Media Release: New funding to improve arts and cultural facilities in Fife

KIRKCALDY Old Kirk, Dunfermline’s old Fire Station, Cambo Estate and the Lochgelly Centre have 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 historic town centre building, Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, is being transformed into a sustainable community arts and heritage centre and community music hub. Funding of £31,500 will contribute towards the first phase of design improvements being led by the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust.

The old Fire Station in Dunfermline’s town centre is being renovated into a cultural hub. Funding of £30,000 will go towards the creation of a ground floor arts resource which will include a gallery, cafe, classroom for artists, designers and the wider local community.

The Cambo Stables Project will improve cultural facilities at the Cambo Estate. Funding of £97,466 is towards the creation of dedicated arts facilities within the Stables for the creation and appreciation of artists’ work to grow and expand its existing cultural programme for visitors.

Fife Cultural Trust will develop the Lochgelly Centre with support of £56,000 funding. Work will include renovation of the main theatre and studio theatre, improved lighting, IT and film making equipment. The provision of aerial facilities in the sports hall space will develop it into a centre for aerial theatre and circus skills, an area of low provision in Scotland.

A spokesperson from the Cambo Institute, said:

“Cambo Institute is delighted to hear of Creative Scotland’s support to our Cambo Stables Project and looks forward to being able to grow and expand our exciting programme of arts events in the Learning Loft of our new visitor hub.”

Rosemary Potter, chair of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, welcomed the news of the award:

“We are delighted to be able with this funding to improve the facilities in the historic Old Kirk for the whole community, including audiences, performers and the public engaging with their heritage. Thank you to Creative Scotland!”

The team behind the old Fire Station project, said:

“The team at Fire Station Creative are delighted and grateful for the support from Creative Scotland. This is a significant step forward for the project and will make a real impact on the timescale for opening the doors. We’ve continued to receive support from creative people all over Fife and we really look forward to working with Fife Council, who have been very generous to date in offering their expertise and advice, and providing a facility where the local community can meet and create.”

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.”

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, Dunfermline’s old Fire Station, Cambo Estate and the Lochgelly Centre represent four of twenty-two 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 also 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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