SCAN Sparks

Our SCAN Sparks programme explores ways in which the cultural community can support grassroots activism and equalities-focused working.

Later in 2021, we’ll launch our SCAN Sparks seed funding programme of micro-grants.

Podcast host Sekai Machache works as SCAN’s Artist Policy Officer and over the Summer months, she has been thinking aloud with some people already making change in this series of podcasts:

Episode 1. Ica Headlam is the Aberdeen-based founder of We are Here Scotland, the community interest company sharing the work of BIPOC Creatives in Scotland. He shares what helps him thrive, where the challenges lie and his crowdfunded Creators fund.

Episode 2: Claricia Parinussa is a Maluku diaspora movement artist whose practice encapsulates movement, performance, research, writing, producing and community organising. She talks about informal support mechanisms, the producing and artist support cohort IDY and the House Ball community, Vogue Scotland.

Episode 3: Jess Brough is the founder of Fringe of Colour, an Edinburgh based multi-award winning arts initiative for people of colour. Here, they about their journey in leading and sustaining a grassroots project within the arts sector in Scotland.

Episode 4: Briana Pegado is the founder and director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), a social enterprise that supported public access and youth access to the creative sector. She is also creative director of Fringe Of Colour Films, co-director of We Are Here Scotland, Chair of the Young Women’s Movement in Scotland and sits on the advisory board of the Travelling Gallery. In 2014, Briana was elected Edinburgh University Students Association’s first ever black woman president in its 130 year history.

Episode 5: Myriam Mouflih is a freelance curator, film programmer and writer born in Casablanca, Morocco and based in Glasgow, UK. In this conversation she talks about her work at the Africa in Motion festival, her role as a former Transmission Gallery committee member and the ethics and practice of supporting the “solar system” of artists, groups and networks around the gallery. Myriam is an associate programmer of the 2021 Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. She also works with SCAN as our programme co-ordinator.