Media Release: Creative Scotland Awards

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THE winners of the Creative Scotland Awards were annouced at an award ceremony at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, hosted by Creative Scotland, in partnership with the Daily Record.

Spread across twelve categories the Awards are a chance to celebrate and spotlight cultural success stories, as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

Winners were chosen from a shortlist of 38 finalists selected from over 350 nominations made by the Scottish public. Over 400 guests attended the ceremony hosted by Scottish comedian and presenter, Fred MacAulay.

The winners and all the finalists demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of creativity across Scotland. The achievements of every winner are a cause for celebration.

From the artistic legacy of George Wyllie, to rising star Paul Brannigan and the film in which he made his brilliant debut, Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share.

From Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise Concert in Raploch to Glasgow’s legendary Òran Mór, from the work of Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany with the National Theatre of Scotland, to the nocturnal sensation at The Arches that was Whatever Gets You Through The Night.

The writing of Janice Galloway is celebrated, along with the musical achievements of Admiral Fallow and Mànran.

Fèis Rois’s inspiring educational music project with young people is recognised, as are the amazing achievements of a group of local young filmmakers in the Ferguslie area of Paisley.

Iain Munro, director of creative development at Creative Scotland, said:

“Tonight reminds us that Scotland is a world leader in creativity and the arts. These awards celebrate an inspiring mix of artistic achievements and talent – from recognised artists to rising stars.

“I would like to thank all the members of the public who nominated their artistic highlights, many of which took place in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland – a 12 month showcase of the country’s cultural strengths.

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.”

Allan Rennie, editor-in-chief of the Daily Record, said:

“This is a celebration of Scotland’s greatest natural asset – the winners tonight demonstrate Scotland’s tremendous breadth and depth of creative talent. Congratulations to them all.”

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who presented the Visual Award, said:

“I am very proud of Scotland’s arts and culture, which is known around the world for its quality and ambition. Our artists and cultural sector also deserve praise and recognition at home for the way they inspire and enrich all our lives. These awards celebrate the scope and scale of Scotland’s exceptional creative talent and I congratulate the winners as well as all those who were nominated.”

The award ceremony saw exciting performances from Nicola Benedetti, Mánran, and Lorne MacDougall, a reading from Tom Pow, and an aerial dance performance from All or Nothing. Up and coming talent Gillian Shackleton, aged 20 from Kinross, Perthshire, entertained the crowd after winning the Young Scot Pathways to Music competition. Guests were also invited to give donations to Glasgow’s Women’s Library or to buy pieces from the 21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds collection.



The Angels’ Share: Bitter-sweet comedy directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, and Siobhan Reilly. The Angels’ Share tells the story of a young Glaswegian father whose life is changed by a trip to a whiskey distillery.


George Wyllie: 2012 has seen a major exhibition at the Mitchell Library celebrating the life and legacy of internationally renowned Scots artist, George Wyllie MBE, who passed away in May this year at the age of 90.  Wyllie produced a number of notable public works, such as The Straw Locomotive and The Paper Boat.


Fèis Rois: Fèis Rois worked with The Bridge in Inverness on a project to engage and inspire young people from difficult backgrounds through music. Traditional musicians worked with the group playing instruments, singing and song writing. At the end of the project the young people recorded their material and designed their own CD cover.


Paul Brannigan: Star of Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share, Paul was spotted by screenwriter Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach and offered the lead role in the film after working as a football coach in the Barrowfield community in Glasgow and helping to tackle knife crime as part of a Strathclyde Police initiative.


Òran Mór: Formerly Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Òran Mór, is a thriving arts & entertainment venue in the heart of Glasgow’s West End. Òran Mór’s ground-breaking lunchtime theatre programme A Play, a Pie and a Pint began in 2004 and now commissions 37 new plays a year across a range of genres from tragedies and monologues to comedies and musicals.


Mànran: Combining Gaelic/English songs backed with an array of instruments, traditional music band Mànran regularly perform across Europe, and are staples of the Scottish festival circuit. Their debut Gaelic single Latha Math was produced by two of the country’s top producers, Calum Malcolm (Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds and Runrig) and legendary accordion player and musician Phil Cunningham.


Admiral Fallow: Formed in 2007 by singer/song-writer Louis Abbott and based in Glasgow, Admiral Fallow, write and perform folk/pop. The band released their second album Tree Bursts in Snow this year. Their admirers include Guy Garvey of Elbow and Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots.


The Arches – Whatever Gets You Through the Night: An ambitious multi-disciplinary live event created by Cora Bissett with Swimmer One and David Greig, inspired by the hours between midnight and 4am. The project also took the form of a book, a film and an album.


The Zombie Project, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums: The Zombie project gave local youngsters in the Ferguslie area of Paisley the chance to write, direct and star in their own movie. The Zombie Project had a positive impact on the whole community with parents and grandparents also being drafted in to help with the costume design and make-up workshops.


Janice Galloway: Award-winning writer of novels, short stories, poetry, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti. Earlier this year Galloway won the 2012 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, in partnership with Creative Scotland, for her memoir All Made Up.


John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone, National Theatre of Scotland (NTS): Scotland’s multi-award-winning company NTS takes its work to venues across Scotland and internationally.  John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone have been nominated for the leadership and artistic direction of NTS during a period in which they oversaw the production of a raft of high quality theatre, including Macbeth, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Black Watch.


Big Noise Concert, Raploch: Since 2008, children from the Scottish community of Raploch, Stirling, have taken part in the Big Noise orchestra programme.  In 2012 the children performed live on stage with conductor, Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in an event which marked the official opening of the London 2012 Festival.

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Notes to editors:

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

About the Year of Creative Scotland 2012: The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and is a chance to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is the sole resource of its kind in Scotland. Inspired by international feminist art and archive projects from the 1970s on, it launched in Garnethill in 1991. In its first two decades GWL grew from a grass-roots project run entirely by volunteers into an Accredited Museum visited by thousands each year. To mark GWL 21st birthday, and with the support of funding from Creative Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, GWL commissioned 21 women artists and 21 women writers to each create new limited edition fine art prints and pieces of new creative writing inspired by items and artefacts in its collections. The participating artists some of Scotland’s most significant creatives including Lucy Skaer, Claire Barclay and master print makers Jacki Parry and Elspeth Lamb amongst others. Guest will be offered the opportunity to buy prints from 21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women’s Library and to sponsor the library selection (£1,000), shelf (£100) or book (£10).

The ‘Pathways to Music’ project gives young people across Scotland the opportunity to get involved in music, have a go at playing instruments and hear from experts in the industry. Pathways To Music has already toured venues and music festivals across Scotland, creating online articles and case studies about Scotland’s music scene and podcasts featuring unsigned acts, which can be seen here: A singer/ songwriter for Kinross, Gillian Shackleton started playing guitar at ten years old and discovered and developed a real passion for everything musical.

The Creative Scotland Award Trophies have been designed by Tamara Hicks, 26 of Thurso East, Caithness, Scotland, who is currently working for Caithness Stone Industries Ltd.

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