Announcement of Culture Collective recipients

Published: 16 Feb 2021

Helping to shape future cultural life of Scotland’s local communities

Culture Collective Fund

£6 million of Scottish Government emergency COVID-19 funds will support creative practitioners, organisations and communities to work together across Scotland to help shape the future of local cultural life.

With grants of between £100,000 and £300,000 awarded through Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective programme, new opportunities for creative practitioners and communities will develop as 26 lead organisations work collaboratively to develop ways of responding to the impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

SEALL, working with Atlas Arts, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and 50 local businesses and organisations across Skye and Lochalsh, will take forward a rurally-focused COVID-19 cultural recovery plan with a lasting local impact. Interweaving their work in performance, visual arts and Gaelic culture, they will build an 18-month-long programme of residencies, events and learning led by six creative practitioners. Lindsay Dunbar, FRSA, Chair, SEALL said: "This is such positive news for arts and creativity in rural communities. As we work together to understand how the last 12 months have impacted on our wellbeing and economy, we need to strengthen our relationships and connections in a meaningful way. Culture should always be at the forefront of recovery in rural areas and this support from Creative Scotland is a wonderful way to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of SEALL and its partners in their work in making a long-lasting, positive impact towards a better future for their communities and for Scotland’s wider cultural sector."

The Ayr Gaiety Partnership, working with South Ayrshire Council, and other local partners, will build on established work to take a step forward in cultural and creative engagement with communities across the local area. Commenting, Ayr Gaiety Partnership Chief Executive, Jeremy Wyatt said: “We’re looking forward to commissioning creative practitioners to work with communities in Ayr, Girvan and Maybole. We are also pleased to be able build further on our existing professional development support for emerging artists and those at the early stages of their career.”

Independent Arts Projects are collaborating with disabled people and their communities to co-design a programme of sensory arts projects for those who experience multiple barriers to access to mainstream arts activities. Mhari Robinson, Executive Producer, Independent Arts Projects, continues, "We will create and adapt performance-based projects made specifically for and with Autistic individuals, those labelled as having complex disabilities, and those living with dementia. We'll be employing a diverse group of six artists part time for a year to work with local disabled participants and their families and building new partnerships with organisations, local authorities and individuals across Scotland to bring creative opportunities and activities to Fife, Glasgow, Perth & Kinross, Highland, Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh.”  

The full list of Culture Collective recipients is available below.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “I am pleased to see this funding is helping to shape the future of local cultural life and support creative practitioners, organisations and communities during the pandemic.

“Culture is more important than ever to Scotland’s collective wellbeing and prosperity, and the last year has shown us how integral communities are to our sense of identity and purpose. The Culture Collective will help to create a positive difference in communities across Scotland, supporting them to respond creatively to the challenges posed by COVID-19.”

In addition to the Scottish Government funds, up to £300,000 of National Lottery funding will support the development of a national Culture Collective network for sharing progress and working towards programme research and evaluation.

Gary Cameron, Interim Director, Strategy, Creative Scotland said: “Thanks to Scottish Government and National Lottery funds, the pilot Culture Collective programme is bringing new thinking and promoting collaboration to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to the pandemic.

“The Culture Collective provides an opportunity for organisations to explore and test new models of engagement and participation and to learn from each other, whether this is how it provides opportunities and support to creative practitioners or how it actively engages communities in its work. Over 250 employment opportunities are being created through the programme, with further opportunities anticipated as each individual programme progresses.”

Recruitment for a Culture Collective Programme Lead – to drive forward and co-ordinate this work - will go live on Tuesday 16 February. For more information and details on the Tender Process, please visit the Creative Scotland Opportunities website.

