The project has brought about the changes we expected, particularly the facilitation of a space where trust could be established, where we could listen to refugee communities and refugee-led groups and shape our activities based on this mutual dialogue. We have created a well-known and popular social space in a long-standing arts organisation, bringing different people and groups together. Common Ground is now building on this foundation of connectivity and developing a more sustained impact for refugee communities within the arts.
It has also spotlighted our longer-term goal of establishing a space for exploration and experimentation of creative potential and collaborative practices for individuals and groups. Crucially, it has also brought about wider changes to CCA, particularly widening knowledge on ways to work with New Scots in the arts and specific considerations of accessibility, engagement, communication and approach.
The project has also contributed to developing partners understanding of the specific barriers to integration New Scots experience.