Media Release: New funding to improve Aberdeen arts and cultural facilities

GRAMPIAN Hospital Art Trust (GHAT) has received funding from Creative Scotland as part of a national programme, which helps organisations carry out refurbishments and purchase equipment to improve access, presentation and enjoyment of arts and culture across Scotland.

The award of £56,000 will enable GHAT to support the development of a new creative hub, dedicated to the Healing Environment, located in the centre of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on the Foresterhill Health Campus.

The Suttie Space will be the headquarters of GHAT, and enable them to maintain and extend their programme of creative activities across NHS Grampian, involving exhibitions, displays, interactive events and education.

Leonie Bell, acting director of creative development at Creative Scotland, said:

“The improvement of buildings and the purchasing of equipment that these awards will support will enhance the diverse and valued range of work being carried out by these organisations from across Scotland, from Orkney to Glasgow and will help ensure audiences, participants, artists and creative practitioners have access to the best possible facilities.”

GHAT represents one of 22 Scottish arts and cultural organisations who have received a total of over £700,000 today, Wednesday 28 August 2013, through Creative Scotland’s Small Capital Programme, to assist in the improvement of facilities across Scotland.

Funding has been awarded to organisations across the country including Eden Court and Feis Rois in the Highlands, Gable End Theatre in Orkney, the old Dumfermline Fire Station and Kirkcaldy Old Kirk in Fife, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts and Stills in Edinburgh, Tron Theatre and The Glue Factory in Glasgow and Horsecross Arts in Perth.

Projects across country range from new centre for creative activity at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; new music making and ICT equipment for children and adults with learning disability across Scotland; development of a new retail area to house a selection of high-quality photography; a new performance space for Scotland’s national youth dance organisation and new equipment for community choirs are among the initiatives that will take place as a result of funding support.


Notes to editors:

1. Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. In 2013/14, Creative Scotland will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and

2. The purpose of the small Capital programme is to provide and improve cultural facilities, refurbishment, and equipment which deliver access to, and presentation and enjoyment of, the arts and film across the country for the population of Scotland. The programme aims to achieve high standards of design. Individual awards are made in the range £10,001 – £100,000. For further information about the Small Capital Programme please visit –

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