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Surfing on a wave of success

Broomhill Project nominated for SURF Award.

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RIG Arts, the socially engaged arts charity based in Greenock, is delighted to be finalists in the SURF Regeneration Awards category: Creative Regeneration with its Broomhill Project.

The Broomhill Project is a publicly engaged arts project, which connects local residents and artists, to create physical artworks, events and performances. River Clyde Homes provide a designated Art Flat in the heart of the Broomhill, free of charge, to hold workshops and events. The Art Flat has now become a local hub and a regular meeting place for people in the community.

Having assessed more than 65 applications across five categories, judges from SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) will be visiting finalists in the coming weeks. River Clyde Homes, as a major contributor to the project, will be interviewed about the contribution creative regeneration makes to the area. 

Karen Orr, Artist/Manager at RIG Arts, said: 

“I am delighted that RIG Arts ‘Broomhill Project’ has been shortlisted for the Creative Regeneration SURF Award. It’s great to get recognition for the hard work being undertaken using creativity and innovation to build community spirit, to involve residents in the regeneration process and to cast a positive light on the area.” 

Kirsty Morrison, Head of Customer Services, Central said: 

“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with RIG Arts. Broomhill is one of the biggest regeneration projects in Scotland at the moment, and the Broomhill Project is a brilliant initiative that brings the Broomhill Community closer together and meets our aims, through creative regeneration, of developing a long term sustainable community. River Clyde Homes wishes RIG Arts luck in this exciting award.”

Running since 1998, the SURF Awards are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration. The awards highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on the 7 December by a Scottish Government Minister at the 2017 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

To date, Rig Arts have secured over £300,000 towards creative projects in Broomhill including murals, community gardens, and artist residencies. The Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association and local schools have proved valuable partners throughout the project and funders include Creative Scotland, Riverside Inverclyde, Awards for All, Heritage Lottery, Tesco Groundworks, Peoples Post Code and Climate Challenge Fund.