Creative Place Project ARTS Funds Success
Local artists, community groups and businesses are celebrating success as Creative Place ProjectARTS funding is announced with £4,923 awarded to local creative collaborations.
The ProjectARTS fund totals £20k and is managed and delivered by Findhorn Bay Arts as part of the Creative Place award programme. Awarded to the Forres Area in June 2015 through Creative Scotland, the Forres area programme is unique in making available an open fund for local artists to apply to. Aiming to support closer working practice and lasting partnerships between artists, business, and community groups, ProjectARTS will bring about new work and creative collaborations that respond to and connect with the Forres area.
After the first round of applications was received at the end of January, an independent advisory panel with expertise in public and community arts projects, tourism, and community development, announced four successful applications to receive funds and develop new creative projects in the area.
Professional designer and maker Jen Cantwell of Sporran Nation will be creating the ‘Forres Toorie’. Jen plans to develop a fairisle hat knitting pattern using sound that has been recorded in and around Forres. Sound recordings will be turned into a visual pattern using software and then into a fairisle knitting chart. Working together with local knitters and Varis Crafts, the hat will be brought to life and displayed at Varis Crafts in time for World Yarn Shop Day on April 30th. The patterns will also be made available for the public to knit their very own ‘Forres Toorie’.
Choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin will develop and deliver ‘I’ll be Bach’, a public workshop based on his new dance, Extremely Pedestrian Chorales, a choreographic response to JS Bach’s famous vocal harmonies. Presented as part of The Moray Walking Festival, the workshop pitches together contemporary dance and public participation in a humorous look at walking as dancing.
The Forres in Bloom Wee FIBees Garden will benefit from the installation of a large wooden xylophone handmade by independent artist Caroline Inckle from locally sourced wood. The xylophone will be a lasting piece enhancing the garden and drawing in visitors to enjoy nature and music in the same space.
Chris Lee and Graeme Roger of Wildbird will be bringing a ‘Forres Street Scene’ to the town centre. Working with Forres Business Association and High Street shopkeepers, up to thirty short films will be on exhibit in windows along the historic streets of Forres. The exhibition will bring vivid light and colour to the streets and reflect the communities of Forres back to themselves as part of Light Night events during the Findhorn Bay Festival in September of this year.
Commenting on the first round of applications, panel member Bob Kenny said “the quality and variety of projects submitted was fantastic. The panel had a tough time deciding between projects that demonstrated creativity, energy and commitment to the arts sector and the local community. Those that were successful will bring flare and intrigue to our creative area”