What We Do Now is a regional arts project within a nationwide network coordinated by Creative Scotland entitled Culture Collective. It is a bold, collaborative project working with artists, creative freelancers, communities and local anchor organisations across Dumfries & Galloway to inspire and ignite new imaginative possibilities for and about the communities involved.
Artists Hope London and Rory Laycock have been commissioned to work in Stranraer until the end of July 2022. Working through the Stranraer Millennium Centre, they are designing creative playful activities, a chance for local people to help shape the vision for regeneration of their town.
The Stranraer Colouring Book is one of the first projects. It will be distributed free. The Colouring Book focusses on buildings and sites identified by local people because of their past significance and underuse, neglect or decay in the present. Some have become eyesores that disempower the community. What We Do Now aims to address these issues directly and pave the way to a better future. Everyone is encouraged to fill the colouring book with their drawings, comments and ideas and take it to the Millennium Centre.
One page at a time, or all in one go. Imagine, Create, Document & Change your community.
About the Artist
Hope London believes in the transformative power of the arts to make life better and loves working with people to unleash their creative potential.
Based in Dumfries & Galloway for twenty years, native New Yorker Hope is an artist, musician, writer, performer, teacher and co-creator of award-winning arts-based education programmes.
About the Artist
Rory Laycock was born in Oxford and grew up in Langholm, Scotland.
He worked as a Design Assistant and Moulding Technician at the commercial sculpting company ‘Border Fine Arts’, leading and continuing into his studies from 2008 to 2016, at the University of Cumbria. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2014.
He explores with communities how play and participation shapes the shared vision of the public’s future.