Media release: Upland Arts receives new funding


UPLAND Arts has received funding support from the National Lottery in the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund awards.

The Making Connections project will deliver a suite of activity that will consolidate Upland’s work to date. This will include research, development and presentation of an ambitious and innovative programme of creative activities that connect wider and more diverse audiences.

Amy Marletta, project director, Upland, said: “We are delighted to have received this support from Creative Scotland which will enable us to continue developing creative projects across Dumfries & Galloway for a wide range of audiences.

“The funding will enable us to create more opportunities for artists and makers to connect with children, young people and rural communities, sharing skills and celebrating local heritage as well as developing their own practice. We look forward to strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones.”

Iain Munro, acting CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “With funding from the National Lottery, we are delighted to support Upland Arts and the important work and relationships that they will be creating through The Making Connections programme.”


Notes for editors:

A full breakdown of July’s awards, can be found here.

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. 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). Application guidance and forms can be found here.

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. Further information at

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