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Argyll and Bute-based projects supported by Open Fund awards

Three projects based in Argyll and Bute have received funding in the latest round of Open Fund awards from Creative Scotland.

They are among 58 projects across Scotland which are sharing over £1.6 million of National Lottery and Scottish Government funding.

These funds are supporting creative people, projects and organisations across Scotland to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances brought about by Covid-19 and helping to sustain creative development at this challenging time.

Among the work supported in Argyll and Bute is a project by the Mount Stuart Trust, which will commission acclaimed Scottish artist Katie Paterson to research and develop a future project, central to which is the climate emergency. Working with archives, libraries and herbariums of universities and botanic gardens, including Mount Stuart’s own botanical collection, the artist will focus on listing and then gathering images of all the plant species which have become extinct. Collaborators for the future artwork including illustrators, designers and textile artists, will also be identified.

Programme Director, Sophie Crichton Stuart said, "In this 20th anniversary year of our Contemporary Visual Arts Programme, we are exceedingly grateful to Creative Scotland for their support. It enables us to continue our working relationships with artists looking to the future even in these uncertain times. We are delighted to be working with Katie Paterson on this timely and exciting project and look forward to sharing her research findings."

Nowhere – Now Here is a 12 month interdisciplinary pilot project run by Knockvologan Studies, a creative research hub founded in 2019 and situated on the Isle of Mull in a coastal community of crofters, fishermen and newcomers. The project will explore the symbiotic relationship between the arts, the land and its inhabitants and will include residencies, workshops, exhibitions, publications, dialogue, guided tours and wild cooking.

“In a world of rapid and profound transformations, we are all designers… The more tradition is weakened, the more subjects must learn to design their own lives and shift from a prevalence of activities carried out in a traditional way to one in which choices are mainly of design,” Ezio Manzini (2015)

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said: “As we face ongoing challenges resulting from Covid-19, the Open Fund supports Scotland’s arts and creative community to continue to innovate and engage with people across the country. These awards also help enable individual artists, creative practitioners and organisations to develop and present new work, and sustain creative development.

“Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, and funding from the Scottish Government, these awards are helping to sustain the great value that creativity brings to our lives.”

A full list of recipients of Open Fund awards is available on the Creative Scotland website.

The fund has no deadlines, and full eligibility criteria and application guidance can be found on the Creative Scotland website.

Image credit: Exploring one of many extraterrestrial rock pools along the Knockvologan coastline. Photograph © Knockvologan Studies



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The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/ 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. www.creativescotland.com 

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