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National Lottery funds support Highland creative projects

Four creative projects taking place across the Highlands are sharing in £93,376 National Lottery funding in the latest round of Creative Scotland Open Fund awards. 

Funding for Lyth Arts Centre (LAC) will enable a period of organisational development and the roll out of a busy programme of activity spotlighting the natural environment and climate action, the growth of the Caithness Artists in Residence scheme and the welcome return of LAC’s festive activities, throughout the winter months. 

Skye and Raasay’s SEALL Festival of Small Halls is bringing Scotland’s finest traditional musicians to some of the nation’s most remote rural halls. The festival is a celebration of island life and Highland musical heritage centred around Scotland’s national day. This year nine musicians will take up residence at the Sligachan Hotel for eleven days, making new music and forging new collaborations. 

Marie Lewis, Creative Director at SEALL commented: “Small Halls workshops reach around 640 students in all schools on Skye and Raasay and have inspired many young people to continue their music instruction or to take it up for the first time. We will continue to use Small Halls to support our young rising talent.”

Ullapool Book Festival will welcome book lovers back to the festival from 6-8 May 2022 for their 18th edition. Amongst a stellar line up their 2022 programme includes two Giller Prize winners and a short-listed Booker Prize author. Keep an eye on their website for programme announcements.  
Chair of Ullapool Book Festival Joan Michael said: “We have welcomed well over 200 writers as well as many musicians in past festivals and the 2022 programme of poets, playwright, and fiction and non-fiction writers enlivened with music carries on this tradition.  Next year’s guests are from Scotland, Estonia and Canada and we’ll also have our usual Gaelic session with simultaneous translation which is sure to be thought-provoking and challenging.” 

The Highland projects are among the 36 creative initiatives across Scotland sharing in over £772,000 of National Lottery funding in the latest round of Open Fund awards.   

Iain Munro, CEOCreative Scotland said: “These Open Fund grants are capable of making a palpable and positive difference to the lives and careers of artists, and more widely to those of us living within Scotland’s communities. Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every year, these awards continue to support communities the length and breadth of Scotland, inspiring generations and boosting overall wellbeing.” 

A full list of Open Fund recipient 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


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.  

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Image credit: Image courtesy of SEALL Festival of Small Halls.