The Forres area Creative Place award programme supports the following key activities:
Culture Day Forres 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.
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
ProjectARTS, £20,000 – ProjectARTS 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.
ProjectARTS aims to support closer working practice between artists, business and community groups in the Forres area through developing creative projects or activities together and is now accepting applications and offers funding from £200 up to £2,000 for projects developed in the Forres area. Supported through Creative Place Award Winner 2015 funding, ProjectARTS will run from February 2016 until the end of May 2017.