Creative Place Awards 2015 Jury Announced

Creative Scotland is today (Monday 4 May, 2015) delighted to announce the five Jury members of this year’s Creative Place Awards 2015.

Presenter Vic Galloway will join musician Julie Fowlis alongside fellow jury members Iain Campbell of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Jim Tough of the Saltire Society and Creative Scotland’s Janet Archer, to select this years’ Creative Place Awards winners.

Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been made to 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 alike.

Vic Galloway, said: "I am honoured to be part of the Jury for this year's Creative Place Awards, and look forward to discussing the applications in depth with my fellow panellists. These three substantial prizes to be awarded to smaller, creative communities can really help motivate, develop and nurture the arts in some of the more rural and remote corners of Scotland. We are a consistently creative nation and the nine nominations demonstrate how much is already happening around the country. There's a veritable passion and dedication to music, film, literature and visual arts here, and I find that incredibly inspiring. Best of luck to them all!"

Janet Archer, Chief Executive at Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to welcome Vic, Julie, Jim and Iain to the Creative Place Awards jury. We received a number of high calibre applications from across Scotland, and selecting the winners will be no easy feat. The quality and quantity of the applications received this year are a testimony to how much Scotland values its culture and how important creativity is to communities across Scotland.

“Our jury bring with them a great talent, experience and knowledge of the arts and Scotland, and I look forward to working alongside them to identify and select this year’s Creative Place Awards winners.”

Nine Scottish communities have been shortlisted across three categories:

The three communities shortlisted to win £50,000 are: Aberfeldy, Bathgate and Moniaive

The three communities shortlisted to win £100,000 are:
Forres, Isle of Arran and Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

The three communities shortlisted to win £125,000 are: Banchory, Fort William and Stornoway

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 10 June, 2015 at Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk. Falkirk has been selected as the host of this year’s awards after winning a Creative Place Award in 2014.

Applications were encouraged from cultural organisations, community groups and local authorities across Scotland, to represent their village, town or community to bid for an award.

The shortlist has been selected for proposing an imaginative and ambitious programme of arts and creative activities, which has been developed through consultation with a range of organisations in their communities. They have also indicated a good level of collaboration with potential partners to support and deliver the programme.

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Published on Tuesday, 12th May 2015

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