Media release: Creative practitioners receive funding to Go, See, Share


SEVEN creative practitioners and projects from across Scotland have been selected to participate in the Go See Share Creative Industries initiative, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The initiative will enable a cohort of Scotland’s creative practitioners to explore new ways of working, forge new connections and share Scotland’s creative successes with international colleagues.

The knowledge and insights gained will be shared with industry and stakeholders back in Scotland, helping to make the sector stronger and more sustainable.

Orchestra Nevis Ensemble; the prop and model studio Gibbet FX; sustainable fashion business Nu Blvck; Edinburgh Zine Library; writer, musician and actor Morna Young; creative housing project Raising the Roof and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust will all explore the business models and working practices of leading companies and organisations on visits across the UK and to international destinations including the USA, Finland, Norway and Germany.

Clive Gillman, director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland, said: “The Go See Share Creative Industries Fund provides support to individuals and companies to take advantage of exceptional opportunities to travel and learn. It enables them to experience ways of growing more sustainable creative activity by learning from others around the world. They see how to build businesses and professional networks and, on return, share this back in Scotland, contributing their knowledge to a stronger and more sustainable sector here.”

Nevis Ensemble will visit Netherlands-based Ricciotti Ensemble, to learn about how how their organisational model has become sustainable over the last 50 years, observe both artistic and administrative working practices. The ensemble will consider what might be applied to their own practices in order to improve sustainability as the organisation develops.

Nv Black will meet with the Fair Fashion Centre, a pioneering organisation focussing on the intersection between profitability and sustainability based in the Glasgow Caledonian University campus in New York. The visit will allow Nv Black to learn from experts in the field, develop contacts and discover new sustainable fashion business models.

Raising the Roof, a project exploring radical models of housing for older age, will explore models for small-scale, environmentally-sustainable homes, and build others’ experiences into their own models and thinking for sustainability.

Sue John and Adele Patrick of Glasgow Women’s Library and choreographer and dance artist Janice Parker will visit Vauban in Freiburg, the world’s first housing community which produced a positive energy balance, as well Berlin-based co-operative housing projects, Ritter Strasse 50 and Spreefeld.

Callum MacDonald of prop and model studio Gibbet Fx will visit House of Helsinglight, a creative hub based in rural Sweden, specialising in special effects make up, to learn from their studio model and explore whether such a model is viable for sustainable practice in Scotland.

Writer, musician and actor Morna Young and collaborator Beth Morton will meet with Finnish creative organisations including the Finnish National Theatre to explore the practicalities and logistics of international co-productions including financial and environmental impacts, with a particular focus in considering mythology through an international lens.

Ali Bowden of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and Ásta Ásbjörnsdóttir of the Scottish Storytelling Centre will travel to Oslo’s House of Literature to explore how it was established, its business model and how it engages diverse audience as it supports literature and artists.

Details of all Go See Share recipients can be found here:

The Go See Share Creative Industries Fund was established in 2018 responding to Creative Scotland’s wider Creative Industries Strategy. The strategy takes a developmental approach towards growing sustainable creative businesses, with a particular focus on business model development and income generation, through time-limited interventions.

Photograph courtesy of Nevis Ensemble.

Notes for editors:

The Go See Share Creative Industries Fund is open to Scotland-based artists and creative practitioners, as well as representatives of arts organisations and creative businesses. The fund aims to support recipients to consider ways to expand their business, with an emphasis on economic sustainability.

About Creative Scotland: 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.

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