Media Release: £1.2million support for cultural activity across Scotland


CREATIVE Scotland has awarded over £1.2million of Open Project Funding in June 2016 to 52 recipients, including individual artists and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.

Awards of between £1,000 and £130,000 have been made to festivals, musicians, visual artists, dancers and writers.

A cross section of awards includes:

Glasgow-based Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), 29 September – 2 October 2016, has received an award of £31,512 to support the 2016 programme.

Helen Wright, SQIFF co-ordinator, said: “We’re extremely happy to receive support again from Creative Scotland for our festival.

“This will allow us to produce another great event geared towards supporting queer filmmakers and artists from Scotland and beyond and catering for LGBTIQ+ audiences.

“The funding also allows us to make our Festival as accessible as possible and we’ll again be providing subtitling or captioning for all films, alongside BSL, audio description, and other access measures. SQIFF is part of a rich LGBTIQ+ arts scene in Scotland and we look forward to continuing to contribute to this with our 2016 event.”

In design, Scotland Re:Designed, the national organisation for fashion, accessories and interior designers has received £37,000 funding to continue its work in promoting established and emerging Scottish design talent.

Among visual arts awards, Northern Film & Media have received £15,000 funding towards its project Connect/Exchange 2016, a networking, research and development programme for moving image and digital artists. Glasgow-based visual artists, Nadia Rossi, Anne-Marie Copestake and Simone Landwehr-Traxler, all received funding to support them in the creation of new work.

John Tulip, managing director of Northern Film & Media, said “Northern Film & Media is delighted to receive the financial support of Creative Scotland to drive forward our project bringing together a range of partners to support the development of eight digital artists from Scotland, England and Wales.

“This vital funding, dovetailing with support from Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, allows us to put together a first class exchange opportunity.”

Among theatre awards, Moray-based theatre-maker, Morna Young, has received funding to develop FOLK, an immersive folk musical.

Glasgow-based musical theatre company, Noisemaker, received an award to take its original piece, Forest Boy, to the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2016. Edinburgh-based theatre production company Vision Mechanics also received an award to support its co-production The Little Light, a new work of puppetry for three-to-eight year-olds.

Glasgow-based music ensemble, Sonic Bothy, are among the awards for music, for their project Space+Listening+Democracy which will result in a new body of work for performance and recording. Edinburgh-based Red Note Ensemble and Mr McFall’s Chamber also received funding to support the development of new material. The Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival, 17-21 August 2016, has received funding to support this year’s programme.

Claire Docherty, creative director, Sonic Bothy, said: “Everyone at Sonic Bothy is excited to have this opportunity to learn more about what it is that we do and go deeper into our creative processes. We are looking forward to creating and performing new work, and sharing our learning with everyone involved in the project and Sonic Bothy.”

Skye-based poet, Rody Gorman, has received funding, to write a new collection of Gaelic poetry entitled Bàrdachd Mo Bhaile. The Association of Scottish Literary Studies have also received funding towards its project The Scottish Writing Exhibition – an exhibition of two hundred Scottish titles, from all periods and genres at the 2017 Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia in January.

Edinburgh-based Starcatchers Productions are among those in receipt of awards for dance; their funding is for MamaBabame, a new dance co-production for children aged 18 months to three years.

Dundee-based dance company, Joan Clevillé Dance, have also received funding to present Plan B for Utopia at the International Tanzmesse nrw, 31 August-3 September 2016, international dance conference and showcase in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Iain Munro, deputy 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.

“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 £1.1million 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 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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