Media Release: Creative Place Award shortlisting for East Lothian

Shortlist announced for Scotland’s celebration of creative endeavour taking place within smaller communities

Winners to be announced at awards ceremony: The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Wed 23 Jan, 2013

CREATIVE Scotland has announced the shortlist for the country’s Creative Place Awards.

Now in its second year, the Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being.

The shortlist has been made across three categories:

* Places with less than 2,500 residents

* Places with less than 10,000 residents

* Places with less than 100,000 residents

East Lothian has been shortlisted alongside Orkney and Kilmarnock in the category for places with under 100,000 residents. The category winner will receive £150,000

For places with under 10,000 residents, the only shortlisted nominee is Huntly. The prize money for this category is £100,000.

From Unst Fest on the most northerly inhabited island in the UK, to the stunning shores of Rosneath Peninsula, the vibrant festivals of East Lothian to the inspirational musical scene of the Pathhead Music Collective, a total of nine Scottish communities have reached the final stage and the winners will be announced at the Creative Place Awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 January, 2013 at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews.

East Lothian’s four recently-established festivals offer individual success stories. These include: Fringe by the Sea, Lennoxlove Book Festival, Lammermuir Festival and Dunbar Science Festival. A Creative Place Award would be used by each individual festival to programme ambitious new site specific work, and support the creation of a new organisation tasked with co-ordinating ways in which they can work and grow together.

Speaking on behalf of the four festivals in east Lothian, James Waters, director of Lammermuir Festival, said: “We see the Creative Scotland Creative Place initiative as an exciting way to encourage local collaboration and we are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award.”

Finalists have been selected for the wide involvement of the whole community, as well as the track record of their existing plans. The winner of each category will receive a cash prize which will enable them to enhance and promote their future activity.

Iain Munro, director of creative development for Creative Scotland, said:  “The awards offer a chance to celebrate and reward creativity within Scotland’s diverse communities. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted places – we were extremely impressed by the creative vitality and energy which is taking place across Scotland. The shortlist offers a terrific example of how embedding arts and culture within the foundation of a community strengthens and improves people’s lives.”

The Creative Place Awards judging panel is made up of individuals with expertise across the arts, media, tourism and community development including: Marie Christie, international events director, culture, EventScotland; Andrew Dixon, CEO, Creative Scotland (chair of Jury panel); Janice Forsyth, broadcaster; Pat Kane, writer, musician and activist; Fiona Logan, CEO Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Andy Milne, CEO, SURF – Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network.

Fiona Logan, CEO Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, and one of the judges, said: “I’m always hugely impressed by the amount of drive and passion shown by communities to showcase the very best of their local area and it’s great that we have such a wide range of applications to consider. I’m delighted to be involved and hope other communities take some inspiration from what has been achieved.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 January 2013 at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews.

St Andrews received a 2012 Creative Place Award. Commenting on the impact the award has had, project director, Jacqueline McKay, said: “The award has provided a real focus for the arts in St Andrews and has brought festivals together to work in partnership to tell our creative stories with enhanced impact. We now have a Creative hub that projects and festivals can work out of, and we’ve attracted additional support for our year round calendar of projects. Importantly we’ve established new opportunities to collaborate with the business and tourism community and are confident that this way of working is here to stay.”


For more information about the Creative Place Awards visit:


Notes to editors:

The Creative Place Awards aim to celebrate the value of creativity to the social and economic wellbeing of smaller communities across Scotland, and to reward the hard work and imagination of such places.

Shortlisted nominees have been selected for the wide involvement of the whole community, as well as the creativity of their existing plans.

Category winners will receive a cash prize enabling them to enhance their activity further. The awards were not open to the nation’s cities.

This is the second year of the awards which will run until 2014.

The awards are part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, a year-long celebration of Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths.

Details of each shortlisted nominee can be found below:

There are three award categories:

* For places with under 2,500 residents (cash award: £50,000)
* For places with under 10,000 residents (cash award: £100k)
* For places with under 100,000 residents (cash award: £150k)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited present to the judging panel on Monday 03 December. The panel will then discuss each shortlisted place in relation to the key criteria and agree winners in each of the three categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in January.

The Creative Place Awards application deadline was 20 July 2012. Applications were assessed against the criteria outlined below and recommendations put forward to the shortlisting panel.

Applications criteria:

* Track record of distinctive creative programme.Plans to enhance and promote programme in 2013.
Evidence of community collaboration.

* Track record of attracting visitors and appropriate marketing plans for 2013.

* Evidence of collaboration between cultural organisations and local business/ tourism organisations.

* Monitoring and evaluation.

The Creative Place Awards are taking place as part of The Year of Creative Scotland – a Scottish Government led initiative in partnership with EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 offering a platform to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths.

Creative Scotland has distributed around £8m National Lottery funds to support arts and cultural activity throughout the country in celebration of the Year of Creative Scotland.

More information about the programme can be found at:

Creative Scotland is the national lead and development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.

Media contact:

Sophie Bambrough
Media Relations & PR Officer
Creative Scotland
T: 0131 523 0015
M: 07747606146

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