Tuesday 4 October 2011

NVA Autumn Newsletter 2011


Speed of Light


The team decamped to Edinburgh for a week of Research and Development on Arthur's Seat in August. Over 100 runners from the Central Belt volunteered their time and leg-power to test the choreographed routes as well as 15 prototype light suits. The results were stunning!

We're looking for 5,000 runners to illuminate the hillside over three weeks next August – full details, including how to register, will be available from the end of October. There will be many other opportunities to take part in rehearsals and kits tests in the coming months so please sign up at www.speedoflight2012.org.uk<http://nva.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=65437851dded736b04c964429&id=1ac3158905&e=93699841ee>. Our new website will be launched at the end of October.

Kilmahew/St Peter's


We'll be carrying on our work with the local community this month. The Cardross Heritage Project will be gathering information, objects, artefacts, images and memories of the site. The findings will be used in the development of a local history archive. If you'd like to contribute something or get involved with this group please emailkilmahew@nva.org.uk<mailto:kilmahew@nva.org.uk>

The Masterplan for Kilmahew/St Peter's, produced by ERZ Landscape Architects with input from Avanti Architects, will be available on our website in mid October.

New publication on sale


Our new book,To Have and to Hold, Future of a Contested Landscape, launched to a full house at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.

The full-colour publication follows NVA's 2010 contribution to Venice Architecture Biennale, charting the story of Kilmahew/St Peter's and our intentions for its future development, with lively contributions from academics, artists, writers, architects and landscape architects. It raises questions about how we deal with history and heritage, conservation and preservation, ownership and decision making about such sites. You can buy your copy HERE<http://nva.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=65437851dded736b04c964429&id=e202eb6e31&e=93699841ee>.

Glasgow Harvest 2011
Our celebration of urban growing has been a great success in the South, East and North of the city so far this autumn - thanks to all of the community gardens for being such great hosts. We're looking forward to more live music, art, communal cooking, food sharing and workshops this weekend (Sat 8 October) at Woodlands Community Gardens, from 12-4pm.

Call for Pizza Spinners!
As part of Harvest West, artist Stephen Skrynka is building a clay pizza oven with the help of local people. We're looking for skilled pizza spinners who like to take part in a competition on Saturday at 2pm. The winners will enjoy a meal for two (worth £50) at award-winning local restuarant Stravaigin. To register please contact Clem on 0141 332 9911, or email clem@nva.org.uk<mailto:clem@nva.org.uk>

We're currently recruiting for two interns: one to work with our Marketing and Administration team on core projects and another to focus on Speed of Light duties. More information is available on our website.<http://nva.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=65437851dded736b04c964429&id=4c5a1ecee9&e=93699841ee>

New NVA Staff
NVA would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Speed of Light staff, Claire Miller, Engagement Co-ordinator and Jane Connarty, Associate Director. Glad to have you on the team!

New SAGE Website
SAGE continues to grow and on the wave of success of The Concrete Garden at St Matthews in Possil. The SAGE website is finally launched. A great hub of information for all urban growers, it will also keep up to date with all the SAGE supported growing sites.


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