Artist open call for outdoor arts

Website Inverclyde Culture Collective

 Creative Practise in Health and Social Care with “Your Voice: Recovery”


An opportunity has arisen for an experienced artist or creative practitioner with a multidisciplinary practice and interest in working outdoors to take up a supported Artist in Residency opportunity in Inverclyde working with health and social care partner Your Voice (Recovery) connected places as part of Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective.


Inverclyde is unique as it’s a place where the arts connect strongly with communities and are recognised at all levels.  The pandemic has fuelled communities to come together in solidarity and re-evaluate how arts can contribute to our wellbeing. Inverclyde Culture Collective has recently set up a “Creative Practice in Health and Social Care” working group formed from different health and social partners and representatives across Inverclyde. After an initial period of creative research, considering the past, current and future relationship of creative practice in health and social care settings across Inverclyde. The group have identified several priority areas in which, through a series of test pilot projects, we wish to explore the potential and possibilities of creative exploration and artistic response to them.

 Through this residency artists with a multidisciplinary approach or practice will have the opportunity to respond and work creatively with health and social care organisation Your Voice Inverclyde, who are embarking on developing an ‘Outdoors Strand’ to their work, building upon their well-established existing provision in supporting individuals through periods of recovery from addiction. The ‘Outdoors Strand’ will involve:

·       Working with key service user groups

·       Offering outdoor trips (Fridays) within and beyond Greenock with a focus on hill walking, forest bathing and the benefits of the immersion in the natural environment brings.

·       Your Voice are interested in working and developing a relationship with an experienced artist(s) to implement creative sessions, activity, or artistic interventions to be delivered whilst on these trips.

·       As well as more broadly helping to inquire about the role of art or creative practice within recovery settings.


Building on skills learned from prevention and education programmes provided by rehabilitation / treatment services, and Lived Experience members of Inverclyde Recovery Community were keen to take a holistic approach and create a project to assist people on their recovery journey, as they move away from services into the community.

Recovery is a lifelong journey that requires removing substances from their life and building a solid foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and healthy behaviours.

Inverclyde recovery assets have created a social hub for people in recovery, led by people in recovery. and celebrates all recovery and approaches to recovery. IRC Hub is open over 7 days including evenings and weekends. IRC also has Recovery Cafés on a Tuesday – Bank St Recovery Café Scout Hall – Bank Street 12.30 – 3.00pm. Wednesday – Port Glasgow Recovery Café 7 ½ John Wood Street 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Friday – Inverclyde Recovery Café Crown Care, King Street Greenock 5.00pm -8.00pm.

It aims to develop recovery communities across Inverclyde and offer a wider range of opportunities for people in recovery – to support each other and develop both personally & socially, as they adjust to life without substances.

For further information on access support throughout the project, eligibility and how to apply please visit

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Alternatively to speak further around the role please contact us on culturecollectiveinverclyde@cvsinverclyde.org.uk to arrange a conversation with a member of the team

Closing date Monday 23rd May 12:00PM


£4000 – Fee calculated at £200 across 20 days

  • Materials Budget: £500

  • Additional Artist (fee for a specific artform workshop to be identified by participants) Budget £600 – calculated at £200 across X3 days

  • Local Travel Budget for Artist/ Participants: £200

  • Overall Budget: £5300

    Accommodation costs and Per Diems do not apply to this Residency. There is a separate access budget for all Inverclyde Culture Collective Activities managed by the Creative Producer.

The allocated time for each artist residency will be a total of 20 days to be delivered across and within the months of June/July – September 2022.

The exact timeframe will be negotiated between Inverclyde Culture Collective, the community group and the artist involved and tailored specifically in line with activity proposed. Sessions and trips will take place on Fridays with exact dates & times to be agreed upon with Your Voice at contracting. Your Voice Recovery are based at Crown Centre in Greenock. Delivery of the contracted days may vary in intensity over the post.

There is an access budget available to be utilised which is held by Inverclyde Culture Collective