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Banchory shortlisted for £125k Creative Places award

Nine Scottish communities shortlisted for the Creative Place Awards 2015

Published: 19 Mar 2015

This Old House (Dalmore Beach, Isle of Lewis), copyright Colin Cameron Photography

Communities shortlisted across three categories:




Winners to be announced at Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at Falkirk Town Hall

Creative Scotland is pleased to announce today, Thursday 19 March, 2015 the nine Scottish communities that have been shortlisted across three categories for the Creative Place Awards 2015.

Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been awarded to smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. The awards recognise the communities’ ambitions in using the arts for the benefit of both local residents and visitors to their area.

A Creative Place Award is both an accolade and a grant, which Creative Scotland awards to a few specific communities each year. The accolade recognises the creativity and co-operation in these communities, whilst the grant funding supports their ambition to further develop their creative programme and profile.

The shortlist has been made across three categories:

The three communities shortlisted to win £50,000 are: Aberfeldy, Bathgate and Moniaive.

The three communities shortlisted to win £100,000 are: Forres, Isle of Arran and Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

The three communities shortlisted to win £125,000 are: Banchory, Fort William and Stornoway

Janet Archer, Chief Executive at Creative Scotland said: “Congratulations to the nine places shortlisted for this year’s Creative Place Awards. We received a number of high calibre applications from across Scotland, and for our panel selecting the final shortlist was no easy feat.

“The quality and quantity of the applications received this year are a testimony to how much Scotland values it's culture and how important creativity is to communities across Scotland. Previous winners are a positive example of how much is going on across Scotland and celebrate the social, cultural, educational and economic impact that artists and communities working together can generate, benefiting local people and visitors alike and stimulating a rich sense of wellbeing and quality of life. I look forward to seeing everyone at the awards in June and wish all the shortlist the best of luck.”

Applications were encouraged from cultural organisations, community groups and local authorities across Scotland, to represent their village, town or community to bid for an award.

The shortlist has been selected for proposing an imaginative and ambitious programme of arts and creative activities, which has been developed through consultation with a range of organisations in their communities. They have also indicated a good level of collaboration with potential partners to support and deliver the programme. The deadline for applications was 2 February 2015. 32 applications were received from a range of organisations across 21 local authority areas.

The Creative Place Award shortlist were selected by a panel made up of individuals with expertise across the arts, tourism, enterprise and community development from Creative Scotland, Event Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 10 June, 2015 at Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk. Falkirk has been selected as the host of this year’s awards after winning a Creative Place Award in 2014.

Falkirk community are using their Award to support a project called Acts of Discovery, offering audiences a fresh look at the area and its cultural offering. Based on the themes of people, routes and pathways, Acts of Discovery builds on and complements Falkirk’s cultural offering.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism for Falkirk, said: “We are delighted to host the 2015 Creative Place Awards in Falkirk. 2014 was our year to celebrate creativity in Falkirk and the award has supported us to further develop what was already a vibrant, creative and cultural part of Scotland. We are pleased to pass the baton to the 2015 Creative Places, wherever they may be, and continue our own work within the cultural landscape.”

Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “We are so pleased to provide the host venue for this year’s Creative Place awards. The Trust worked with local partners to create diverse and challenging projects with our Creative Place award and it’s a wonderful legacy not only to see those projects come to fruition but also to see the 2015 Creative Place award winners setting out on their journey as we did a year ago.”

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Information on the shortlist:

£50,000 Award

Aberfeldy community would like to use the award to create Aberfeldy Arts - a year-long campaign, with a focus on a specific artform each month during the campaign.  It is intended that Aberfeldy Arts would become self-sustaining, and able to continue after the end of the Creative Place Award project.

The Bathgate community would like to use an award to set up a community choir for all age groups; offer a series of lunchtime cabaret activities for older people; and establish a film and documentary making course for young people.

The award would be used to connect existing cultural activities under three programme strands: visual arts, music and literature. This would support the work of creative professionals based in Moniaive; expand opportunities for people living in Moniaive to be involved in creative activities and promote creative work to attract visitors and support local businesses.

£100,000 Award

The Forres community would like to use the award to support and promote ‘Culture Day’ 2015 and 2016; Project Arts; and Culture Café networking events. Culture Day has previously showcased over 100 organisations with events taking place in town centres and local community hubs. This project would build on previous work, offering an enhanced programme and providing a small funding pot to assist artists to take part in the events. Project ARTS would aim to support the creation of a wide range of public art and creative work which connects with local businesses or community organisations or connects with Forres while engaging new audiences. Culture Café would be a regular networking event held at different locations across Moray, focussing on network and development functions in Forres.

Isle of Arran would use the award for four key planned activities. The Sleeping Warrior will be an environmental theatre exploration piece.  The Art Trail will be a visual arts/craft project to highlight the location of places of environmental interest. First Footfall will be a video installation and physical exhibition that traces and evokes the experiences of the first peoples to set foot on the Island. Remembered words in Stone, will be a site specific visual arts project based at the recently opened local authority care home.

The community would like to use the award to launch Park Premiers TV, an innovative digital media project designed with two main objectives: to showcase the high quality and diverse creative activity within the Park and celebrate the communities in which this creativity thrives; to establish a creative industries training project to develop creative skills within the park.  Participants from communities across the National Park area will be invited to take part in training in creative filmmaking, digital photography and audio recording. Films created will be showcased throughout the Park in a series of Park Premiers TV Roadshows, with car parks and village squares turned in to pop up cinemas as well as films being hosted within a bespoke online TV portal.

£125,000 Award

The award will be used to support a four- stranded programme that will continue to place artists and creativity at the forefront of exploring the town’s identity. Activity includes: Banchory Stories - recording and preserving creative stories from local residents and creating and staging a new community play; Love Banchory - a multi-artform project involving the collation and creation of works relating to Banchory’s identity as a holiday destination; River Festival - an existing festival which features local artists and musicians; and Town Artists – to build a team of artists in Banchory to devise and oversee projects throughout the year.

The Fort William community would use the award to create a series of interwoven art and arboreal projects, at the heart of which is The Liberty Grove / Doire na Saorsa, a planting of 1,000 native trees throughout the region. New mountain-themed sculptures, signposts, and benches engraved with poems, will be set amongst a backdrop of young native trees and orchards, and artworks based on traditional shelters, creating an inspiring outdoor venue for cultural activities, events, and environmental education.  Working with different art forms, from sculpture and poetry to film, we will explore and interpret the ecology and heritage of the world-renowned landscape of Lochaber in new and innovative ways.

Stornoway and the surrounding villages would use the award for a programme to present and profile a route of artistic and cultural experiences into, throughout and beyond the town, so that Stornoway becomes a recognised gateway to the creative community of the Outer Hebrides. Key activities include innovative and creative residencies in Stornoway Port Authority, the new Lews Castle Museum and Archive and other key local businesses and venues; traditional and contemporary Gaelic music and performing arts events in intriguing and unusual places; commissioning works to create an arts trail and route through the town; curated exhibitions in pop up venues; walking and Segway tours incorporating digital storytelling; specialist creative business support and a programme of staff development for all partners to raise the quality of the visitor experience.