Media Release: Get involved in Scotland’s first Voluntary Arts Week, 6-14 May 2011


Over two million people in Scotland take part in the arts and crafts – we think it’s time to celebrate!

Friday 6th – Saturday 14th May 2011

TAKING place for the first time this year, Voluntary Arts Week is a chance for the many arts and crafts groups in Scotland to celebrate their activities – and encourage others to join them.

Throughout Scotland, there are drama groups, orchestras, choirs, knitting circles, dance troupes, painting groups and more, meeting up every week to enjoy themselves, help others learn and bring their local communities together.

Voluntary Arts Scotland supports these groups and their endeavours – and is holding the inaugural Voluntary Arts Week to showcase their activities to the rest of the country.

We know how beneficial arts and crafts participation can be to people, and we’d like to spread the word.

We’re asking groups throughout Scotland to:

  • Hold a taster session to see if others might like to join them
  • Run an open rehearsal so people can see how a show/concert is put together
  • Put on a special exhibition of their members’ work
  • Take their art/craft form out into the street, local shopping centre or bus station

Or anything else that celebrates their work. The possibilities are endless . . . . !

More information about Voluntary Arts Week, and how to get involved, can be found at

Notes to editors:

  • Voluntary Arts Week is being run by Voluntary Arts Scotland, which is part of Voluntary Arts, the UK-wide development agency for the voluntary arts.
  • Voluntary Arts Scotland’s executive officer, Fiona Campbell, is available for interview on tel: 0131 225 7355 / 07951 918366 or email:
  • Voluntary Arts Week is funded by the People Making Waves ‘Make a Splash’ programme. People Making Waves is part of The Scottish Project, which will create a cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Scotland. It is supported by Legacy Trust UK and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


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Contact: Cassandra Barron
Phone: 0131 225 9790