Media Release: £880,000 support for cultural activity across Scotland


Open Project Funding sees 38 awards of between £1,000 and £80,000  made in May 2016

CREATIVE Scotland has awarded over £880,000 of Open Project Funding in May 2016 to 38 recipients, including individual artists and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.

Awards of between £1,000 and £80,000 have been made to festivals, musicians, visual artists, dancers and writers.

A cross section of awards includes theatre project, Ticking of the Clock, a new large-scale outdoor performance from Edinburgh-based All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre. Glasgow-based artist-led theatre company, Vanishing Point has also received funding to stage their productions, The Destroyed Room and Interiors at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

Among awards made to the Screen Sector, Edinburgh’s French Film Festival has received funding towards this year’s programme, 4 November-1 December 2016. The festival will show new and classic Francophile films at locations throughout Scotland as well as an accompanying programme of events.

The University of Edinburgh has also received funding towards the third edition of Edinburgh’s Spanish Film Festival. Featuring screenings, talks and workshops celebrating Spanish cinematic culture, the festival will take place from 6-15 October 2016 in Edinburgh and 17-20 October 2016 in Glasgow.

In Visual Arts, Glasgow-based visual artist Ailie Rutherford receives funding to support community project The People’s Bank of Govanhill, the project aims to explore new and alternative forms of local currency for Govanhill, by inviting members of the community to re-imagine the local economy and re-define notions of value, worth and distribution.

While Edinburgh-based visual artist and comedian, Siàn Robinson Davies, receives funding towards her new project Conversations which will premiere at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in July. Dundee-based artist network, Generator Projects, has also received an award to support their 2016-2017 programme which aims to help artists to sustain their art-practice.

The Cambridge Folk Festival, 28-31 July 2016 and The Cumnock Tryst, 29 September – 2 October 2016, have both received awards made towards music. The Cambridge Folk Festival has received funding to help support a Scottish showcase while The Cumnock Tryst will use its funding to support its 2016 Artists in Residence programme.

On receiving funding, Steve Bagnall, managing director of Cambridge Live, said: “Scottish folk music is admired and adored by our festival-goers, and has been an important part of the event for more than 50 years.

“Presenting this special programme of showcase performances is a fantastic way to raise the profile of important and emerging Scottish musicians and strengthens the kinship between the folk scenes of Cambridge and Scotland.

“We’re delighted that Creative Scotland is supporting Cambridge Folk Festival by generously awarding Open Project Funding.”

Among the Literature awards, Scottish arts and culture quarterly, The Drouth has received funding towards its next three issues, while Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre has received funding to create a translation hub.

The project aims to bring Scottish works to a wider international audience through translation.

In dance, Glasgow-based choreographer, Ross Whyte, has received funding towards new work, When in Roam. Edinburgh-based choreographers, Skye Reynolds and Tamsin Russell, have also received funding – Reynolds towards a new solo work Pitch and Russell towards a new participatory piece, Scene Stealer.

On receiving funding choreographer, Skye Reynolds, said: “PITCH looks at the roles we play, asking questions about values and what positive impact we can make in today’s world, ideas which feel particularly relevant in this time of political uncertainty.

“I am grateful and delighted that PITCH has received support from Creative Scotland, enabling us to progress the creative quality and realisation of this work.”

Janet Archer, chief executive at Creative Scotland, said: “Through Open Project Funding, creative individuals and organisations are able to explore, develop and realise their potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to support such a high number of emerging and established individual artists and creative practitioners who demonstrate quality, imagination and ambition in their work.

“Collectively, these projects will have a major impact on the quality of the lives of people and communities across Scotland in many different ways, stimulating imagination and confidence through creative experiences.”

Over £800,000 of these awards has been allocated from UK National Lottery funds. Alongside funding from the Scottish Government, the UK National Lottery forms a vital part of funding support for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

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 two 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

Please note the funding awards listed via the link above 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 Follow us @creativescots and

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