We’re providing opportunities for the people of rural Perth & Kinross to develop their digital skills in playful Maker_Spaces located across the region. Your support will help us to buy cutting edge equipment and host workshops for anyone who wants to learn something new. We want to install cutting edge equipment in four locations across Perth & Kinross.
- Strathearn Community Library in Crieff
- Breadalbane Community Library in Aberfeldy
- Loch Leven Community Library in Kinross
- And finally a venue in East Perthshire, location to be decided!
So what is a Maker_Space?
A Maker_Space is a brilliantly simple concept: it’s a place where anyone can use cutting edge technology to create things. They provide opportunities for people to learn a bit about 21st Century digital tools - including why they’re important and how to use them.
They’re springing up around the world, and they really work to help communities take advantage of the opportunities that digital tools offer us. In fact, we’ve got evidence of how and why they work right here in Perth & Kinross because we’ve already built one in the AK Bell library in Perth City Centre.
So why are you wanting to create more?
We know that there’s demand for them in the rural parts of the region because we’ve asked members of the community. They've told us that they’d love to use the AK Bell facilities, but they can’t get in and out of the city centre to access it.
By creating these 4 rural Maker_Spaces, we’ll create important opportunities for young people to learn the skills they need for the workplace. We’ll help local small businesses to thrive. We’ll also provide much-needed opportunities for older people to combat rural isolation while learning about the tools that are rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives.
What’s in a Maker_Space?
We’ll be buying a range of things for users of the Maker_Spaces to play with. These include 3D printers for people who want to print objects and large format printers for people who want to print posters. We’ll also have software including Photoshop for people who want to learn how to edit their photography and green screens for people who want to experiment with film-making.
Our Maker_Spaces will be managed by a dedicated Enabler who will be on hand to run inductions and how to workshops. They’ll run hack events, working with the local community to identify issues that technology might help to solve!
This all sounds pretty exciting, but who are you?
We’re Culture Perth & Kinross (CPK). A charitable trust, established in 2016, that looks after the museums, libraries, archives, family & local history and creative learning in Perth and Kinross.
Our vision is to be at the heart of a cultural community that connects peoples’ ideas, knowledge and collections. We want to develop and deliver a range of sector leading services, public programmes and partnerships that engage a wide and diverse audience in the best of local, national and international culture.
We want to bring the Maker_Spaces to rural Perth & Kinross because we believe that - with access to the right tools and skills - we have the potential to become a world-leading rural region with creativity at our heart. We’ve piloted the Perth city centre Maker_Space and we’ve seen the impact it can have. Now we’re looking forward - with your help - to making a massive difference to people living in and around four of the towns in the region.
We really hope you’ll consider donating to help us to achieve our aims. For those of you who live in around Perth and Kinross, we’ve listed some rewards to entice you! Get a serious discount on the cost of researching your family history. Or join us at our exclusive evening exhibition launch evenings.
We’re also thrilled to be able to offer a number of rewards that money simply can’t buy:
Go behind the scenes of one of our exhibitions: ask the curators about how an exhibition comes together, why they’ve selected the work you’ll see in the gallery, and enjoy a glass of wine or two while you chat.
Or perhaps you'd like to go hands-on with some of our objects and get up close and personal!
How do I get to access the Maker_Space?
- The Maker_Spaces are located in libraries run by CPK and anyone with a Perth & Kinross library membership will be able to access a Maker_Space once they’ve completed an initial induction. Library memberships are free!
What is included in an induction?
- The induction is to explain what equipment is available, how you can book to use particular equipment e.g.: 3D printer etc, rather than show you how to use each piece of equipment
How can I learn to use the equipment?
- Maker_Spaces are a facility to enable access to creative technology and as a way to help learn new skills, there will be various ‘how to’ events organised which you can book onto. They are also communal spaces and sharing skills and supporting fellow users is encouraged in Maker_Spaces.
Will there be someone there to help me with the equipment?
- The Maker_Space Enabler will work across all 4 locations so will not be available all of the time, however, it’s hoped that there will be specific days allocated to each Maker_Space to be on hand to support
Are there any costs involved as a Maker_Space user?
- Not to use the facility or access the creative software. There may be some costs for digital printing to cover the use of materials; these are currently £1 per hour of printing. There is also a small charge for any learning events organised within the Maker_Space, currently, these are £5 per head for a 2-hour evening session.
What hours will the Maker_Space be open?
- Currently, the Maker_Space is open during library opening hours
What is the longest time I can book to use a piece of equipment?
- Currently, the longest session is 3 hours, but this can be negotiated depending on availability
How do I book to use the Maker_Space?
- By using the existing online library net loan booking system
When will the rural Maker_Spaces be available to use?
- The first new Maker_Space will open in August at Strathearn Community Library and the Breadalbane and Loch Leven will be open by end October 2019.
When will you know the location of the Eastern Perthshire Maker_Space?
- We hope to confirm the location of the Eastern Perthshire Maker_Space by end of July 2019.
Will I be able to book the Maker_Space to use on a commercial basis as part of my business?
- You can book the entire Maker_Space for a half or the whole day if you wish to run classes and/or 1:1 session, there is a charge for this
Why is it important for people living in rural areas to improve their digital skills?
- As we move further into the 21st Century, it’s becoming more and more clear that digital technology will increasingly become a vital part of our personal and working lives. For those of us who live in rural areas, the opportunities afforded by digital technologies are manifold - they are able to create connections across major distances, they can reduce our costs, they allow us to produce and create our own products without having to import skills from more urban areas.
Why isn’t Culture Perth & Kinross paying for this out of core resources?
- We have managed to secure a large grant from PK LEADER (funding for rural projects), and are contributing match funding from our own resources. We’re still left with a bit of a shortfall though, and to run all the hands-on workshops we’d like to provide for rural communities across the region we need to raise just a little bit more cash. That’s where you come in!