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Capital projects archive

The Scottish Arts Council’s programme for capital investment uses National Lottery funding to support the development of the infrastructure for the arts in Scotland . It does this by helping to provide a sustainable network of accessible arts facilities across the nation.

  • The arts play an important role in creating sustainable communities.
  • They are a focus for renewal in rural and urban areas.
  • They assist in the well-being of individuals and communities by encouraging and enabling social interaction.
  • They give the young, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged a voice and they are an investment in the creative energies and skills of future generations.

We fund projects for:

  • a wide range of equipment including theatre lighting, seating, musical instruments, and vehicles.
  • the development and improvement of buildings for, and as a resource for, the arts, and artists.
  • artists’ work in public places within Scotland.

We continue to encourage and support high quality, innovative, and architectural approaches to delivering the arts.

These are some projects which we feel encapsulate this approach.  Feel free to browse through these case studies and see the success stories for yourself:


Kutapira at Woodend Barn; Photo: Susan Whyte

Woodend Barn Arts Centre

A small capital grant had enabled a number of important improvements to be made to the Woodend Barn Arts Centre in Banchory.

TouchBase building; Photo: Andrew Crossan

Sense Scotland

New multi-million pound fully accessible building providing a community resource for disabled people, carers, families and the local community.

Abacus; Photo: Linda Mallett Dalry Primary School

The new Dalry Primary School in North Ayrshire is the latest manifestation of The Primary Space project.

Boat of Garten Community Hall interior; Photo: Chris Carter

Boat of Garten Community Hall

The newly opened multi-purpose venue for the community, in the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore.

Talbot Rice Gallery entrance. Courtesy: Talbot Rice Gallery

Doors Open Days 2007

Get a behind the scenes glimpse of some of the many arts organisations who are opening their doors during September.

Beacon; Photo: Alistair Peebles

Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Read about the £4.5 million redevelopment of the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney enhancing it's reputation as a Scottish gallery of international standing.

Exterior of St Andrew's in the Square

St Andrew's in the Square

In 2007 works were completed to St Andrews in the Square to improve its capacity to develop its prime purpose as a cultural venue.

Aerial view model; Photo: Nicoll Russell Studios

Howden Park Centre

Redevelopment of Howden Park Centre to create a landmark arts facility in West Lothian.

New Travelling Gallery launch, Waverley Court, Edinburgh; Photo: Susie Wright

Travelling Gallery

A unique, self-contained, custom-built mobile art gallery, which brings contemporary art exhibitions into communities throughout Scotland.

Out of the Blue exterior; Photo: Rob Houn

Out of the Blue, Edinburgh

Phase 2 of an ambituous re-design of a former army drill hall to create a state-of-the-art multi-arts hub.

The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm; Photo: Paul Graham

Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, is a recently refurbished multi-purpose venue for the community, located within Dumfries and Galloway.

 Eastwood Park Theatre Gallery; Photo: Ewan McGill

Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre, East Renfrewshire’s newly refurbished theatre venue, opened on 22 February 2007.

SPACE, Craigmillar; Photo: Castle Rock Edinvar

SPACE - Craigmillar Social Enterprise and Arts Centre

The former Craigmillar Primary School has been fully refurbished to create a centre of excellence for social enterprise and community arts.

Kirkintilloch Arts & Cultural Centre; Image: Page & Park Architects

Kirkintilloch Arts and Cultural Centre

A brand new arts and cultural centre will be the centrepiece of a new development in Kirkintilloch.

Platform at The Bridge, photo: Alaisdair Smith

Platform Easterhouse, Glasgow

Platform at The Bridge is an aspirational new cultural facility set in Greater Easterhouse, including purpose built arts facility Platform.

Cove Park Cubes long view: photo by Cove Park 

Cubes, artists accommodation at Cove Park, West Dunbartonshire 

A pionering use of old shipping containers as artists accommodation at Cove Park outside Glasgow. 

Scottish Storytelling Centre auditorium, photo: Simon Jones 

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh 

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, the world’s first purpose-built centre for storytelling had its official opening on 1 June.  

