Media release: New funding for Scottish creative activity

Mara Menzies performing at the Workers Theatre Weekender, 2017

IN the latest round of Open Project Fund awards, over 40 creative projects and activities taking place across Scotland have received more than £600,000 of National Lottery Funding through Creative Scotland.

Artists, musicians, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts and creative industries, have each received between £1,150 and £100,000 to develop their projects.

Kaite Welsh, author of the Sarah Gilchrist mysteries, is developing a new standalone historical novel, After the Sky. Commenting, Kaite said: “After the Sky is a book I’ve wanted to write for years, and having the time to dedicate to the research and writing of it is a real gift.”

The Little Animation Studio’s latest digital animation project is using adapted digital technologies to enable children with complex needs to create a fully-animated short film. Planned for online release and simultaneous exhibition at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art from July 2020, the project will also be developed into an animation education programme which will then tour to schools.

Dr Katja Frimberger and Simon Bishopp said: “Little Animation Studio has the ambition to bring innovative animation education to all children in Scotland. We are excited to work with the children and teachers at Harmeny Education Trust and can’t wait to see the children’s short animated film exhibited at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art next summer.”

Artist and performer, Craig Manson, has received funding towards the development of GayBoys, a contemporary theatre performance exploring the contemporary mainstream exploitation of LGBTQIA+ identities for capitalist gain. The work will be developed during a three-week residency across Tramway and Platform with the performance premiere taking place at Outskirts Festival, Platform, April 2020.

Craig said: “We are very much looking forward to starting the work and adding to the history of creating boundary pushing live performance in Scotland today.”

In music, funding for AC Projects’ pioneering experimental Counterflows and Tectonics festivals has been awarded as well as enabling the development of new works and commissions, a residency series and international projects.

Alasdair Campbell, director at AC Projects 2019, said: “This funding will continue our realisation of an arts organisation committed to inclusive, non-hierarchical and celebratory arts and share in our long-term belief in the importance of the arts for exploring new ideas and in sharing the brilliance and beauty that the creative process can bring to our communities.”

Artist, Thomas Keyes, will create a new body of work for exhibition at Groam House Museum on the site of the Pictish Monastery in Rosemarkie in Ross-Shire. The museum’s artefacts will be used as inspiration to create a manuscript similar to those present in the eighth century. The manuscript will be on display from May 2020 with workshops and demonstrations on the processes involved throughout the year.

Visual artist, Kate Davis, has received funding towards the research, development and production of a new body of visual artwork. Intended to be developed into a substantial installation of drawings, the work will build on the artist’s commitment to feminist concerns for initial presentation within a group exhibition curated by Helen Nisbet at London’s Sunday Painter Gallery in November 2019. The entire installation will then be presented across two concurrent exhibitions in Glasgow from April-May 2020: a solo presentation at A-M-G5 and a group exhibition with Hayley Tompkins and Charlie Hammond, both of which will be shown during Glasgow International 2020.

Funding awarded to south west Edinburgh’s Space for the new Broomhouse Hub will be used towards the development and presentation of a new public art programme. The project will commission artists, designers and facilitators to work collaboratively with groups and individuals from the local community to co-design and create artwork for the Hub’s open spaces. The programme will working with two core groups connected to the centre – The Beacon Club, a day care centre for people with dementia and the Youth Services centre.

Bridie Ashrowan, chief executive, Space and Broomhouse Hub, said: “We’re looking forward to creating a beautiful garden with artists working alongside this vibrant and diverse community of south west Edinburgh. The project takes a truly inter-generational and empowering approach. It will allow our garden and open spaces to enrich everyone who encounters the work of Space & Broomhouse Hub.”

A full list of projects and activity awarded Open Project Funding in this latest round is available here.

Iain Munro, acting chief executive, Creative Scotland, said: “I am delighted to announce grants for such an incredibly diverse range of creative projects and activity taking place across Scotland.

“They are helping to develop and innovate artists practice, reaching into and impacting the lives of individuals and communities for the better.

“As the National Lottery prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday in November, we are proud to be able to support this great work across Scotland, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players.”

Over £583m National Lottery funding has been awarded across Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries over the last 25 years. Nearly 16,000 individuals, projects and organisations have benefitted from this enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life. To find out more, visit

Notes for editors:

1. Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts 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.

2. 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 Follow us @creativescots and

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