For the project we are working with a number of sites in the North East of Scotland, in the SIRA project these sites demonstrated the low quality internet connections available. The SIRA project saw satellite terminals installed at these sites to see if the needs of the communities could be served with satellite broadband.

Scottish Sculpture Workshop

The Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is an arts development organisation based in the rural village of Lumsden in Aberdeenshire. The organisation has been in existence for 35 years and has a strong legacy of attracting high calibre artists from all over the world. As such SSW has an international scope and network despite being a rural arts organisation.

Read more about SIRA STREAMS at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop here.

The Tin Hut

The Tin Hut is a typical village hall in Gartly, Aberdeenshire with a not so typical legacy. The Tin Hut is well known amongst Scottish and folk musicians as being an excellent venue with great acoustics and therefore historically the Tin Hut has had well known acts often travelling quite a distance to perform there. The Tin Hut has an international network, being well-known to and connected with a bluegrass community in rural America.

Read more about SIRA STREAMS at the The Tin Hut here.

The Island of Jura

SIRA STREAMS is working with creative professionals on Jura, a remote isle of the western coast of Scotland. Jura has a small and dispersed population of less than 200 people. Living on a remote island which is somewhat inaccessible, two ferries are required to reach the island.

Read more about SIRA STREAMS on the Island of Jura here.

The research described here is supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub; award reference: EP/G066051/1.