Highland The Morrich Project image 2 by Julia McGhee

National Lottery funds support Highland creative projects

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

A new dance project entitled The Morrich Project taking inspiration from the Morrich More area and New Music Scotland’s forthcoming programme are among the 53 projects in total sharing in over £1.2 million 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.

The Morrich Project is a work in progress from dance artist and choreographer Julia McGhee. Taking inspiration from an area of land near her home in Easter Ross, called Morrich More, she will work with four artists to investigate artistic responses to this landscape in multiple forms: live contemporary physical performance outdoors and indoors, soundscape and screendance.

Julia McGhee says: “The funding enables me to offer other artists the opportunity to come and work with me in Easter Ross and to share my work as it develops both with my local community, with audiences in the Central Belt and more widely through online presentation.”

New Music Scotland will continue to connect, enable and support musicians and those involved in the sector via their 2021 – 2022 programme of work.

With a focus on networking and communication, profile and visibility, training and research and development, the organisation seeks to benefit all those who work in or have a passion for new music.

Karen Dufour, Project Manager says: “New Music Scotland are delighted to receive this funding. It comes at a vital time for the organisation to continue supporting, championing and spreading the reach of new music in Scotland, and its creators.”

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 FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot, 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.  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. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   

Image credit: The Morrich Project, image by Julia McGhee.