Tom and audience

Dumfries and Galloway poetry charity shares in National Lottery funds

Dumfries and Galloway charitable organisation, The Bakehouse Community Arts (TBCA), has received £14,793 in National Lottery funds through Creative Scotland in the latest round of Open Fund awards. 

It is among 51 creative projects and research and development initiatives across Scotland sharing in over £820K of National Lottery and Scottish Government funding. 

Based in Gatehouse of Fleet, The Bakehouse Community Arts promotes poetry and the spoken word, hosts events and offers workshops for local writers.   

This funding will support the organisation’s eBakings project; a new online poetry platform which will showcase the work of new and established writers and help the organisation reach a wider audience.  

Chrys Salt MBEArtistic DirectorThe Bakehouse Community Arts, said:  "It’s wonderful to know we have funding to realise our plans for eBakings in 2021 and support the work of so much Scottish talent along the way. It will be a busy but exciting year. 

“This is a great opportunity to record up and coming voices like Ciara Maclaverty and Alan McClure, as well as those like Tom Pow who have made a fantastic contribution to the Scottish poetry scene." 

Iain MunroChief ExecutiveCreative Scotland said: “The Open Fund is enabling creative people and organisations to explore ways of working that is helping them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances brought about as a result of Covid-19.   

“From researching and developing new work and practices, to exploring safe ways to reach and engage audiences, these projects reflect the resilience, innovation and determination of Scotland’s creative community in the face of extremely challenging circumstances. 

“Made possible by the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, and the Scottish Government, these awards are helping to sustain the immense value that creativity adds to our lives.” 

Image credit: Richard Macfarlane 

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Katya Speight

Media Relations & PR Co-ordinator

Creative Scotland


Notes to editors

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.  

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.  

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