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More, Wider, Better: Inspiration for Communities

Communities across Scotland are celebrating a share of almost £800,000 to connect people through the arts and encourage long-lasting links between people, places and ideas.

Eight ambitious projects developed by, and for, their community have been awarded National Lottery-funded Inspiring Communities funds to provide more, wider, better participation in the arts;

The Big Issue will use writing, drawing, music and film-making to introduce the arts to those who have had few opportunities to participate, while a local community in Lanarkshire will work together to re-connect with its natural environment.

The funding will also help Scots Music Group teach homeless people in Edinburgh traditional music, residents in Paisley will create an outdoor gathering place and a series of permanent artworks will improve the local environment for Aberdeenshire residents.

Through active participation in the arts, the ‘Art-Works’ project in the Highlands will aim to provide disadvantaged and disengaged young people with experience of high quality artistic activity. Also receiving funding, Evolution aims to attract and engage locals and visitors with an arts explosion generating creative expression while the past and present of the place and residents of Creetown have inspired a 12-month project ‘Moments and Memories’.

Iain Munro, Co-Director of Arts congratulated the successful projects: ‘Introducing communities new to the arts to meaningful creative experiences has been a central theme of Inspiring Communities. 


'Each of the successful projects offers something unique to each community, genuinely rooted in their experience and history and we believe only the start of a lifelong legacy of creative expression and participation.’

The successful Inspiring Communities projects are:

Invergordon Off the Wall (Highland)
Evolution - an arts explosion generating creative expression by attracting and engaging locals and visitors alike.  This 18-month project will develop three public artworks around the industrial history of Invergordon, reflecting the community’s role in aluminium smelting, glass manufacture and stone quarrying.

Calman Trust Ltd (Highland)
The ‘Art-Works’ project is a three year project which aims to provide disadvantaged and disengaged young people with experience of high quality artistic activity as a means to widening their vision and, through active participation in the arts, promoting their ability and willingness to learn new skills, as a stepping stone towards independence.

Scots Music Group (Edinburgh)
Homeless and isolated people in the Edinburgh area will have new opportunities to take part in Scotland’s living traditions. Working with a range of Scotland’s singers, musicians and dancers and a number of partner organisations, the project will provide hands-on workshops for new learners over an 18 month period.

Tenants First Housing Co-operative (Aberdeenshire)
The project will engage local people, from the new housing estate in the Roanheads area of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, in the creation of a series of permanent artworks for which will improve the local environment and give an enhanced sense of community and place.  The project will involve the local community in the design and development of the art works, including people from groups traditionally excluded from participation in the arts.

Big Issue Foundation Scotland (Glasgow)
Using writing, drawing, music and film-making, this integrated arts programme will offer individuals tackling their addiction an opportunity to engage with the arts.

Creetown Initiative Ltd (Dumfries and Galloway)
‘Moments and Memories’ is a 12-month project inspired by the past and present of the place and people of Creetown to  develop a programme of activity that that offers opportunities for engagement with a level of quality and range that has not been experienced in the area before.  This outdoor project will focus on Adamson Square, created by the late Japanese sculptor Hideo Furuta. 

Ferguslie Park (Paisley)
The Tannahill Sound and Light Garden to be created in the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie park, Paisley, will be an outdoor gathering place for residents of all ages which will be designed and built by the local community and be a catalyst to enhance community involvement.  It aims to increase the community’s aspirations and provide an inspirational space, addressing the community’s need for artistic activities as well as transforming a green space in the heart of Ferguslie Park.  

Forth & District Millennium Wall Hanging Group (South Lanarkshire)
The project ‘Inspiring Landscapes’ seeks to interpret the changes in the rural landscape around the villages of Forth, connecting the community with its natural environment through an integration of digital imaging techniques and traditional visual art forms.  The project draws inspiration from the changing landscape around the village of Forth and aims to develop the artistic skills of rural people to interpret these changes through Wool, Words and Digital Photography.

Further details

For further details take a look at our Inspire webpages

See also
* Inspire Fund
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