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Creative Community Partnerships Fund: Award Recipients

26 Nov 2021

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Creative Community Partnerships Fund was established with the aim of creating opportunities for greater collaboration between local communities and independent artists. The deadline for submissions to the Fund was Friday 17 September 2021. A total of 7 applications were received requesting support from the Creative Community Partnerships Fund. The projects submitted represented a variety of activities, including drumming, collage, seed library and music creation taking place across Edinburgh including the areas of Leith, Craigmillar, Dumbiedykes and Dalry. 

The assessment panel comprised of Sarah Anderson (University of Edinburgh) and Fay Butler (The City of Edinburgh Council) met online on 8 October 2021 to discuss submitted proposals. They considered the quality of the submitted proposals as well as the impact of outlined activities on the applicants and the communities they engage or plan to engage. The panel also discussed the potential benefit of submitted proposals to the cultural offering in Edinburgh across art forms and reviewed applications within scope of the current COVID-19 situation. 

Grant Award Recipients  

Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland Ltd in partnership with Yana Aleksandrova presenting Thistles and Sunflowers - nectar for insects, seeds for birds and symbols for nations - a spotlight on artists and stories from Scotland and Bulgaria. [Grant Award: £7,500] 

Craigmillar Now in partnership with Jonathan Baxter presenting The Mobile Seed Library - an artistic and ecological project led by artist Jonathan Baxter that makes connections across the city and supports communities through celebrating and exploring the dynamic relationship between people and seeds [Grant Award: £10,000]. 

Dance Ihayami in partnership with Priya Shrikumar presenting A Happy Namaste - working with older people, some with dementia, to explore key moments in their migration to the UK using music, storytelling and movement [Grant Award: £8,892.5]. 

Media Education CIC in partnership with Grzegorz Robert Wypiorczyk presenting Drum for Change – a cross artform project utilising African drumming and filmmaking in sharing stories of young people living in the Gorgie / Dalry area [Grant Award: £8,557.5]. 

Spit it Out in partnership with Lea Luiz de Oliveira presenting Aye Change - an exhibition dedicated to open conversation around transformative justice. Through a series of audio testimonies paired with original visual creations, the audience is invited to participate in a journey of trauma, recovery and forgiveness [Grant Award: £9,701]. 

The Braidwood Centre in partnership with Alec Cooper presenting Hearing Within – a musical journey through sound and silence near the historical ‘Braidwood Academy for deaf’ in Dumbiedykes, led by The Cosmic Shruti Box [Grant Award: £10,000]. 

The Ripple Project in partnership with Sasha Saben Callaghan presenting Art is Everywhere: Celebrating Place, People And Community [Grant Award: £5,000].