Cre­ative Scot­land grant se­cures fu­ture of group

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Kenny Mac­Don­ald

Dum­fries arts group The Stove is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter clinch­ing £100,000 in fund­ing.

A spokesman in­sisted this would se­cure their fu­ture for three years af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Cre­ative Scot­land grant.

He said: “We are thrilled they are con­tin­u­ing to back us and this gives us se­cu­rity for the next three years.

“This award is a recog­ni­tion of all the amaz­ing, hard work put in by every­one con­nected with The Stove and the brav­ery and com­mit­ment of our part­ners like Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil, com­mu­nity groups and agen­cies who have seen the wider value of the cre­ative sec­tor in shap­ing the fu­ture of our re­gion.

“Cre­ative Scot­land have played a vi­tal role in sup­port­ing The Stove to in­no­vate and de­velop a way of work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties that is sig­nif­i­cant at a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

“We are thrilled by the up­lift in fund­ing awarded to The Stove.”

How­ever, the grant fell short of the amount the group was hop­ing to se­cure.

He added: “This up­lift in fund­ing does also have to be seen in the con­text of us start­ing from a very low base and, while it is good news, it is maybe not quite good enough news given the de­prived sta­tus of the area we are work­ing in.

“The south-west of Scot­land has been play­ing catch-up for many years in de­vel­op­ment terms.

“And the cre­ative arts are now play­ing a very real and tan­gi­ble role in eco­nomic, so­cial and well­be­ing terms.

“The Stove have been a key player in this phe­nom­e­non – we are am­bi­tious and in­no­va­tive and are now core part­ners in hous­ing schemes, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and town cen­tre re-gen­er­a­tion.

“But the level of the fund­ing award from Cre­ative Scot­land is be­low what we asked for and means we will have to scale back on some of the work we planned lo­cally.

“There are only three reg­u­larly funded or­gan­i­sa­tions south of the cen­tral belt mean­ing that this vast re­gion of the coun­try is re­ceiv­ing less than 1% of the na­tional core arts bud­get.

“We were only granted 55% of the sup­port for the three year plan we pro­posed which was dis­ap­point­ing.

“The en­tire area south of cen­tral belt re­ceives £906,000 out of a na­tional to­tal of £99M – this rep­re­sents less than one per cent.”

Con­tri­bu­tion recog­nised The Stove won a SURF award in 2017

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