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Regular Funding Visual Arts Portfolio 2015-18

The Travelling Gallery

In considering the portfolio of regularly funded organisations our thinking has been informed by the companion piece we published in Spring 2014. It highlights the strengths of the sector and the opportunities for future growth and development.

Underpinning everything we do is the recognition that Scotland is an international centre of excellence for contemporary art, with a quality and diversity of work being produced here that commands professional interest and respect. And at the heart of Scotland’s reputation for excellence and experimentation are the artists who live and work here.

We want to ensure that Regular Funding provides an infrastructure that can effectively support artists, at any stage in their career, with opportunities for the development, production and presentation of their work.

The portfolio includes a number of high quality studio and production spaces that encourage experimentation and growth within the art form. Some of these have a long and established history and are on the cusp of change, such as the Edinburgh Printmakers; others are enjoying the benefits of recently refurbished and / or newly developed facilities such as the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, as well as the gallery and production spaces that sit at the heart of the highly successful Trongate 103 development in Glasgow: The Glasgow Print Studio; Street Level Photo-works, Project Ability and Transmission.

Looking beyond the central belt, Regular Funding will enable a network of spaces for making and thinking that includes DCA in Dundee, Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, Highland Print Studio in Inverness, Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire and Hospitalfield in Arbroath.  This network, while focussed on providing support to artists, also offers significant opportunities for public engagement through gallery, workshop, community and creative learning.

We believe that artists have the ability to engage and inspire us, testing out new ways of thinking and challenging us to see the world through different eyes.  We want to build on the public profile and enjoyment of contemporary art across Scotland and to ensure that people have access to some of the very best work being made in our times.

Regular Funding will enable programmes of the highest quality to be delivered by galleries such as: the Fruitmarket and Collective in Edinburgh; CCA, The Common Guild and Tramway in Glasgow; the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, and DCA in Dundee. The Travelling Gallery will be funded to bring its unique programme of art on a bus to communities in some of the more remote parts of the land.

Internationally significant festivals such as the critically acclaimed Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art (GI) and Edinburgh Art Festival will be supported to promote the very best work from Scotland alongside the very best work from elsewhere, bringing visitors from near and far to experience the unique environments for work that Scotland enjoys.

In addition to traditional gallery spaces and forms of exhibition making, there is a particular strength in a more socially engaged form of practice beginning to emerge in the country. This work is highly effective in widening access and enjoyment, particularly in more rural locations where there are fewer galleries.  Initiatives that enable artists to engage communities with new ideas and fresh perspectives can help to inspire and influence change at a local level.

Regular Funding will enable a diverse range of highly imaginative and engaging programmes to be delivered by organisations such as Deveron Arts in Huntly; ATLAS Arts in Skye; The Stove Network in Dumfries and Galloway; Timespan in Helmsdale; Fife Contemporary Art and Craft and Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy.

More information about the full Regular Funding Portfolio 2015-18 can be found here.