Media Release: £598,501 funding boosts cultural activity across Glasgow


CREATIVE Scotland has awarded nearly £600,000 through its Open Project Fund to support festivals, research and development, production and attendance at international conferences to individuals and organisations based in the Glasgow area.

Active Events, Freight Books, Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), Art In Hospital, The Hunt Collective, The Glad Café, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, We Are Panel, Doune the Rabbit Hole CIC, Common Purpose UK, The Cottier Chamber Project and Scottish Queer International Film Festival are amongst the organisations based in Glasgow and receiving funding through the latest round of funding awards.

Fifteen individual artists and collectives are also receiving support across the Glasgow area including Corin Sworn and Tony Romano who have received £19,160 funding towards an artist film and related short teaser; Tuff Love who have received £6,000 towards the recording, production and promotion costs of their debut album, and We Are Panel received £14,800 funding towards ‘The Persistence of Type’ – an exhibition of newly commissioned work by visual artist Fiona Jardine and designers Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond.

Curated by Panel, the exhibition will explore the dialogue between graphic design, visual art and historical advertising.  A full list of awards can be found below.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said:

“These awards will enable nearly 100 artists, creative companies and community groups to reach into theatres, galleries, arts centres, care homes, hospitals and schools. Collectively, these projects will have a major impact on the quality of people’s lives across Scotland in many different ways, stimulating people’s imagination and confidence through coming together to enjoy artistic and creative experiences.

“Open Project Funding supports organisations and individuals to explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation.

“I am delighted that nearly half of the awards made in April and May were awarded to individual artists and artists collectives, a real testimony to the wide range of talented people that live and work here.”

A full list of awards is available here.

Open Project Funding awards made across Glasgow for the period April-May, 2015:

