Voluntary Arts Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library have teamed up to create 'My Time - Poetry inspired by voluntary arts'.

Funded by Creative Scotland, this nationwide participative project will take place during 2017 and early 2018, bringing together emerging and established poets with voluntary arts groups across the country. 

Poets will be invited to respond to the eclectic mix of community-led arts practice taking place throughout Scotland, and the strong connection voluntary arts groups have with the place they live in.

Jemma Neville, Director, Voluntary Arts Scotland said: "From hula-hopping to oil painting, brass bands to embroidery, finding time for ourselves to be creative brings people together, sustains local venues and helps us make sense of the world around us. I am delighted that investment from Creative Scotland will support us in match-making poets and arts groups, so we can explore and celebrate what 'My Time' means to people."

Asif Khan, Director, Scottish Poetry Library said: “The Scottish Poetry Library welcomes Creative Scotland’s funding support for the My Time initiative. Poets will no doubt embrace the opportunity to engage with voluntary arts groups across Scotland to discover the passions and motivations that drive people to get together to create and share. We will help to promote to a wide audience the much-anticipated work that the poets produce in response to meeting with the arts groups.”

Invitations to participate in My Time will be announced soon. Sign up for the Voluntary Arts Scotland newsletter here, to keep in touch with developments.