Open Project Funding awards announced
4 July 2016
On Friday 1 July 2016, Creative Scotland announced over £880k
Open Project Funding awarded in May to 38 projects across the arts,
screen and creative industries all over Scotland. They include: the
Saltire Literary Awards; Cove
Park's translation programme; three illustrated books by
Edinburgh-based publisher Birlinn; a debut poetry
collection by Edinburgh-based writer Sophie
Collins; and issues 55 to 57 of The
Drouth, an independent Scottish arts, culture and politics
quarterly. For the full list of recent awards, see the Creative Scotland website.
- SALTIRE SOCIETY. Funding (£50,000) to support
the Saltire Literary Awards in 2016 and 2017. The awards encompasss
the breadth of the literary ecology to the benefit of authors, the
reading public, academics and publishers. The ceremonies will
be a major gathering of Scotland's literary family including the
reading public and aspiring writers.
- COVE PARK. Funding (£34,500) to support a two
year period of development at Scotland's International Artist
Residency Centre, Cove Park to expand their translation programme
and create a translation hub.
- BIRLINN. Funding (£14,500) to enable
Edinburgh-based publishers Birlinn to publish three illustrated
books. Un-discovered Islands is Glasgow-based writer and
singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack's second book following on from
his very successful debut, Sixty Degrees North. It will
feature original illustrations by London-based artist Katie Scott.
Birlinn will also publish new illustrated editions in English and
Scots of Scotland's first children's book, The Buke of the
Howlat. The book is the result of a collaboration between
Scots novelist James Robertson and Edinburgh-based artist and
illustrator Kate Leiper.
- SOPHIE COLLINS. Funding (£4,500) to support
Edinburgh-based writer Sophie Collins to write a debut poetry
collection, provisionally titled Mary Sue. Mary
Sue takes its title from a term in popular culture that is
used to describe fictional characters who are believed to be thinly
disguised versions of the author's idealised self. In presenting a
set of female-led narratives, the poems in the collection will both
embody and subvert this stereotype. The collection will be the
first by a British poet on Penguin's new list, preceded by
American poet Claudia Rankine's Citizen (2015), winner of
the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2015.
- THE DROUTH. Funding (£14,700) to support
Issues 55-57 of The Drouth, an independent Scottish arts, culture
and politics quarterly. Funding will enable the organisation
to commission new works, collaborate with other cultural
organisations and curate major public events. The Drouth aims to
stimulate debate on literature, art and politics and through its
unique platform, allowing its readers and participants to access
critical and artistic works that are diverse, complex and
For more information about Open Project Funding and to apply,
see the Creative Scotland website.