Newbattle Abbey College

Newbattle Abbey College

This November Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart are at the picturesque setting of Newbattle Abbey College just south of Edinburgh for a weekend on how to do social change, activism and campaigning in a different way.

The weekend will be a departure in feel, style and setting from previous Changin Scotland events and is facilitated and led by Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert of the Centre for Artistic Activism who are both based at New York University.

The conference promises to be a participatory weekend bringing together community politics with cultural and civic engagement. It will look at how to be a creative kind of activist, how to build alliances, and, beyond tactics and strategy, start to envision a different kind of politics and world.

The weekend will address how cultural activists and practitioners can develop a better political intelligence, how political campaigners can nurture a more informed cultural awareness, and how the two can influence and cross-fertilise each other.

The weekend promises to be stimulating and demanding, challenging and enjoyable, and fun. Organisers ask that people come rested, open-minded and willing to collaborate with others.

Weekend Details:

The weekend runs from Friday 1st starting with a meal at 6.30pm, all day Saturday and Sunday concluding 4.00pm. Extra attractions include an intimate gig with acclaimed folksinger Karine Polwart on Saturday night.

Tickets for the weekend are £60 (accommodation and food extra). Please contact for booking: Newbattle Abbey College Reception: 0131 6631921.

What previous participants say about the Centre for Artistic Activism:

‘It’s magical. Recalibrating reality.’ ‘It made me rethink my politics and challenge people who say, “I am not political”’. ‘Culture is everywhere. We all do it and this helped me embrace how to do a more creative politics’.

What they say about Changin Scotland: ‘The alternative Davos’  National Collective

There is a limited number of places so book early.