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£800,000 National Lottery support for cultural activity across Scotland 

Published: 29 Jun 2017

45 Open Project Funding awards of between
£1,336 and £73,942 made in May 2017

Soulisquoy Printmakers

Creative Scotland has awarded over £800,000 National Lottery funding through the Open Project Fund in May 2017 to 45 recipients, including individual artists, musicians, fashion designers, writers, poets, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.

Visual Arts

Dundee-based artist-led organisation Generator Projects has received funding to deliver its 2017-18 artist development programme. The programme provides artists at different stages in their practice, from recent graduates to established artists, the opportunity to improve the sustainability of their practice.

Meanwhile Leisure & Culture Dundee have received funding to deliver a programme of events and commissions to celebrate 150 years of the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. The project will involve commissions from contemporary artist Duncan Marquiss and musician Jonnie Common.

Painter Janette Kerr and moving image and sound artist Jo Millett have received funding to collaborate on a new video and sound installation, exploring aspects of Shetland’s relationship with the sea. The work will be shown at Shetland Museum, Lerwick from 22July-27 August 2017.

Orkney-based Soulisquoy Printmakers have received funding to deliver a new participatory arts programme focussed on developing and delivering opportunities within the local community centred around traditional printmaking.

Carol Dunbar, Chair of Soulisquoy Printmakers said: "We are delighted to receive this funding from Creative Scotland. It makes a significant contribution to our ambitious project which will see our organisation make considerable leaps forward strategically. It will greatly enhance the scope and range of activities that we offer to our local community - not just to our existing audience but will enable us to create opportunities for those new to printmaking."


Among the design awards, the Architecture Fringe 2017, 1-23 July, has received funding towards this year’s programme. The festival which hosts events across Scotland, explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives and will include; new artistic work, events, exhibitions, talks, environmental installations, community self-builds and a summer school.   

Curator and mentor Susanna Beaumont has received funding towards her project Modernisers, which will culminate in an exhibition of contemporary furniture and household design.

On receiving funding, Susanna Beaumont said: “We are delighted that Creative Scotland are supporting our mission to champion innovative design and making. Across Scotland there are numerous designers and furniture makers who are exploring new materials and methods of making functional objects. We will celebrate these brilliant and inventive individuals and introduce their work to a wide audience. And importantly the exhibition and associate events, will contribute to a nationwide discussion on the importance of supporting and discussing contemporary design, making and manufacturing today in Scotland.”


Modern Studies

In the music awards, Music at Paxton, 14-23 July 2017, a 10-day chamber music festival at Paxton House near Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders has received funding towards its programme.

Scottish Bhangra band Tigerstyle have received funding to perform at an international showcase in Stockholm.

Artists including electro-pop artist Eilidh Hadden, violinist Clare Howick, composer and producer Ben Chatwin, musician Adam Stafford, Glasgow-based duo Kelora and chamber pop band Modern Studies have received funding towards the creation of new material.

Musician Eilidh Hadden said: “I am so grateful that Creative Scotland are supportive of my EP. Having spent the last year working hard writing music I am really excited to be able to work towards having a body of work ready to release."


Paisley Arts

Renfrewshire Leisure has received funding to enable Paisley Arts Centre to develop and deliver an artist in residence programme that will support an established artist to develop new work for children over five and their families, providing opportunities for local children and young people to participate in the arts.

Edinburgh-based visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell has received funding to deliver Flutter, a co-production with Aberdeen Performing Arts for children under five that will see the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen transformed into an atmospheric installation performance.

Theatre director and producer Helen Milne, laboratory theatre company, Company of Wolves and theatre makers Matthew Leonard Hall and Apphia Campbell have received funding to support new works.     


Impact Arts

Uist-based Ceolas Uibhist has received a multi-artform award to support its 2017 programme of Gaelic Arts events delivered throughout the year to promote and celebrate Gaelic dance and music, and support visiting events and artists.

Glasgow-based community arts company Impact Arts has received funding to deliver its project Gallery 37- Cashback to the Future, which will develop the personal and artistic skills of young people, provide access to cultural and artistic activities for individuals from disadvantaged communities, engage new audiences, create new art and interpretations of local culture and heritage, and provide professional artists with an opportunity to inspire a younger generation of potential artists.


In Literature, the Association for Scottish Literary Studies has received funding to support the publication of two editions of New Writing Scotland, the annual anthology includes new writing spanning all genres from writers who are Scottish by birth, residence, or inclination.

Author Cathel Hutchison has received funding to deliver a series of reading events aimed at bringing live reading to primary school age children in remote areas of the West Coast of Scotland.


African film festival Africa in Motion 2017, 27 October- 5 November, has received funding to support its programme which includes film screenings and events in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Film producer Ruth Reid to attend EURODOC, an intensive programme of professional networking and project development. The year-long initiative offers the opportunity to strengthen the skills of the producers and the marketability of their individual projects in the international arena.


Choreographer Caroline Bowditch has received funding to support The Adventures of Snigel, a promenade piece for under-fives, to be performed at festivals across the UK this summer.

Janet Archer, CEO at Creative Scotland said: “Collectively, these projects will reach hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond, sparking imagination and stimulating creativity.

“Whilst also enabling our artists to develop their creative practice and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation.

“While, as always, there are many more good applications than we have the funds to support, these latest awards do provide invaluable support to the successful applicants and we look forward to seeing their work develop as a result.”  

Open Project Funding Awards May 2017

View the Open Project Funding Awards made in May 2017.

Notes to Editors

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. A full list of activities supported through this route is set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

Details of the Open Project Fund and all other Creative Scotland funding can be found on our website at https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-project-funding

Please note the funding awards listed (attached) remain offers of funding until such time as all terms and conditions have been formally accepted and fulfilled by the award recipient. If an award recipient fails to accept any offer, the funding award will be withdrawn and credited to future Open Project Funding Panels.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

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