Creative Scotland newsletter




Joan Cleville Dance, The North. Photo: Nicole Guarino




Top stories this month include £850,000 Open Project Funding awarded in January, a new CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund, an interview with Richard Ashrowan of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and a look ahead to Ilana Halperin's Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) exhibition at Aberdeen's Peacock Visual Arts. 



Stammer Productions



£850,000 support for cultural activity across Scotland

Find out who were the recipients of Open Project Funding awards made in January.

Youth Arts Advisory Group members at TTS Unconvnetion, photo: Eoin Carey



Young Scots to help shape the future of the arts in Scotl?and

Volunteers aged 14-23 sought to join the National Youth Arts Advisory Group.



CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund



CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund launched

The fund aims to tackle inequalities in the arts by focusing provision on Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.

Translated Scottish titles



Scottish books go international with Translation Fund

In 2016 the Publishing Scotland fund supported the translation of 20 Scottish titles.




Material Men, photo: Chris Nash



Scotland’s leading festival of Dance announces 2017 programme

The second edition of the biennial Dance International Glasgow (DIG) will take place from 21 April - 21 May.

The Spook School



Scottish musicians going to SXSW with International Showcase Fund

Artists include Anna Meredith, Happy Meals, PAWS, Pinact, Pooches, Sam Gellaitry, Spinning Coin, The Spook School and Womps.






Dancing at Macrobert



A spot of culture can make a huge difference to our sense of wellbeing

In this guest post, Bill Ward, Executive Director at Macrobert Arts Centre, talks about how culture and the arts can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Parched Dreams - Hillary Andujar and Angela Chen



Filmmakers and Artists head to Hawick for Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

We speak to Creative Director Richard Ashrowan about what to expect from the festival running 2-6 March.



Halperin taking new geothermal sculptures down from 'Yumetake' bamboo hotspring cooling system at Hyotan Onsen in Kannawa, Beppu.Courtesy of the artist, Patricia Fleming Projects and WAGON



Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) at Peacock Visual Arts

Artist Ilana Halperin and curator Naoko Mabon on the exhibition opening 30 March.

Maker Assembly, photo: Dan Sumption



Global Makers to gather in Edinburgh

Makers to exchange knowledge and ideas at Maker Assembly Edinburgh on 3 March.



We want your stories!Email us at to see how we can tell the story behind your projects and why #creativitymatters.






  Upcoming funding deadlines include:


·         Regular Funding 2018-21 - 3 April

·         Awards for All Scotland funding- ongoing

·         Made in Scotland Onward International Touring - ongoing

·         YMI Training and Continual Professional Development Fund - ongoing

·         PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund - ongoing

·         Open Project Funding - ongoing





Don't forget that our Opportunities website features a large number of funding and grants, awards and prizes for the arts, screen and creative industries, and you can advertise your own opportunities as well, connecting with creative people across Scotland.



News in Brief



National Lottery Awards 2017

The annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects is open for entries and nominations until 7 April.



Work with us

We are looking for an exceptional Senior Executive Assistant to provide comprehensive support to the Chief Executive and, where needed, the Chair and Board. Apply by 13 March.



Epic Awards People’s Choice Voting

Vote for your favourite group to win the People's Choice Award at this year's Epic Awards by 5 March.



Claire Byers appointed as Interim Director of Arts & Engagement

We are delighted to announce that Claire Byers will take up the post on 6 March for 18 months.



CPG on Culture

The next CPG on Culture will look at 'Cultural Regeneration – can planners and artists work together?' on 14 March at the Scottish Parliament. If you’d like to attend email



SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshops

Upcoming workshops on Reversing economic decline in Scotland’s towns on 18 May in Edinburgh and Promoting creative arts in community regeneration on 1 June in Paisley.



Getting creative with care

Creative Learning Officer Sarah McAdam takes a look at some of the creative initiatives aimed at helping young people in care.





Our Opportunities website connects creative people with creative opportunities across Scotland. Search for current opportunities in your area, post your own opportunities, and register to get weekly updates.



Header image: Joan Cleville Dance, The North (Nicole Guarino).


Photo credits: Eoin Carey; Chris Nash; courtesy of Ilana Halperin, Patricia Fleming Projects and WAGON; Dan Sumption


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