Culture Perth and Kinross to open new Digital Maker_Space in Strathearn

  • Published: July 17th 2019
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Culture Perth and Kinross are set to launch a new Digital Maker Space facility in Crieff this August. This exciting development will allow people from the area the chance to explore new technologies, share tools, equipment and other devices to invent, play and create.

This new Digital Maker Space will be located within the library at Strathearn Community Campus, creating fantastic opportunities for library users, local residents and students in Crieff High School.

The facility will offer access to hi-tech equipment and workshops in creative digital skills that many people now need in an increasingly digital world as technology continues influence the way that we interact and the way we learn.

The new space will complement the current Digital Maker Space at the AK Bell Library in Perth which has already proven to be extremely popular, with visitors, artists, makers and local entrepreneurs taking advantage of the superb digital resources.

Culture Perth and Kinross has secured grants from the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme, Perth and Kinross Council and are contributing funds from their own budget, allowing the charity to press ahead with the first of four Digital Makers across Perth and Kinross.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive said ‘We are delighted to be opening the first of 4 new Digital Maker Spaces in Strathearn with the support of Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER and Perth and Kinross Council. As we inhabit a world where digital technology has an increasing influence on how we work, play, create and learn having access to spaces like these in which individuals and groups can explore technology which might otherwise be beyond their reach is hugely important. Culture Perth and Kinross is committed to providing a range of opportunities to build digital skills and to provide space to use those skills to develop new and creative ideas and products. I look forward to seeing the use of the Maker Spaces develop and grow in response.’

Sharon Rice-Jones, RPK LEADER Co-ordinator says ‘We are delighted to contribute £54,000 towards this innovative project which will benefit communities, individuals and small/micro business in rural areas. Complimenting other projects such as Enterprising Rural Perthshire and Making Rural Businesses Digital, this initiative positions Rural Perth& Kinross as a centre of excellence, enabling opportunities for many people living and working in rural areas , and providing a catalyst for other national funded projects

New Digital Maker Spaces across rural communities in Perth and Kinross will be on offer in Aberfeldy, Kinross and Eastern Perthshire later this year.

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