Media release: Forres High Street regeneration at heart of new Moray arts programme receiving £50,000 in National Lottery funding


A WIDE-reaching 12-month programme of interconnected arts projects and multi art-form residencies from Forres-based Findhorn Bay Arts is being supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

Forres High Street is the focus of the Creative Work Shop where artists will work within the local community, finding creative new ways to make a vibrant contribution to the regeneration in the local area.

Karen Dick, interim head of Place, Partnerships and Communities, Creative Scotland, said: “The people of Forres and the place they live are at the heart of this ambitious creative project. Artists will work with residents, experimenting and making new work, rooted in and inspired by the town’s historic past and contemporary challenges. The project will bring a fresh, creative energy to Forres’s high street and reinvigorate the heart of the town.”

Kresanna Aigner, creative director, Findhorn Bay Arts, said: “This project recognises the vitality of Moray’s creative sectors and the opportunity for arts and culture to contribute to community regeneration, education, and local development. The residency programme draws upon and develops our previous community engagement work which we’ve undertaken as part of the Findhorn Bay Festival, Culture Day Forres and ProjectARTS over the past six years.

“Through interactions with everyday occurrences on the High Street, the year long Creative Workshop residencies will engage residents and visitors alike through a multi-arts programme of activity, performance and conversations, bringing about positive change in how we see and use our high street spaces.”

Findhorn Bay Arts is currently putting in place an advisory panel for the Creative Work Shop. Applications for residency will open in January 2020 with the first residency expected to start in February 2020. For further info please visit:

A full list of projects and activity awarded through the Open Project Fund in this latest round, is available here.  In this round, over 30 creative projects and activities taking place across Scotland have received more than £600,000 of National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland.

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

Photo courtesy of Findhorn Bay Arts.

Notes for editors:

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 twi 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 Follow us @creativescots and

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