Media Release: Shortlist for 2014 Creative Place Awards announced


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

three categories, nine nominations

Winners to be announced at awards ceremony:
Wed 29 Jan, 2014 Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

IT is announced today, Friday 1 November, 2013, that nine Scottish communities have been shortlisted for the 2014 Creative Place Awards.

The awards celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of Scotland’s smaller communities, as well as their social and economic well-being.

Winners will be announced at the Creative Place Awards ceremony on Wednesday 29 January, 2014 at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock.

Nominations have 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

Nominees have been selected for the wide involvement of the whole community as well as the track record of their existing creative programmes.

The winner of each category will receive funding which will enable them to enhance and promote their future activity:

For places with under 2,500 residents, the three nominees are Kingussie, Ullapool and Helmsdale.  The winner of this category will receive £50,000.

For places with under 10,000 residents, the three nominees are Arran, Peebles and the area covering Cove, Kilcreggan, Rosneath, Clynder, Garelochhead. The winner of this category will receive £100,000.

For places with under 100,000 residents, the finalists are Falkirk, Dumfries and Orkney.

The winner of this category will receive £150,000.

Information on the successful nominees:

Under 2,500 residents (£50,000)


Kingussie has developed a year round programme of events called  ‘Little Town of Festivals’ whereby the town hosts a festival with an arts or cultural theme every month of the year. The ‘Creative Together’ strand would enhance the programme by enabling experts to be invited to give performances and talks, educational workshops, master classes and training courses, and would bring the festivals to the High Street with creative local menus in the restaurants and cafes, themed art exhibitions in the galleries, live music in the pubs and festival-themed shop window displays.


Ullapool community would like to use an Award to create a Creative Ullapool marketing campaign and to enhance and add value to existing events. They are also keen to work in partnership to develop a series of new commissions and programming ideas; offer a new workshop programme for the community; support individual artists to collaborate with artists across different artforms; hold a ten-day creative showcase and introduce a winter film festival.


Helmsdale is looking to run an additional programme alongside their planned Paradigm North project in 2014. This will be called Serendipitous North and will map the creative connections that exist within the remote community. Making visible the often unseen and unrecognised creativity of Helmsdale’s inhabitants while supporting the development of significant new work across multiple art forms by established creative practitioners, the project will celebrate and activate creativity within the community. Financial support and developmental assistance will be made available to participating community members and groups in order to harness the momentum it generates.

Under 10,000 residents (£100,000)


The Award would be used to engage professional arts practitioners to work with individuals and groups on the island; improve access to the arts for all sectors of the community; improve marketing skills and to nurture excellence by providing support for those with exceptional talent.


Peebles community would use the Award to support an imaginative set of activities, events and installations featuring art and artists within the context of work, study, tourism, leisure and play; the enhancement and extension of the existing festival programme and the development of a marketing strategy in collaboration with tourism and business sectors.

Rosneath Peninsula: Cove, Kilcreggan, Rosneath, Clynder, Garelochhead

An award would enable communities within the area to enrich and expand some existing activities with a number of new events.  These include a chamber music weekend whose programme will be reflective of the environment; a film festival; a book festival; a pop up gallery and a Parkour event. The award would also be used to help attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.

Under 100,000 residents (£150,000)


Falkirk community would use the Award to support a project called Acts Of Discovery aimed at offering audiences a fresh look at the area and its cultural offering. Based on the themes of people, routes and pathways, Acts Of Discovery will build on and complement Falkirk’s cultural offering by enhancing the existing 2014 cultural activity.


For Dumfries, the award would be used to support the commissioning of new cutting edge work by key arts organisations; deliver a community approach to marketing the arts and develop creative approaches to signage, land marking and orientation in the town.


Orkney has a number of flagship organisations such as the St Magnus International Festival, the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney Folk Festival and world-renowned jewellery, textile and craft industries such as Sheila Fleet, Tait & Style and Hume Sweet Hume, which are recognised nationally and internationally.

New organisations and festivals have emerged recently such as the Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival, the Orkney Storytelling Festival and the West Side Cinema. The award would be used to support a showcase of Orkney arts activities in Edinburgh; a landmark creative international conference; a series of creative projects in existing local activities and a special Winter Festival involving the main festivals and creative industries.

Iain Munro, deputy chief executive, Creative Scotland, said: “Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2014 Creative Place Awards.

“The high calibre of applications submitted was impressive and offer inspiring examples of how embedding arts and culture within the foundation of a community, strengthens and improves people’s lives.”

The deadline for applications was Monday 19 August 2013. 20 applications were received from a range of organisations across 12 local authority areas.

The Creative Place Awards nominees were selected by a panel made up of individuals with expertise across the arts, media, tourism and community development including from Creative Scotland, EventScotland, Visit Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

Speaking as one of the panel, Rhona Corscadden, senior events manager, EventScotland, said: “The calibre of the applications for this year’s awards is extremely high, and they highlight the strength of the creative industries across Scotland. These awards showcase the breadth of creative talent we have in our communities and each of the applicants should be congratulated for their achievements to date.”

Janice Macgregor, senior consumer PR manager – Pan Market, Visit Scotland, said: “I was incredibly impressed by the strength of the applications for this year’s awards. They showed a great deal of originality and creativity from communities across the country, congratulations to all of the finalists.”

Follow the Creative Place Awards updates on Twitter using #CreativePlaceAwards.


Notes to editors:

  1. The purpose of the Creative Place Awards is to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes of smaller, specific communities in Scotland. They aim to recognise achievements and ambitions in using these activities, both for the benefit of local communities, and to attract visitors.
  1. Shortlisted nominees have been selected for their track record in delivering a high quality programme of work, the quality of their plans to enhance their programme and for the involvement of the wider community. Category winners will receive funding to enable them to enhance their activity further. The awards were not open to the nation’s cities.
  1. 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
  1. Run by Creative Scotland and supported by EventScotland the awards encourage cultural organisations, community groups and/ or local authorities to represent their village, town or other community, and bid for an award that recognises its achievements in using its creative activities and programmes to promote the identity of the place.
  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 we will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit
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  1. EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.
  2. For information on previous Creative Place Award winners:

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