Forres Area Creative Place Award Winner 2015
The community of Forres Area has been awarded £100,000 as a winner of this year’s Creative Place Awards.
The Awards were announced to a packed audience at an evening awards ceremony, which took place at Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk (Wednesday 10 June, 2015), in the presence of the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. The event was arranged by Creative Scotland in partnership with EventScotland and Falkirk Community Trust.
The Creative Place Awards is for smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. The awards recognise the communities’ ambitions in using the arts for the benefit of both local residents and visitors to their area.
Run by Creative Scotland and supported by Event Scotland the awards encourage cultural organisations, community groups and/ or local authorities to represent their village, town or other community, and bid for an award to further develop their creative programme and profile.
The Forres area Creative Place award programme supports the following key activities:
Culture Day 2015 & 2016, £5,000 – Culture Day has previously showcased over 100 organisations with events taking place in town centres and local community hubs. The Creative Place award support will help build on previous work, offering an enhanced programme of activity and enhanced marketing out with Moray to attract greater numbers of visiting audiences to the town.
Project ARTS, £20,000 – Project ARTS aims to support the creation of a wide range of public art and creative work which connects with local businesses, community organisations and local residents to engage new audiences and pave a local creative legacy. Funds will be allocated through an awards process over the course of the Creative Place programme.
Culture Café, £3,000 – Regular Culture Cafés will be hosted by local arts organisations, cultural venues and local food producers. Events will be held at different locations across Moray, focussing on network and development functions in Forres. The Creative Place award supports the costs towards 6 Culture Café events over the course of the programme.
Findhorn Bay Festival 2016, £30,000 – Building on the success of the inaugural Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in 2014, Findhorn Bay Arts will produce a high quality biennial arts festival for 2016 – The Findhorn Bay Festival 2016. The Creative Place award will support some of the costs associated with local artists participating and enhance the core marketing activities of advertising and distribution out with Moray to attract greater numbers of visiting audiences to the area.
Findhorn Bay Arts is also developing a number of local marketing initiatives with partners: contributing to and developing Forres Web to include arts and culture activities; signage at various venues for arts and cultural activities; Creative Place plaques at cultural venues; notice boards for arts and culture activity advertising.
The Creative Place programme also pays for a part-time freelance marketing and programme coordinator, administration, and office costs to develop the above activities.
Together the Forres area Creative Place programme activities aim to:
– Increase participation, and widen cultural opportunities for residents, tourists and visitors
– Extend the opportunities for current and new creative practitioners working and living within the Forres area
– Increase the number of social and economic benefits resulting from Cultural activity to the businesses and people of the Forres area
– Highlight the Forres area as a cultural destination for visitors and tourists