Hannah Clinch, Tacit Tacit Sustainable Designer, Microclusters and Evolve Arts and Tourism and Heritage Horizons, Dunoon
Over the last few years, CHARTS has provided Tacit Tacit with place-based networking opportunities and funding. Tacit Tacit is a small, socially engaged design practice located in Dunoon and committed to #positivegrowth. CHARTS has supported two projects that explore themes of heritage, inclusion, climate change and enterprise.
Dunoon Goes POP was part of Microclusters (2021) and explored how Dunoon’s history as a soft drinks manufacturing base could be used to engage people in making and learning about the global impacts of the soft drinks industry and create a new visitor experience.
Tacit Tacit received support and funding through Evolve and Heritage Horizons (2021-2022) for their project We are building a beach hut, which aims to develop a prototype beach hut for West Bay, Dunoon, supported by creative public engagement.
CHARTS support allowed Tacit Tacit the flexibility to use the funding as match funding. This allowed Tacit Tacit the ability to increase their project budget and employ a team of creative practitioners in a project locally, supporting Tacit Tacit to build more wealth and capacity at a local level for design and placemaking projects.
Funding from CHARTS supported Tacit Tacit to test out concepts during the pandemic, with a range of collaborators, taking the project forward to a stage where Dunoon Goes POP had a more tangible enterprise concept.
The We Are Building Beach Hut investment has enabled Tacit Tacit to broker new partnerships with the Dunoon Area Conservation Scheme, Dunoon Area Alliance (a local community development trust) and Dunoon Grammar School resulting in a creative initiative that to date has involved 46 people including 35 young people in traditional skills or heritage related training.
“Many of the networks of support for design focus on the needs of urban practitioners, so it has been incredibly refreshing to access a range of opportunities for the innovative work and positive growth we want to deliver, as well as tap into a creative network wired into the complex and hidden challenges of living and working in Argyll.” Hannah Clinch
- Image: Boat building workshop