Creative Place Awards
Creative Place Awards Shortlist 2014
Now in its third year, the Creative Place Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contribute to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being. The initiative focuses on creative programmes in areas outwith Scotland’s main cities. The 2014 winners will be announced at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock on 29 January.
Under 100,000 residents (£150,000)
Falkirk community would use the Award to support a project called Acts Of Discovery aimed at offering audiences a fresh look at the area and its cultural offering. Based on the themes of people, routes and pathways, Acts Of Discovery will build on and complement Falkirk’s cultural offering by enhancing the existing 2014 cultural activity.
For Dumfries, the Award would be used to support the commissioning of new cutting edge work by key arts organisations; deliver a community approach to marketing the arts and developcreative approaches to signage, land marking and orientation in the town.
Orkney has a number of flagship organisations such as the St Magnus International Festival, the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney Folk Festival and world-renowned jewellery, textile and craft industries such as Sheila Fleet, Tait & Style and Hume Sweet Hume, which are recognised nationally and internationally. New organisations and festivals have emerged recently such as the Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival, the Orkney Storytelling Festival and the West Side Cinema. The award would be used to support a showcase of Orkney arts activities in Edinburgh; a landmark creative international conference; a series of creative projects in existing local activities and a special Winter Festival involving the main festivals and creative industries.
Under 10,000 residents (£100,000)
The Award would be used to engage professional arts practitioners to work with individuals and groups on the island; improve access to the arts for all sectors of the community; improve marketing skills and to nurture excellence by providing support for those with exceptional talent.
Peebles community would use the Award to support an imaginative set of activities, events and installations featuring art and artists within the context of work, study, tourism, leisure and play; the enhancement and extension of the existing festival programme and the development of a marketing strategy in collaboration with tourism and business sectors.
Rosneath Peninsula: Cove, Kilcreggan, Rosneath, Clynder, Garelochhead
An Award would enable communities within the area to enrich and expand some existing activities with a number of new events. These include a chamber music weekend whose programme will be reflective of the environment; a film festival; a Book Festival; a pop up gallery and a Parkour event. The Award would also be used to help attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.
Under 2,500 residents (£50,000)
Kingussie has developed a year round programme of events called “Little Town of Festivals” whereby the town hosts a festival with an arts or cultural theme every month of the year. The “Creative Together” strand would enhance the programme by enabling experts to be invited to give performances and talks, educational workshops, master classes and training courses, and would bring the festivals to the High Street with creative local menus in the restaurants and cafes, themed art exhibitions in the galleries, live music in the pubs and festival-themed shop window displays.
Ullapool community would like to use an Award to create a Creative Ullapool marketing campaign and to enhance and add value to existing events. They are also keen to work in partnership to develop a series of new commissions and programming ideas; offer a new workshop programme for the community; support individual artists to collaborate with artists across different artforms; hold a 10-day creative showcase and introduce a winter Film Festival.
Helmsdale is looking to run an additional programme alongside their planned Paradigm North project in 2014. This will be called Serendipitous North and will map the creative connections that exist within the remote community. Making visible the often unseen and unrecognised creativity of Helmsdale’s inhabitants while supporting the development of significant new work across multiple art forms by established creative practitioners, the project will celebrate and activate creativity within the community. Financial support and developmental assistance will be made available to participating community members and groups in order to harness the momentum it generates.
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