CREATIVE Scotland has awarded over £77,100 through its Open Project Fund to support the arts screen and creative industries in the Highlands & Islands.
Wick-based Lyth Arts Centre has received £48,964 funding towards the 2015/16 arts programming and residencies development of the centre – a studio-theatre, concert venue and gallery in rural Caithness.
Pulteneytown Peoples’ Project has received £13,926 funding to provide a bespoke cinema facility in Wick that will complement their regular ad hoc, live performances, by providing a weekly venue of art and media, providing new opportunities for local people in their thriving community and supporting their facility to be self-sustainable
Cromarty and Resolis Film Society has received £6,630 funding towards the creation of a cinema facility at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (6-8 August, 2015).
Nairn-based artist, Katrina McPherson, has received £14,900 research and development funding to support artistic practice by exploring new approaches to and themes for screen dance projects.
This research will be informed by the interrogation of earlier works, writing and reflection on practice to date and mentoring by and collaboration with other key artists in the field of dance, performance and film-making.
Fortrose-based artist, Erlend Tait, has received £1,310 professional development funding to undertake a week-long master class by internationally-renowned stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster.
Stornoway-based artist, Dalen Alba, has received £6,300 funding to enable an ongoing programme of publication for two of the world’s most renowned comic book series, Tintin and Asterix, in the Scots language.
Shetland-based artist, Malachy Tallack, has received £8,250 funding towards the research and writing of a novel set in Shetland, exploring themes of community and peripherality.
These awards are being made as part of Open Project Funding announcements across Scotland of nearly £2million for the period April and May 2015.
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.”
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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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: (http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2014/04/new-10-year-plan-and-funding-approach-announced) 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 (http://www.creativescotland.com/resources/our-publications/board-papers/action-plan-for-change).
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