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Moray Artists Bursary now open for applications

Published: 10 Jul 2018

The Moray Artists Bursary, a brand-new fund established by We Make Moray (The Moray Place Partnership), was launched today (10 July 2018) to support local artists.

£15,000 in total is available as small grants to support individuals working across the arts, screen and creative industries in Moray. 

We Make Moray (The Moray Place Partnership) is an arts and culture development programme funded by Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in collaboration with local partners. 

We recognise the creative talent and ambition that exists across the region and believe the Moray Artists Bursary is a great way to nurture this further- Gary Cameron

Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply for a bursary of between £500 and £1500 before midnight Sunday 19 August to help towards activities such as researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas.   

It is hoped that the Moray Artists Bursary will enable artists to develop new work, learn new skills, undertake mentoring, travel within or outside of the UK to research, attend conferences, build networks or collaboration, or a combination of these things.

The fund will pave the way for artists to unlock greater potential and help to advance Moray’s Cultural Strategy.

Sandra Morrison, Place Partnership Co-ordinator said: “We are delighted to have established the Moray Artists Bursary. It’s vital for the work of any profession to keep developing their practice and to keep up with new technologies or ways of working, it’s no different for those working in the arts and culture sector.  We hope that the fund will help established and emerging artists in Moray gain access to what they need so they remain inspired to create new and relevant work here in Moray.  This is the first year we have run the Moray Artists Bursary and I look forward to working alongside Moray’s artists to develop their visions for the future.” 

Gary Cameron, Head of Place, Partnerships and Communities, Creative Scotland said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this opportunity for artists living or working in Moray as part of our Place Partnership Programme. We recognise the creative talent and ambition that exists across the region and believe the Moray Artists Bursary is a great way to nurture this further.”

Application Forms and further guidance can be obtained by visiting tsimoray.org.uk/moray-place-partnership, emailing sandra@tsimoray.org.uk or telephoning 01343 205274.

The fund is open to applicants from today and will close midnight on 19 August 2018.

About We Make Moray

The Moray Place Partnership (MPP) is a partnership project which aims to support the cultural sector in Moray under the banner of We Make Moray

The project is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Creative Scotland, as part of Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme. It was created to encourage and support local organisations to work together in the community to strengthen creative development and widen access to creative activity in the area.

We Make Moray will support individuals, organisations and communities to develop, connect and celebrate creative and cultural activity in Moray. It will do this by creating opportunities for individuals and organisations to develop and make work, as well as supporting activities which widen access to creative and cultural activities. 

Its main aim is to ensure implementation of the Moray Cultural Strategy by creating strongsustainable partnerships in Moray.

The Place Partnership Co-ordinator is managed by tsiMORAY, a dynamic local charity set up to support and promote volunteering, community groups and social enterprises.