£700,000 Support for Cultural Activity Across Scotland

£700,000 of Creative Scotland Open Project Funding has been awarded to 33 recipients, including individual artists, musicians, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries. Over £390,000 has been awarded through National Lottery funding.

A cross section of projects and individuals receiving funding in November 2017 includes:


Birnam Art Centre have received funding towards its 2018 programme that will include theatre, music, dance, lectures, comedy and an exhibition space for contemporary professional artists.

Aberdeen-based Look Again Festival of Design has received funding for its 2018 programme.

The Best Medicine Comedy Café has received funding to support its free participatory creative project for people living in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow with long-term ill health, mental health problems and addictions. Using comedy and storytelling, comedians Jojo Sutherland and Viv Gee will work with participants to develop their own comedy material based on their personal experiences.


Funding for Glasgow Zine Fest will support its two-day festival of self-publishing due to take place at CCA in April 2018.

The Ullapool Book Festival, 11-13 May 2018, has received funding towards its programme, which includes contemporary writers, poets, and writers of fiction and non-fiction. Joan Michael, Chair, Ullapool Book Festival said: “Ullapool Book Festival is delighted and grateful to receive the support of Creative Scotland for its 14th festival next May. We have an exciting line-up booked and we look forward to welcoming people to come and join us in a rather fabulous location. Great scenery and great writers – a stunning combination.”


In an award made towards Screen, Comrie Cinema and Events Club has received funding towards the Comrie Film Festival, 8-9 September 2018.


North Glasgow’s Milton Arts Project has received funding towards the Milton Music Festival, 15 September 2018 and funding for the Shetland Folk Festival, 3-6 May 2018, will support a programme featuring local musicians and visiting bands from all over the world at venues the length and breadth of the Island.On receiving funding Ali Hutton said: “This funding will help the continuation, and growth of a musical partnership over 20 years in the making. Symbiosis 2 is another step forward in the continuation of the unique musical map which we create together.”

Trad band The Poozies, fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke and multi-instrumentalists Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie have all received funding towards the development of new material.


Among the dance awards, dance artist Katie Armstrong has received funding towards HAND//SHAKE, a new short movement duet.

Choreographers Louise Ahl, Emma Snellgrove and producer Nick Anderson have all received funding towards their professional development.


Emergents Creatives Community Interest Company Ltd have received funding to support a new collaborative design project between Scottish designers and makers and their Icelandic counterparts. Pamela Conacher, Director of Emergents said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Highlands and Islands makers to work with their Icelandic collaborators to develop new ways of working, create new work and share challenges and processes.”


Edinburgh-based theatre makers Tortoise in a Nutshell have received funding to research and develop a new multi-scale puppetry work Ragnarök.

Theatre Objektiv have received funding to produce a new work about the sinking of the SS Arandora Star, 2 July 1940, in which some 700 people lost their lives. Written by Raymond Raszkowski Ross and directed by Donald Smith, the production will cast new light on how and why this tragedy occurred through the stories of those who boarded the fatal ship.

Theatre Objektiv’s Raymond Raszkowski Ross said: "Building on Theatre Objektiv’s Scottish-European ethos and aesthetic, our aim is to produce a vibrant, multi-cultural and challenging full-length drama around the controversial sinking of the SS Arandora Star, July 2 1940, in which some 700 “enemy aliens”, many of them Scottish-Italians, lost their lives while being forcibly transported to Canada. Dramatizing a subject of national and international significance, of historical and political importance and of contemporary cultural relevance we are keen to explore our European inheritance at a time of great European (as well as National) debate."

Visual Arts

Dumfries and Galloway-based arts organisation and gallery CAMPLE LINE has received funding to support new projects with visual artists Louise Hopkins and Karen Cunningham for exhibition in 2018, and The Contemporary Arts Society has received funding to present their Public Collections Development Programme in Scotland 2018-2020.

Engage Scotland have received funding to produce Celebrate ART a new, year-long collaborative visual arts programme led by young people aged 16-25. Engage Scotland said: “Celebrate ART will give young people in three different places in Scotland the opportunity to engage with art and artists and each other whilst developing their skills and creativity through creating artwork together.”

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