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Scottish artist Craig Coulthard Wins £460,000 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Commission

Arts Council England and London 2012 have announced yesterday (Thursday 22 October) that Scotland-based artist Craig Coulthard has been selected as the Scottish winner of a £460,000 (Lottery funded) commission for Artists taking the lead, one of the major projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Forest Pitch was selected by an independent panel of artists and producers from the five projects shortlisted in August from a total of 90 Scottish entries.

Craig Coulthard’s Forest Pitch involves a football pitch hidden within a forest and visible only from the London to Edinburgh flight path above. Trees are felled to make way for a football pitch and used to create a stand, goalposts, changing room/exhibition space.

One football match is scheduled to be played on the pitch, open to spectators and once the match has taken place, the pitch will be left to become taken over by nature again. The changing room is kept as a simple exhibition space to document the project.

The pitch itself, with surrounding infrastructure will be taken over again by the natural world and newly planted trees, to become a living relic of the Olympics, in contrast to the new buildings created in London for the Games.

Forest Pitch is one of 12 commissions that will be realised across the UK over the next three years, each inspired by their location and celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There is one commission for each of the nine English regions and the nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Craig Couthard

Craig Coulthard said:
‘It has become clear while putting in the hard work for the Forest Pitch proposal and presentation that this is an achievable and exciting idea and I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to realise it and am delighted to be a part of the Cultural Olympiad.  I am confident that this project will be a great success and look forward to working with the Scottish Arts Council and many other people to make it happen.’

For more information visit Artists Taking the Lead website.

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