Peninsula misses out in Creative Place finals

The Rosneath Peninsula’s bid to be named Scotland’s most creative place has fallen at the final hurdle, with the £100,000 prize going to Peebles instead.

The winners of the 2014 Creative Place awards were revealed at a ceremony in Kilmarnock tonight (Wednesday).

The peninsula’s bid made the last three in the 2,500 to 10,000 population category, together with the winners Peebles and the isle of Arran.

This is the second year in succession that a bid coordinated by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust has been shortlisted in the event run by Creative Scotland.

In the 2013 awards it was shortlisted in the smaller population section, but this year the bid was extended to include Garelochhead, Rosneath and Clynder, as well as Kilcreggan and Cove.

Their aim was to expand and enrich existing events with a programme of new activities, including a chamber music weekend, a film festival, a book festival, a pop-up gallery and a Parkour event, as well as helping to attract an enhanced programme of visiting artists.

Falkirk and Helmsdale won the other 2014 prizes.

Representatives from the three communities received the awards at tonight’s ceremony hosted by broadcaster Dougie Vipond.

Twenty applications from a range of organisations, across twelve local authority areas were received for the awards.

Nominees were selected for the wide involvement of the whole community as well as the track record of their existing creative programmes.

Janet Archer, chief executive, Creative Scotland said: “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Creative Place Awards. 

“We received a high calibre of applications for this year’s awards and the judges had an extremely difficult decision selecting the winners.

“Every single submission has evidenced how imaginatively communities across Scotland are using creativity to transform lives and inspire new futures.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, commented: “The Creative Place Awards celebrate all that is best about Scotland and our communities. These shortlisted nominations demonstrate the vibrant culture and heritage of our communities and vividly illustrate how culture and creativity can enrich, empower and shape our communities.”

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