Second shortlisting for a Creative Place

The Rosneath Peninsula has been shortlisted in national creativity awards – for the second year in succession.

Last year the Cove and Kilcreggan area reached the last five in the Creative Place awards, run by Creative Scotland.

And today it was announced that a wider bid, including the whole peninsula, has reached the finals of the 2014 competition –with a prize of £100,000 on offer.

The bid was put together by Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust, whose convener Murdo MacDonald said: “We are all delighted to have been shortlisted for the award for a second year.

“This time we have been joined by  Rosneath and Clynder Community Council and Garelochhead Community Council to put us into the middle population category of between 2,500 and 10,000 residents.

“The trust’s arts group has already started to put together our final submission to Creative Scotland, which will announce the results on January 29.”

Potential new events which could be launched locally if the bid is successful include  a chamber music weekend whose programme will be reflective of the environment, a film festival, a book festival, a pop-up gallery and a Parkour event.

The award would also be used to help attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.

The other two finalists in this category are Peebles and the Isle of Arran.

An award would enable communities within the area to enrich and expand some existing activities with a number of new events.  These include a chamber music weekend whose programme will be reflective of the environment; a film festival; a book festival; a pop up gallery and a Parkour event. The award would also be used to help attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.

The nominees were selected by a panel made up of individuals with expertise across the arts, media, tourism and community development including from Creative Scotland, EventScotland, Visit Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

Speaking as one of the panel, Rhona Corscadden, senior events manager for, EventScotland, said: “The calibre of the applications for this year’s awards is extremely high, and they highlight the strength of the creative industries across Scotland.

“These awards showcase the breadth of creative talent we have in our communities and each of the applicants should be congratulated for their achievements to date.”