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Funding for arts projects

The Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund aims to help deliver and increase the impact of regional arts projects.

The investment priorities were developed by DG Unlimited (previously The Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts) on behalf of the arts sector in the region.

Decisions on the second round of funding for 2017/18 were made in April and May. Seven projects shared just under £27,500. Competition was strong with applications for over £33,500 being made to the fund.

The focus for this round of funding was supporting projects that will:

  • promote and increase equality of access and benefit from the arts in particular the most vulnerable in our communities
  • help young people fulfil their potential through the arts
  • contribute to the economic wellbeing of the region

The awards will seed-fund projects that together are set to draw down additional investment from other sources, including income earned from ticket sales and match-funding grants from other funding bodies.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of our Communities Committee said:

I am delighted to see a range of arts projects supported across Dumfries and Galloway and it is good to see that some of these grants will be targeted towards activities supporting young people and disadvantaged adults..

Participation in the arts is linked to good health, increased confidence and positive self-esteem for individuals, and helps strengthen our communities. The arts also contribute to our economy by creating learning opportunities for our young people and attracting visitors to our region.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of DG Unlimited, the independent charity which champions the region's arts, said:

DG Unlimited is delighted to be involved in this Regional Arts Fund which, once again, has confirmed the great raft of creative talent and ambition across Dumfries and Galloway.

The projects that have received funding in this round embrace a wide range of art forms and have the potential to make a very real difference by providing new arts opportunities to be experienced and enjoyed.

Funded projects

Allocations have been made on the recommendation of DG Unlimited:

Cample Line Trust - £2,171
Funding will support three screening weekends showing international films and artist moving image for a young audience. It also includes opportunities for participatory activity for local school children and young people to explore the creative potential of filmmaking processes and forms.

Bunbury Banter Theatre Company CIC - £4,988
Funding will support a recurring evening of theatre, poetry and conversation inspired by Oran Mor's famous 'A Play, A Pie and A Pint'. A professional and high quality evening of new multiple art form work showcased for the first time, at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries.

Wigtown Festival Company - £4,930
Funding will support a partnership with the charity Open Book to establish a shared reading programme engaging disadvantaged adults in literature including facilitating and supporting attendance at events run by Wigtown Festival Company. It will also separately support a programme of literary events for inmates at HMP Dumfries.

Crawick Multiverse Trust - £2,261
Funding will support a five day development project led by artist Jan Hogarth and musician Wendy Stewart to explore the soundscape of Crawick Multiverse. The development sessions will lead to a two day workshop for participants to experiment in creating their own soundscape of the Multiverse.

Fox and Hound Theatre Company - £5,000
Funding will support a nine date tour and 21-date Fringe run by an emerging theatre company based near Castle Douglas. Three of the tour venues are in Dumfries and Galloway.

Wide Open South Scotland Ltd - £3,000
Ecological artists/filmmakers from the region will be invited to work in collaboration with Wide Open, historians, a geographer and Borders Forest Trust ecologists to create an Outdoor Seminar Quest and community event in Moffat linked to a Merlin Conference and Outdoor Seminar Quest at Peebles.

Sanctuary Lab CIC  - £5,000
Funding will support an off-grid, off-network public art laboratory that unfolds over 24 hours in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park. It takes place in a site of extraordinary beauty and explores ideas of place, technology and presence in the largest forest in Britain.

Further funding opportunities

This page will be updated when further applications for funding are being invited. We will also publicise the fund in the local press and on social media.

Page last updated: 20/06/17