Harbour arts centre theatre space, photo by North Ayrshire Council 

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, North Ayrshire

After a refurbishment and the addition of a new extension Harbour Arts Centre Irvine reopened in September. 

Vesack At the Boilerhouse, photo: Clementine Sandison 

The Boilerhouse@ Hidden Gardens, Glasgow

The Boilerhouse @ Hidden Gardens. A new community building and walled garden opened to the public on 6 May 2006. 

An Turas, Tiree, Photo: Scottish Arts Council 

Architecture Week 16-25 June 2006

Scotland's Centre for Architecture Design and the City, The Lighthouse in Glasgow hosted this years Architecture Week events in Scotland.

An Lanntair "The Lantern", Stornoway; Photo: Nicol Russell Studios

An Lanntair, Stornoway

The An Lanntair (Gaelic for 'lantern') arts centre in Stornoway, Lewis on the Western Isles, opened on 1 October 2005 and was the venue for The Mod in 2005.

Auditorium City Halls Glasgow, Photo: Andrew Leitch 

City Halls, Glasgow 

Glasgow’s City Halls and The Old Fruitmarket reopened on Friday 13 January 2006 with a gala concert from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen, exterior, photo by Stewart Anderson

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

£2,000,000 of National Lottery funds has helped to redevelop His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen.

Screen Machine Take Two interior, photo: Hi-Arts

Screen Machine: Take Two

Read about how Screen Machine: Take Two is bringing cinema to the Highlands and Islands.

The glorious main entrance of the Hub: Photo: Scottish Arts Council

The Hub

Looking at one of the Scottish Arts Council's earliest National Lottery funded projects - the creation of a home for the Edinburgh Festival Society.

The New Harbour Arts Centre; Photo North Ayrshire Council

The Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

£537,995 awarded towards the Harbour Arts Centre project has created a resource serving the arts needs of the local community in Irvine.

Studio Theatre, Fife College

Adam Smith College

National Lottery funding of £500,000 helped Adam Smith College (formerly Fife College) create a new Creative Arts Learning Centre in Kirkcaldy. 

Exterior view of Hamilton Townhouse

Hamilton Townhouse

Hamilton Town House received £450,000 of National Lottery funding through the Scottish Arts Council as part of a £9.6m refurbishment programme. 

Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre

The Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre

After eight years of hard work and fundraising the Eastgate has been transformed into a jewel of a theatre with the help of £1,500,000 of National Lottery funds. 

WASPS Studios in Glasgow

WASPS Artists' Studios, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow

Situated in Glasgow, a former cigarette factory has been imaginatively converted into the largest artists’ studio complex in Scotland.

Public artworks

Platform 3 with marigolds; Photo: Pete Higgins

Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network (GREAN)

The Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network art garden project will increase access to contemporary art for the whole community, enhancing the exisiting community garden.

Linda Mallett ceramic panel; Photo: Linda Mallett

CatStrand Artworks, Glenkens

CatStrand, in New Galloway, is opening in September 2007 as a community arts centre and venue in the rural location of Glenkens, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Tae, detail; Deirdre Nelson & Anne Eunson: Shetland Amenity Trust

Public Art in Shetland Museum & Archives

60 individual artworks have been commissioned by Shetland Amenity Trust as part of it's Shetland Museum & Archives Public Art Project at Hay's Dock in Lerwick.

'Hollow of Snow' by Arthur Watson, Photo: Andrew Leitch 

Cairngorm - Reading a Landscape 

For the past four years, CairnGorm Mountain Trust has been working to develop an artist-led initiative at the heart of the Cairngorms.

Jeely Piece Club Shelter, photo: Castlemilk Environmnt Trust 

Reputations - Castlemilk, Glasgow 

'A Thread', a new public artwork has been created by artist Esther Shalev-Gerz and citizens of Castlemilk for Castlemilk Park, Glasgow

Sanctury Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, photo: Gingko Projects 

Sanctuary - Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 

Scotland's first new, specifically designed, non-denominational Sanctuary is now open at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Carved Stone by Hideo Furatu; Photo: Zvonko Cracrun 

Hideo Furuta - public art in Creetown 

The innovative redesign of Adamson Square in Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway, by internationally renowned artist Hideo Furuta is now underway.

