Glasgow Open House Arts Festival began its existence in 2013 as a voluntary organisation on a shoestring budget and continued to function in this way for the first three festival programmes. However, running the festival is really hard, skilled, stressful and time-consuming work and it has been difficult to retain a working festival team under these conditions. After the 2017 programme, the voluntary team disbanded and the festival disappeared.
During the pandemic, one of the founding team members, Amalie Silvani-Jones, decided to restart the festival with the aim of moving away from relying on voluntary labour and moving towards a more sustainable model. Amalie was only able to dedicate the voluntary time it took to do this as her partner was supported by the furlough scheme and could therefore take on some of the childcare responsibilities for her 3 children.
An advisory committee was formed to provide support to Amalie and the team with organising the festival and incrementally improving the model of the festival & organisation.
Rebuilding the organisation during a traumatic pandemic has been incredibly challenging, but the team have managed to secure enough funds to pay 2 freelance members of the team for the first time, as well as introducing a pilot bursary pot for participating artists.
The festival has only been possible because of the hard work of this year's volunteers and voluntary Advisory Committee!
2021 Advisory Committee
Betty Rao & Robert McCormack
Co-director: Anna Crilly
Co-director: Zoe Pearson
Outreach: El Paul
Marketing: Sonia Hufton
Events & fundraising: Jemma Hatherill
Web and Tech: Liam Fogerty
Design: Sean Mulvenna
Co-director: Laura Campbell
Co-director: Phoebe Barnicoat
Designer: Sean Mulvenna
Finance Officer: James Sayer
Art Walks Co-ordinator: Silja Strom & Jack Farrell
Amalie Silvani-Jones, Founder
Jack Farrell, Design