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Maggie M. Broadley
A graduate of the Ceramics Department of the Glasgow School of Art, I launched CoCreate in June 2017. A collaborative, interdisciplinary practice, I am re-establishing my ceramics studio whilst enthusiastically championing the role of craft, creative and community development. I have a particular interest in supporting local people, communities and organisations to work with artists, designers and makers on creative, entrepreneurial and regeneration projects.
As part of my commissioned portfolio, I’m currently working with Dumfries & Galloway Unlimited (DGU) as its Development Officer. DGU is the day-to-day operating name of the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts. A membership organisation, it works with, and provides a voice for, Dumfries and Galloway’s creative sector. DGU champions and advocates the vital role creative practitioners and organisations play in contributing to the wellbeing of our communities and economy. https://www.dgunlimited.com/distil.html
Formerly Executive Director of Craft Town Scotland, a community-led creative regeneration project based in West Kilbride, I gained significant experience of strategic and project development, fundraising, management of a capital project and creative programming. Responsible for driving Craft Town Scotland’s development between 2004 and 2017, during this time the project was recognised at national level through various awards including Enterprising Britain 2006, a Scottish Urban Regneration Forum Award in 2006, a Creative Scotland Creative Place Award in 2012 and the Village Category of the Great British High Street Awards 2016.
I’ve developed a strong skill set across the creative, community development and cultural enterprise sector, developing lasting, working relationships with local people, makers, fellow professionals and collaborators. My contribution to the place-making agenda has been recognised by inclusion in various advisory groups, including the Scottish Government’s External Advisory Group assembled in September 2012 to take forward a national review of town centres.
Having worked successfully with a wide range of individuals and organisations – communities, creative practitioners and organisations, Local and National Government officials and politicians – I’m equally comfortable speaking at local, national and international conferences and cultural exchanges.