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SEDA Conference and AGM 2015: Power Down or Power Up?

Friday 29th May & Saturday 30th May 2015 

Join us for SEDA's annual conference and AGM, this year being held around Creetown and Galloway. We have an exciting programme of speakers and visits planned considering weather its best to 'power up' a community or 'power down' our needs and demands. We are delighted that Turner prize nominees Assemble will join us. The highlight of SEDA's year, this event is open to all, members, non-members. Ticket cost includes saturday lunch, teas and coffees each day and Friday enveing's meal. Friday lunch is optional and additional cost (paybale on the day).

Dumfries is a wonderful, senic area and there are lots of accommodation options including B&B and hostels. Our host, SEDA founder Jim Johnston is offering basic camping on the site of Saturdays event, please buy an camping ticket (free) below, in addition to your day passes. 

The provisional programme is as follows:

FRIDAY May 29th. 2015

  • 1200 : Assemble at Loch Arthur Camphill Community's new organic farm shop/restaurant at Beeswing some 5 miles west of Dumfries. Tables in the cafe reserved for us, people order and pay for their food.

  • 1300. Tour of the new bulding which was designed by Denis Chanarin of Camphill Architects, who will talk about the design and its context. We will also hear from Barry Graham about the community, the farm and the food they produce. 

  • 15.00: assemble at Tongland Hydro Power Station'sVisitor Centre for tour of the bulding and presentation on the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, a network of dams and 6 hydro-electric power stations, harnessing the power or three local rivers. A major early example of renewable power generation, the scheme was constructed between 1930 and 1936. The buildings are interesting examples of early modernist architecture. 

  • 1700 onwards: Gather at the Stables, Creetown (about 20 mins drive from Tongland). 

  • 1800: meet in Creetown Gem Rock museum (10 mins walk from the Stables) for our evening meal and presentations by Andrew Ward about the work of the Creetown Initiative, a local social enterprise and community hub, and by Nic Coombey about his work with the Galloway and South Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere project. We have the use of the building for the evening, and Andrew and Nic will join us for the meal and discussions.

SATURDAY May 30th.

  • 10.00 Welcome from SEDA Chair and our Host.                         

  • 10.10 - 11.00 Presentation and discussion by Amica Dall of "Assemble", a London based collective practice carrying out innovative low-cost work with local communities and arts organisations. 11.00 Coffee 

  • 11.15 - 11.30 Update on SEDA activities including SEDAbuild and 2016 Festival of Design

  • 11.30 - 12.15 Presentation by Castle Douglas based Sam Booth, who designs and manufactures timber "eco pods", as featured on TV in George Clarke's "Amazing Spaces". He is an advocate of small-scale off-grid living. 

  • 12.20 - 13.00 KJ Award presentation with Jim Johnson 

  • 13.00 Lunch at the Stables 

  • 14.00 - 14.30 SEDA AGM

People are warmly invited to stay around the Stables post-conference to have afternoon tea and continue discussions, wander round the 5 acre site (guided tours if requested), play games, advise Jim on possible future developments of his property or just relax. Campers welcome to stay another night.

Do you have questions about SEDA Conference 2015 - Power up or Power Down?? Contact The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)


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