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Year of Natural Scotland

Giants in the Forest by Vision Mechanics (Photo: Ian MacNicol)

Scotland is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and unique natural heritage. The Year of Natural Scotland in 2013  highlighted our great natural assets and celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty.

Through our Year of Natural Scotland Open Fund we supported 14 brand new projects that offered opportunities to engage with natural surroundings in innovative and exciting ways.

More About The Year

As part of the series of Winning Years designated by the Scottish Government, the Year of Natural Scotland is led by EventScotland, with Scottish Natural Heritage as lead partner. Creative Scotland is also a partner in the Year and as such has made a commitment to support the initiative. Our approach will reflect the four objectives identified for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 – Promotion, Participation, Collaboration and Celebration.

Back in September 2013, four of the country’s  leading environmental organisations announced a series of artist  residencies that aimed to make important contributions to the  sustainability and development of some of Scotland's most inspiring  natural settings.

Supported through Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural  Heritage's Year of Natural Scotland fund, the residencies are being  hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH),  Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and National Trust for  Scotland (NTS) and the seven participating artists are now well underway  with their research and development, gradually refining their ideas for  what they'll present at the end of their time in residence.

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