Media Release: New funding to improve Highland’s arts and cultural facilities

FEIS Rois, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Eden Court Theatre have received funding from Creative Scotland as part of a national programme which helps organisations carry out refurbishments and purchase equipment.

Fèis Rois is a successful music tuition programme for children and young people in the Highlands. Funding of £10,223 will enable them to purchase two mobile recording units, computers and office furniture.

In partnership with Scottish Opera, Eden Court Theatre is redeveloping their orchestra pit.

Funding of £65,000 will support work to improve the sightlines between conductor and musicians, increase the area and headroom, and make the pit fully-accessible.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal supports the development of community-based Gaelic arts tuition festivals throughout Scotland. Funding of £23,764 will enable them to purchase new ICT equipment.

Colin Mar, director at Eden Court, said:

“We are delighted with the support of Creative Scotland towards this project that will allow companies such as Scottish Opera to bring their full repertoire and complete orchestras to Inverness.”

Calum Alex Macmillan, Fèisean nan Gàidheal development manager, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from Creative Scotland which will enable us to provide our member Fèisean with ICT equipment essential to the day to day running of their activities and to the development of opportunities for Fèis participants.”

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.”

Fèis Rois, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Eden Court Theatre represent four 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 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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Sophie Bambrough
Media Relations Officer, Creative Scotland
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M: 07747606146

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