency, agency, equity and collaboration across its members, and aims to engage a network of creative practitioners and communities within Moray – hosting at least eight artist residencies from June 2021 to September 2022.This Culture Cafe will offer the opportunity to hear about the Arts in Moray Collective programme, meet some of the Artists in Residence, to ask questions, as well as being an opportunity for informal conversations, networking and connection.Join us at @planta.cafe.elgin for a vegetarian buffet on TUESDAY 30th NOVEMBER from 5.30-8.30pm.Event is free but booking is essential - get your ticket via the link in our bio.
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Movement workshop opportunity through @dancenorthscot this weekend with @sineadhargan and @anyasirina :
Saturday 2nd October
10am - 4.00pm
Findhorn Village CentreSeeking Spaces Eroded Workshop is an opportunity to connect with other artists to explore what working with the sea, the tide and time can offer our practices. The workshop is open to artists and recent graduates who use dance or movement in their work.Sinéad Hargan and Anya Sirina are artists in residence at Dance North from 20 September – 2 October.
This residency is part of their year-long research project, Seeking Spaces Eroded, an exploration into performance making at tidal sites: spaces of a shifting and changing nature that reflect the ephemeral qualities of performance itself.For full information and to book, click the link in @dancenorthscot bio.
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How do we maintain public creative practice when there is no public?
FREE BUT PLEASE REGISTER
For more information and to register go to https://www.culturecafe.scot/event/what-is-public/This Culture Café is one of a series in which residents of the Creative Work Shop programme, produced by @findhornbayarts , will share experiences of their residencies based on Forres High Street.
This time David Sherry, Robbie Coleman & Jo Hodges, share their experiences of their residency through ongoing pandemic lockdowns.
How can artists with a public /social practice work when the ‘public’ are subjected to a lockdown? Where is ‘public space’? Where are the public and how can artists engage?
For more information and to register go to https://www.culturecafe.scot/event/what-is-public/
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