Glasgow release Pickled Ruxandra Cantir 22Jassy Earl

National Lottery funds support Glasgow creative projects

Creative projects from Glasgow-based artists and creative organisations are in motion thanks to National Lottery funding awarded through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund

A community arts programme within Govan, a 5-track collaborative EP from folk band RURA and a new physical theatre show are among the 53 projects in total sharing in over £1.2million of National Lottery funding.

These funds aim to support creativity across Scotland for artists, organisations and creative groups as they seek to build sustainability while emerging from Covid-19 restrictions.

RURA Featuring will consist of 5 tracks arranged and recorded in collaboration with some of Scotland’s most progressive and critically acclaimed musicians and folk artists. Two original track length music videos will accompany this release.

RURA’s Jack Smedley says: “This is a project we have spoken about for a long time, so we're delighted to finally have the opportunity and funding to make it happen! It's a real privilege to work with such an incredible group of artists, that we hold in the highest regard and we can't wait to get started.”

Govan’s community orchestra, The Glasgow Barons is about to launch Govan Recovery aimed at increasing “Govanite and Weegie wellbeing” in the face of Covid-19, deprivation and internet poverty. Bringing together community music making, filmed concerts and other local creative opportunities, Paul MacAlindin, Artistic Director, adds about the project:

"Govan has faced severe hardship through successive lockdowns, and so this funding allows The Glasgow Barons to respond to the community where it is now, weaving in several kinds of co-creation with residents to get us back on the road to a new, better future.”

Pickled Republic is an exciting solo show about our search and need for purpose from physical theatre performer Ruxandra Cantir. The final development of this work will result in a 50-minute physical theatre piece.

Creator/Performer Ruxandra Cantir says: “Developing this piece has been a fascinating journey, opening up many conversations on what gives meaning to our lives, how we can cultivate it, and how happiness and wellbeing depend on it. I am eager to share this piece with audiences, and to keep these important conversations going, especially against the backdrop of a pandemic (almost) passed.”

Joan Parr, Creative Scotland’s Interim Director of Arts and Engagement, said: “Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, these vital funds are helping artists to continue to develop and present their work and to bring extraordinary creative experiences to life within our communities.”  

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

Contact Information

Olivia Carr

Media Relations & PR Coordinator

Creative Scotland

0141 302 1708

07970 962 322

Notes to editors


  • In June 2021, Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development made 53 funding awards, totalling £1,246,122. 
  • The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development has no deadlines, and full eligibility criteria and application guidance can be found on the Creative Scotland website.  
  • In response to feedback from applicants, Creative Scotland’s Open Fund for Individuals will move to a simplified online application process from Tuesday 10 August 2021. Please note, this means that the Open Fund will be closing to applications from Individuals for one week, from Tuesday 3 August 2021. For full information visit our website.   
  • Individual artists and creators based in Scotland, are invited to book a place on one of our Sector Sessions to find out more about the redeveloped application process for this fund.  
  • More information about Covid-19 funding and resources can be accessed via, and through Creative Scotland’s Resource Directory for Covid-19
  • Regular updates on all emergency funding in response to COVID-19 are provided on Creative Scotland’s website.  

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. Further information at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   

Image credit: Pickled Republic, image by Jassy Earl.