Cosmic Sky., Threshold, courtesy Perth Concert Hall

Perth Concert Hall

£250,000, of National Lottery funds, helped to create Threshold artspace within Perth Concert Hall. 

Lightwork: Photo by Clementine Sanderson 

Fragrant Glasgow

FRAGRANT GLASGOW is the latest manifestation of an international arts project that uses the potency of flowers as a universal symbol across cultures and faiths.

Experimental arch close up - Striding arches; Photo: DGAA

Striding Arches

Looking at the progress of the Striding Arches project by Andy Goldsworthy to design and construct three standing sandstone arches in Dumfries and Galloway.

Susie Hunter's House Sculpture; Photo: Andy McGregor

Auchterarder school artwork project

An example of a project using artwork in the learning environment to create a more inspiring and motivating space in which to study.

Feast by Lucy Casson at Aberdeen Childrens Hospital

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (RACH)

£303,176 of National Lottery funds helped towards the cost of installing 10 site related artworks at the new Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

Hidden Gardens

Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens, at the Tramway, Glasgow, is a unique garden for the 21st Century and is Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace. 

Primary Space in Dalry, North Ayrshire

Primary Space

In a unique and innovative project artists are integral to the design of a new school in Dalry, North Ayrshire. 

Small grants

Autumn Festival; Photo: West Lothian Camera Club

West Lothian Youth Theatre

Funding towards to cost of lighting and sound equipment has enabled participants of the community to have an enhanced experience of drama.

Scottish Music Centre at City Halls, Glasgow; Photo: Scottish Music Centre 

Scottish Music Centre at City Halls, Glasgow 

With the help of £80,706, from the National Lottery Fund, the Scottish Music Centre has relocated to a stunning new shopfront premises at City Halls, Glasgow.

Shetland Arts Trust's new grand piano, photo: Stuart Hubbard

Shetland Arts Trust

The community of Shetland has benefited from National Lottery funding to buy a new grand piano.

Buckhaven and Methill Brass Band; Photo: Douglas Robertson

Buckhaven and Methill Brass Band 

Thanks to £24,000 of funding from the Scottish Arts Council, for new instruments, the band can provide free tuition to children and young people.

Wee Stories

Wee Stories

Through help from National Lottery funds Wee Stories are able to create family experiences that everyone can enjoy.


NSAPA playing

North Star Academy of Performing Arts (NSAPA)

NSAPA were awarded £32,424 of National Lottery funds towards the cost of purchasing new instruments a portable stage, sound and lighting equipment.

*Woodend Barn Arts Centre
*Sense Scotland
*Dalry primary school
*Boat of Garten
*Doors Open Days 2007
*Pier Arts Centre
*St Andrews in the Square
*Howden Park Centre
*Travelling Gallery
*Out of the Blue
*Buccleuch Halls
*Eastwood Park Theatre
*Castle Rock
*Cove Park
*Scottish Storytelling Centre
*Harbour Arts Centre 2006
*Boilerhouse @ Hidden Gardens
*Architecture Week 2006
*An Lanntair
*City Halls Glasgow
*HMT Aberdeen
*Screen Machine 2
*The Hub
*Harbour Arts Centre
*Adam Smith College
*Hamilton Town House
*Eastgate Theatre
*CatStrand Artworks, Glenkens
*Reputations Castlemilk
*Hideo Furuta
*Perth Concert Hall
*Fragrant @ Hidden Gardens
*Striding Arches
*Auchterarder School
*Aberdeen Children's Hospital
*Hidden Gardens
*Primary Space
*West Lothian Youth Theatre
*Scottish Music Centre
*Shetland Arts Trust
*Buckhaven Methill Brass Band
*Wee Stories
*North Star Academy
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