Media Release: £95,527 funding boosts cultural activity in Dundee


CREATIVE Scotland has awarded over £95,520 through its Open Project Fund to support international exhibitions, the creation of new work and development opportunities for individuals and organisations based in Dundee.

The University of Dundee and Cooper Gallery have received £75,000 funding towards ‘CURRENT’ – an exhibition of contemporary art made in Scotland, taking place at the Himalayas Art Museum in Shanghai.

A collaborative project between Cooper Gallery in Dundee and Himalayas Art Museum in Shanghai, CURRENT will showcase new and existing works by artists from different generations including Bruce McLean, Poster Club, Edgar Schmitz, Ross Sinclair, Lucy Skaer and Corin Sworn.

Artist, Sally Owen, has received £14,551 funding towards the development of ‘The Telltale Tail’ – a new dance, theatre, music and animation work for five-nine year-olds, exploring the theme of identity.

Meanwhile, Filipa Oliveira has received £5,976 professional development funding to attend a week-long filigree workshop in Portugal and deliver workshops at universities and schools in Scotland and a new body of work.

The Dundee-based 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.”

A full list of awards is available 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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Sophie Bambrough
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Creative Scotland
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Notes to Editors:

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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: ( 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 (

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 Follow us @creativescots and

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