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Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards - shortlist 2004


Some of Scotland’s brightest artistic talents have been shortlisted for a £30,000 Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award announced today (Thursday).
The Awards, due to take place in March 2004, are given to projects which explore creativity, develop new work or engage in imaginative collaborations.

Previous Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award recipients include artistic luminaries such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bernard MacLaverty, Sally Beamish, Janice Galloway and Steven Campbell.

Included in the shortlisted projects are: new work by painter Alison Watt, which will feature a room-sized black metal cube with an intricately-decorated interior; writer/director Jon Pope plans a dramatic portrait of naturalist, explorer and author Gavin Maxwell; singer Jean Redpath plans a book of Scottish traditional songs accompanied by texts, tunes, notes and personal anecdote; artist and toymaker David Swift will collaborate with animator Jonathan Charles on a film, Nocturne In Sea Shark, where carved and painted surreal toys are brought to life through the magic of digital animation; jazz pianist Chick Lyall is seeking a creative two-piano collaboration, with improvisation, alongside the classical pianist Steven Osbourne.

Des Dillon, author of 2003’s Scottish zeitgeist novel Me an Ma Gal, wants to retrace Edwin Muir’s 1934 Scottish Journey, recording in prose, image and video impressions of the Scotland that presents itself, beginning in Edinburgh and concluding in Muir’s Eden, the Orkneys.

Also shortlisted are: visual artist Doug Cocker, who plans four public artworks to be sited and rotated amongst four European ports; writer Ed McCardie wishes to write a film script on twenty years of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid’s life; musician John Rae plans to introduce the world to Scotland by combining an all-star Celtic big band performance, with video, whisky and food tastings; composer John McLeod will conclude his symphonic song-cycles with a work inspired by Russian icons with a cyclorama backdrop.

Visual artist Graham Fagen would use his award to develop new work influenced by the cross-cultural histories of Scotland and the Caribbean, influenced by the boat to Jamaica that Robert Burns never caught and exploring ideas of Empire, colonialism, slavery and power. Singer Mary Ann Kennedy aims to develop a major musical celebration of the work of poet Sorley Maclean; playwright David Greig plans to get back-to-basics with six, short, stage dialogues set in real-time, holding the audience on the moment of performance.

Poet Gerry Loose will write a body of work based on Pictish symbol stones and their grammar ‘wedded to the text of landscape’, with visual imagery supplied by an artist newly-arrived in Scotland; sound artist Zoe Irvine’s ‘Dial-a-Diva’ project is a series of operatic audio works for installation, interaction and publication exploring the telephone past, present and future. Musician and composer Tom Bancroft would use his award to return to working first as a composer for large ensemble and second as creator of studio-based music, Tom plans to record the results and present them on a schools tour for older teenagers.

Graham Berry, Director of the Scottish Arts Council said: ‘The shortlisted artists represent only a small cross-section of the imagination and skill which exists in Scotland’s artists today. These awards continue to encourage artists to extend their talent, collaborate and share their work with the public.

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