Culture Collective Recipients

Organisation AwardedPlace Local Authority
Alchemy Film & Arts £145,000 Hawick, Scottish Borders Scottish Borders
Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians £149,107 Lothians City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian
Ayr Gaiety Partnership £196,763 Ayr, Girvan, Maybole South Ayrshire
Creative Dundee £300,000 Tay Region - Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, Angus, and North Fife Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, Angus, Fife
Dance North Scotland, M:ADE, Wildbird, Moray Way Association £294,049 Keith/Buckie, Speyside Moray
Deveron Projects £272,523 Huntly Aberdeenshire
Fèis Rois, Highland Third Sector Interface, Eden Court, Highland Print Studio, Lyth Arts Centre, North Lands Creative £300,000 Caithness, Sutherland, East Ross, Mid Ross, West Ross & Skye, Badenoch & Strathspey, Lochaber, Inverness and Nairn Highland
Findhorn Bay Arts Ltd £300,000 Communities across Moray Moray
Firefly Arts Ltd £122,420 West Lothian West Lothian
Govanhill Baths Community Trust £227,225 Glasgow South - Govanhill, Queens Park, Crosshill, Pollokshields East, Kinning Park Glasgow City
Independent Arts Projects Ltd £180,000 Fife, Glasgow, Perth & Kinross, Highland, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh Fife, Glasgow, Perth & Kinross, Highland, Aberdeenshire, City of Edinburgh
Intercultural Youth Scotland £240,000 Edinburgh City of Edinburgh
Inverclyde Council, RIG Arts, The Beacon, Kayos Youth Theatre £275,000 Inverclyde Inverclyde
Open Road  £118,847 Footdee, Aberdeen Aberdeen City
Reeltime Music £138,777 North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire
RIG Arts £214,678 Seedhill, Paisley  Renfrewshire
SEALL £267,000 Skye and Lochalsh Highland
Shetland Arts Development Agency, An Lanntair, Pier Arts Centre, Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust £269,325 Shetland, Orkney, Na h-Eileanan Siar Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Na h-Eileanan Siar
Southside Community Centre Association £300,000 South of Edinburgh City of Edinburgh
Station House Media Unit on behalf of Culture Aberdeen £300,000 Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire
Stellar Quines Theatre Company £136,510 Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth Fife
Street Level Photoworks £177,110 Govanhill, Gorbals Glasgow City
The Stove Network £296,476 Wigtownshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Annan and Eskdale, Nithsdale, North West Dumfries Dumfries and Galloway
Toonspeak Young People's Theatre £169,993 Balornock, Barmulloch, Springburn/Robroyston Glasgow City
Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland £200,750 Blacklands, Kilwinning; Dunterlie, Barrhead; Castlehill, Dumbarton; Langlees/Bainsford, Falkirk; Lochend/Restalrig, Edinburgh; Cabrach, Moray; Newtongrange/Newbattle; Cumbernauld; Kinross North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, Falkirk,  City of Edinburgh, Moray, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross
WHALE Arts, North Edinburgh Arts £300,000 Muirhouse and West Pilton, Wester Hailes City of Edinburgh
Total £5,891,553  


  • The Culture Collective programme launched in November 2020 and is based on a proposal put forward by the National Partnership for Culture following a recommendation by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.
  • 64 applications were made with a total corresponding ask of £14million.
  • 26 applications have received a total of £5.9million.
  • The original funding allocated to the Culture Collective programme by Scottish Government was £1.5million. The Scottish Government has increased this by £4.5million to a total of £6million. £5.9 million of grants have been awarded and £100,000 will go towards supporting the programme, including the recruitment of a Culture Collective Programme Lead.
  • In addition to the Scottish Government funds, up to £300,000 of National Lottery funding will support the development of a national Culture Collective network for sharing progress and working towards programme research and evaluation.
  • The Culture Collective assessment panel included external panel members Allan Farmer, Head of Place, Corra Foundation and Fee Plumley working alongside Creative Scotland staff: Gary Cameron, Interim Director,Strategy; Karen Dick, Interim Head of Place, Partnerships and Communities; and Paul Burns, Head of Dance and Interim Deputy Director of Arts & Engagement.
  • The Culture Collective programme is part of £64m in emergency COVID-19 funds for art and creativity being delivered by Creative Scotland in 2020/21, made up of funds from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery and the Freelands Foundation.

The National Lottery has raised more than £41billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to  National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.

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