  • Active events  – £125,000 funding towards Showcase Scotland Expo which expands on events such as Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections by producing strategic and targeted activities, which assist artists to explore, realise and develop creative potential. It enables Scottish artists to unlock potential and embrace ambition, providing maximum benefit to Scottish artists, creative industries and the wider public by delivering a programme of events which assist with the international development of artists working in traditional, Scots, Gaelic, folk, roots, acoustic and world music.
  • Freight Books – £69,889 funding towards one of Scotland’s leading publishers of fiction, poetry and general non-fiction, Freight Books.
  • Scottish Contemporary Art Network – £65,000 funding towards a year-long programme supporting those working within the contemporary art sector, to help develop creative and business potential.
  • Art In Hospital – £50,000 funding towards a contemporary visual art programme that aims to transform hospitals and care homes through the potential of creativity in the context of art and medicine and thereby help to improve patients’ quality of life.
  • The Hunt Collective – £37,500 funding towards ‘Scotland Re:Designed’ – a platform for established and emerging Scottish design talent, exposing them to industry experts and resources in order to develop successful businesses.
  • The Glad Café – £34,000 funding towards an arts programme at The Glad Cafe and developing an annual local weekend festival showcasing alternative music.
  • Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – £33,082 funding towards a performance programme that will deliver theatre, film and writing activities for young people aged 11-25 years, from disadvantaged communities across Glasgow.
  • Corin Sworn and Tony Romano – £19,160 funding towards a an artist film and a related short teaser. The film follows the intertwining stories of five travellers in the Italian South.
  • Scottish Queer International Film Festival – £18,272 funding towards the new annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) – a community-focused organisation committed to encouraging engagement with LGBTIQ films and promoting equality within Scotland’s film culture.
  • We Are Panel – £14,800 funding towards ‘The Persistence of Type’ – an exhibition of newly commissioned work by visual artist Fiona Jardine and designers Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond.  Curated by Panel, the exhibition will explore the dialogue between graphic design, visual art and historical advertising.
  • Amy Conway – £14,078 – funding towards ’30:60:80′ – an autobiographical theatre piece that will tell the story of celebrations surrounding three landmark birthdays of three very different and, yet at the same time, very similar women.
  • Doune the Rabbit Hole CIC – £14,000.00 funding towards the 2015 Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival of Music and Art (21-23 Aug) – a family-friendly event that celebrates creative talent in many forms including music, sculpture, film, dance, literature and theatre from local and international artists.
  • Common Purpose UK – £12,500 funding towards a programme that will offer leadership skills development for those working in the creative industries.
  • Sarah Lowndes –  £12,000 funding towards Volumes 4, 5 and 6 of The Burning Sand – a bi-annual prose, poetry and art magazine initiated by writer, curator and Glasgow School of Art (GSA) lecturer Sarah Lowndes.  Volume 4 will be designed by Jessica Susan Higgins and Matthew Walkerdine. Good Press, Glasgow distribute The Burning Sand internationally to stockists in cities including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Istanbul and London.
  • Julia Taudevin – £11,570 development funding towards the creation of a musical score to accompany the existing text by playwright, theatre-maker and performer, Julia (AJ) Taudevin.
  • Susan O’Byrne – £10,000 funding towards the creation and exhibition of ‘Five Sisters and a Family Tree’ – a new body of ceramic work that will receive solo shows in Wales and in Germany.
  • Stephen Hurrel – £10,000 research and development funding towards the creation of a narrative-script responding to material generated on expeditions to Mexico and the Azores, and other marine-based environments. This text will become the narrative drive within a new large-scale, multi-screen installation featuring the artist’s cinematic video footage, audio recordings and sound design
  • Gavin Prentice – £8,000 funding to record, produce and promote an album by UTRAS. The release will be based on the ‘mixtape’ form in hip-hop culture; a combination of original songs working with different producers and collaborators.
  • The Cottier Chamber Project – £8,000 funding towards the purchase of a portable, modular system sprung dance floor, which will enable the dance programme of The Cottier Chamber Project (The Cottier Dance Project), to develop and expand.
  • Charlotte Hathaway – £6,600 funding towards the recording and touring of ‘The Dead Stations’ – a story told through original music, writing and animation.  Written by Charlotte Hathaway, music and lyrics are by Mike Vass and performed by Mike Vass and Mairi Campbell. Animation and sound design by Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Tuff Love – £6,000 funding towards the recording, production and promotion costs of Tuff Love’s debut album.
  • Beth Shapeero – £5,550 funding towards ‘Local Press’ – an exhibition that will focus on the themes of participation, community and engagement with experimental approaches by the artists in these areas. The three exhibiting artists are Jenny Lewis, Beth Shapeero and Samantha Madonik.
  • Ursula Hunte – £4,500 creative development funding towards a showcase of textile and handmade products at Handmade at Kew, The International Contemporary Craft Event in London.
  • Jennifer R Wicks – £3,000 fFunding towards the creation of new work investigating the subjective nature of memory, history and time.
  • Chris Dyson – £3,000 professional development funding to undertake a three week-long residency at The Banff Center, Canada. The residency, ‘Demos: Life in Common’ brings together artists and researchers to debate perceptions of democracy in contemporary society.
  • Stewart Ennis – £1,500 funding towards the creation of ‘Blessed Assurance’ – a darkly comic novel set in a fog-bound West of Scotland village in the early 70s.  Following two weeks in the life of troubled 12 year old boy, the novel will explore themes of family, faith, community and grief.
  • Carla Novi – £1,500 funding towards a residency period at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in collaboration with the Social and Political Science department to research and develop a new body of work regarding the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa (Iguala, Mexico).

The Glasgow-based awards are being made as part of Open Project Funding announcements across Scotland of nearly £2million for the period April and May 2015.

Over £1.8m of these awards have been allocated from National Lottery funds. Alongside funding from the Scottish Government, The National Lottery forms a vital part of funding support for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

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Sophie Bambrough
Media Relations & PR Officer
Creative Scotland
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Notes to Editors:

For full details please visit:

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries.

Open Project Funding replaces most of the project based funding programmes previously operated by Creative Scotland.

Open Project Funding 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 two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

Open Project Funding is one strand of Creative Scotland’s funding model which was announced on 9 April 2014: ( and reflects Creative Scotland’s commitment to introduce a clear and simple funding approach that provides access to both long-term and project funding for individuals and organisations, as set out in our Action Plan for Change, published in March 2013 (

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