Arts Funding: £2.4m in new grants to artists and companies from Creative Scotland

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Artists, writers, crafts designers, musicians, galleries and theatre companies have been given £2.4m in funding from the national arts body, Creative Scotland.

On the final day of the Edinburgh festivals, the arts body has revealed 111 awards of between £1,500 and £100,000 to individual artists and organisations through the Open Project Funding scheme.
More than half of the funding has been given to individuals and groups to allow them to develop, research, create and tour work.

Artists receiving funding in this round include authors Nicola White and Ewan Morrison; visual artists Gair Dunlop, Adrian Wiszniewski and Rachel Maclean; crafts maker Laura Spring; musicians Paws, Matthew Whiteside and Breabach; and dancers and choreographers Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew.

Wiszniewski, one of the ‘New Glasgow Boys’, has been awarded £25,000 for research and development for Identity Through Landscape, a painting study comparing the landscapes of New Zealand and Scotland.

The National Theatre of Scotland has received £90,000 towards Granite, a new site-specific piece of participatory theatre “made by and for the people of Aberdeen.”

Morrison has received £8000 towards the creation of Luna, a literary thriller set in a seaside town in the Scottish Borders.

The artist and choreographer Marc Brew has received £77,500 funding to raise the profile of his company’s work in Scotland and internationally.

He said: “I am delighted to have Creative Scotland’s support to allow me to take ‘For Now, I am… and (i)land’ out to audiences around Scotland and excited to take it to more remote areas, such as the Western Isles and Moray.

“I created For Now, I am… to make it adaptable to fit into smaller venues, without compromising the quality of the work and to bring in an audio describer for some of the shows. Creative Scotland’s support will also allow my producer and I time to develop links with venues both here and internationally, as well as to build our education programme.
“Already, we have received more 4 & 5 star reviews at the Fringe, so hope that brings in more audiences to the work.”

On receiving £10,000 funding towards the creation of a new novel, Nicola White, winner of the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize, said: “The support of Creative Scotland for this new work is not only welcome, but crucial.

“It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it a lifeline, allowing me to develop my writing in a new direction over a concentrated period of time.”

Funding has also been awarded to organisations including Stills, Talbot Rice Gallery and Scots Music Group in Edinburgh; David Dale Gallery & Studios, Tricky Hat Productions and The Glad Café in Glasgow; Art Angel in Dundee; Spring Fling and Glenkens Community Arts Trust in Dumfries and Galloway, and Eastgate Theatre in the Borders.

Rachel Smillie, director of The Glad Café, said: “The funding from Creative Scotland is hugely significant in the development of the

Iain Munro, deputy chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “The arts, screen and creative industries make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our lives, regardless of who we are or where we live.

“Through this funding, artists and creative organisations are able to explore, develop and realise their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

“We are particularly pleased to see such a high number of emerging and established individual artists and creative practitioners who demonstrate quality, imagination and ambition in their work, being supported through these awards.”

Open Project Funding begun in October, 2014 and, alongside Regular and Targeted Funding, is one of Creative Scotland’s three funding pots.

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