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Inspire Fund - Inspire decisions

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Eleven projects awarded Inspire funding

Characterised by fresh, inventive and unique presentations, performances or partnerships, these 11 Inspire projects will offer pioneering opportunities to experience the arts.
Using a mixture of traditional artforms and new technologies, Inspire projects focus on highly original and collaborative programmes which create or commission high quality arts and work with participants to spark their creativity and enthusiasm for the arts. Artists in a range of disciplines will also be supported to create new work.

Full press release about Inspire fund

Eleven Inspire projects

The Inspire projects are:



Ankur Arts


Inspired by graphic novels and computer gaming, the project will combine free-running and parkour, alongside drama, film and animation, urban music and chase sequences to develop a performance and installation.
Inspire award: £158,828
Total project cost: £211,828.

Arts Extreme
A partnership between Aberdeen City Council and Transition Extreme Ltd to introduce a team of Creative Catalysts to young people and communities throughout Aberdeen. 
Inspire award: £225,000
Total project cost: £300,000.

Drake Music Scotland


Using Figurenotes©, the revolutionary music notation system developed in Finland, this national project aims to transform access to music education and performance for people of all ages and abilities, including those with learning disabilities.
Inspire award: £62,757
Total project cost: £125,762. 

Duncan of Jordanstone
College of Art


Nine Trades of Dundee is a project engaging those who would not normally participate in the arts by bringing trade and art together. Nine Trades of Dundee will commission nine artists to work with trades people in their work places across the city to collaborate on new work.
Inspire award: £112,500
Total project cost: £197,726

Eden Court


A large-scale project to galvanise communities in the Highlands to experience for themselves dancing in its myriad forms and styles, culminating in a season of dance, staged on water within the spectacular landscapes of the area.
Inspire award: £475,000
Total project cost: £631,750.

The Fruitmarket Gallery


A Gaelic language project, bringing together schoolchildren in Skye and Edinburgh to share their experiences of their language, culture and environment using the medium of drawing and other artforms.
Inspire award: £96,000
Total project cost: £194,395. 



Building on Scotland’s global reputation for excellence in the performing arts for children, the Starcatchers project will introduce very young children, aged under four.
Inspire award: £442,541
Total project cost: £590,336. 

ISO Organisation


An ambitious online digital project blending social networking with debate and discussion about creativity, artists and their work. Central Station (working title) fuses visual art with design and experimental film-making.
Inspire award: £200,000
Total project cost: £800,000.



Young people aged between 12 and 17 years old will work with national and international artists in film, music and other artforms to plan and programme their own festival.
Inspire award: £712,500
Total project cost: £1.1 million. 

Puppet Animation Festival(nationwide)


In partnership with the Puppet Lab, Big Man Walking is a 25ft puppet which will stride through Scotland to unlock our stories of mythology and provoke celebrations in the communities he visits.
Inspire award: £450,000
Total project cost: £612,243

Shetland Arts Development Agency

Mirrie Dancers* will fuse the 21st century art of light work with the traditional craft of Shetland lace knitting through experimental lace and light laboratories.
*Mirrie Dancers is Shetland dialect for the Aurora Borealis.
Inspire award: £165,000
Total project cost: £338,433.

Launched in 2008, the Scottish Arts Council’s Inspire Fund encourages long-lasting links between people, places and creative ideas to provide more, wider, better participation in the arts.

Related internet links
* Aberdeen City Council
* Ankur Arts
* Drake Music Scotland
* Duncan of Jordanstone
* Eden Court
* The Fruitmarket Gallery
* Imaginate
* ISO Organisation
* Macrobert
* Puppet Animation Festival
* Shetland Arts Development Agency
* Transition Extreme Ltd
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