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National Lottery supports Glasgow creative projects via Open Fund Awards

Photo credit_ Stefan Krajcik Photography _ Image_ GOHAF 2017_ child interacting with performers at Babawaltz, GOH Opening Ceremony

A series of innovative creative projects from Glasgow artists and creative organisations are in motion thanks to funding awarded through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund.   

From Glasgow Open House Arts Festival to Radiophrenia, a temporary art radio station broadcasting from the Centre for Contemporary Arts, over £377,500 has been awarded to seventeen artists, organisations and creative groups in Glasgow as they seek to build sustainability after emerging from COVID-19 restrictions. These projects are among 45 projects across the country sharing in over £1million of National Lottery funding.  

Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station exploring current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting from the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Radiophrenia aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging experimental approaches to the medium not catered for by mainstream stations. 

Project manager Mark Vernon says: “With a massive boost in listenership last year the effectiveness of radio to reach out, engage and bring together a disparate set of listeners has been proven and we hope to build upon this.” 

Throughout September, the Glasgow Open House Arts Festival will fill windows, car parks, gardens, parks, balconies and other unexpected outdoor locations with new and surprising artworks.   

Amalie Silvani-Jones, Creative Director and Co-Founder says: “Since the festival’s founding in 2013 it has always been our ambition to move away from a voluntary model and further our support for the city’s much loved and important grassroots arts scene.  

“With this funding we will introduce the small Artists Supporting Artists bursary pot, in tandem with professional filming and more professional development, which we hope will mean that artists from all backgrounds will be able to take away tangible benefits to help develop their practice after the festival.” 

Violinist and composer Catriona Price will record and release her debut solo album, Hert – a recording of her Celtic Connections New Voices commission from 2020. 

On receiving funding Price commented: “After the difficult 18 months we’ve all had it means that I can provide work for my team of musicians, recording engineers, artists and organisational partners. On a personal note, I am grateful for the focus, momentum and opportunity to grow that this project is providing me with as we emerge into a post-pandemic world.” 

Iain Munro, CEOCreative Scotland said: “Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, alongside equally welcome funding from the Scottish Government, these Open Fund awards continue to build resilience within Scotland’s artistic community as well as provide creative engagement opportunities to enrich the lives of people across Scotland”.  

A full list of recipients of Open Fund awards is available on the Creative Scotland website.  

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