During the year November 2016 to October 2017, SWAN hosted new and creative networking events in format and substance. Amongst these there were some significant highlights:
WEDNESDAY 3RD AUGUST 6:30PM 2016
ROSE AND GRANTS, 27 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5EZ
Outspoken Arts Scotland is the new name for the former annual Glasgay! festival. Outspoken Arts Scotland will be bringing new equalities focussed work to venues in Scotland. Outspoken Arts Scotland also features year-round and seasonal work by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists and communities. Outspoken Arts wish to focus on the development of new voices and women writers, LGBT ethnicity in the visual arts in Scotland, explore stereotypes in contemporary literature and fiction and to create genuine professional opportunities for the work of LGBT artists to be enjoyed by wider audiences across Scotland.
THURSDAY 14 JULY 2016 7:00PM 2016
68 VIRGINIA STREET, GLASGOW, G1 1TX
SWAN is pleased to announce a summer social event at Delmonicas, 68 Virginia Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1TX on Thursday July 14th jointly hosted and sponsored by Enterprise Rent a Car. Enterprise is a corporate sponsor of SWAN. Buffet will be provided. Their Regional Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Paul McCorkell welcomes you all: " We look forward to seeing everyone for a relaxed evening on the July 14th and invite friends old and new to come along."
FRIDAY 1ST JULY 6:30-8:00PM 2016 (FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING)
TRAVERSE THEATRE BAR, 10 CAMBRIDGE ST, EDINBURGH EH1 2ED
On Friday, July 1st at 18:30 SWAN and Creative Scotland in association with the Traverse Theatre will host an event focussing on the work of LGBT Youth Scotland.At the event LGBT Youth Scotland will tell us about the work that they do including leading on LGBT History Month in Scotland as well as their Creative Scotland funded Cultural Commissions which will award two grants of £7,000 to support two artists to carry out a Commission in the area of LGBTI history in 2016 - 2017.The event will be featuring a special preview reading from James Ley’s fantastic new play ‘Love Song for Lavender Menace’. Edinburgh-based playwright James Ley was the 2015 recipient of LGBT History Month Scotland’s Cultural Commissions Award. James has spent the year working on this thought-provoking and evocative new play.
SWAN was delighted to host a special evening at The Glasgow School of Art on Thursday March 17th. Guests had the opportunity hear more about the School’s plans for the future, in the wake of the tragic fire in Spring 2014, at the historic Mackintosh building. The Mackintosh building was voted as the best British building of the last 150 years in a Royal Institute of British Architects poll. The event was a great success with lively conversation being held between the attendees, fuelled by excellent canapés. The event was held in the striking Reid Building, which overlooks the Mackintosh Building and opened the same year as the fire. Named after Dame Seona Reid, it is the only building in the estate named after a woman. GSA has always played a vital role in LGBT culture. The impact of GSA graduates is seen internationally and there has always been particular interest in the work of openly gay animator Norman McLaren, a figure who challenged convention in his work and life. SWAN guests will have the opportunity to view work by McLaren and discover fragile political print ephemera from the 1970s-80s which was saved in the fire.
THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY 18:00-20:00 2016
JUNIOR ROOM, AUGUSTINE UNITED CHURCH, 41 GEORGE IV BRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1EL
The theme of LGBT history month this year was faith, religion and philosophy and we were delighted to visit Augustine United Church to hear from two of their pastoral team, Fiona and Maxwell, about the work they are doing with their LGBT congregation members. It's not always an easy journey bringing together LGBT and faith communities, but Augustine have worked sensitively to involve and support everyone and work for justice in their local community. We were able to hear what they've been up to and had the chance to discuss the often-thorny issues when faith and LGBT communities meet.