Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has backed an announcement from The Scottish Arts Council that £8 million is to be made available for 'inspired' arts projects throughout the nation.
The Inspired fund (which comes from lottery sources saved up by SAC) will be available across the spectrum from main stream arts groups to amateur dramatics. As well as groups outside the arts world and will give priority to arts which are directed to the community and have a lasting legacy.
Commenting on the announcement Mr Gibson said…
"This offers a fantastic opportunity to arts and community bodies Highlands and Islands to have an inspirational idea turned into a reality. One thing is for sure that there is abundant creativity in every corner of the region which is very much tied in with the community. Therefore I expect that those in the arts in the North will get their fair share of this money, if they get their thinking caps on."
"I also welcome the fact that this fund will allow those outside the arts to be able to pitch ideas. It offers a truly open route for those to get their ideas across and leave a legacy which will benefit their community."
"This idea of community involvement is not a new one in the Highlands and Islands. The Féisian Movement is a prime example of an inspirational community arts event which excels in participation and excellence and has created some of the most exciting music acts in recent years. That is why I am sure that the fund will be warmly welcomed in the North and West."
Note to editor:
Outline planning application deadline 5th May 2008
Link to Scottish Arts Council PR on the fund: http://www.scottisharts.org.uk/1/funding/inspirefund.aspx