We were delighted to learn last week that we'd been successful for the Creative Scotland Creative Place Awards, and we won £150,000 to deliver our project, Acts of Discovery.
Working with a number of partners, Acts Of Discovery is aimed at offering audiences a fresh look at the area and its cultural offering. Based on the themes of people, routes and pathways, Acts Of Discovery will build on and complement the area’s planned cultural programme for 2014.
Engaging the World
The first will focus on engaging the world and is a traditional music and storytelling project which will link local schools to their counterparts in Malawi and South Africa. As with many of the artists that we hope to work with in 2014, this project will involve Brian McNeill and David Scott, who both originate from the area. Their ‘homecoming’ role offers the opportunity both to celebrate their achievements and inspire a new generation of performers. The musicians will engage with pupils from all four schools to create a suite of songs culminating in a performance in Helix Park as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations on 24 June.
Engaging those passing through
The second, Next Station Stop will be curated by writer Alan Bissett and aims to engage with the thousands of commuters that pass through the Falkirk Council area. A selection of stories, reminiscence and sound pieces will highlight professional and community creative writing across the area. Through using a variety of media, Next Station Stop will aim to establish a connection between the local people and the transient community that passes through. This project will run during the Commonwealth Games when passenger use is at its highest.
Engaging local audiences
Our final project will have its heart in the Helix: Paths to Creativity will take place between September and December 2014 and will build on the success of Helix Day. It will encourage the use of the area’s extensive network of cycle-and footpaths to signpost local people to cultural destinations such as the Park Gallery, FTH, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Delta Studios and other artists’ studios, public art works, libraries. It will encourage walking, cycling and will heighten awareness of the Helix site and its connection with surrounding communities.
Keep an eye on the website, and of course our dedicated facebook page, to see our progress as we work to deliver this exciting project!
Friday, 7th February 2014