Major funding boost for region’s artists

MAJOR funding award will help support and grow Dumfries and Galloway’s artists and creative practitioners.

DG Unlimited, the independent charity that champions and promotes the region’s arts, has been awarded £50,000 from Creative Scotland, the national body for the arts. “Creatives
Unlimited” is a new one-year project that aims to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the region’s creative leaders and practitioners.

Dumfries and Galloway has a long-acknowledged vibrant and talented creative community and Creatives Unlimited has been designed to ensure it supports and connects individuals
and organisations working across all art-forms.

The project will begin in August with the launch of a fund – Innovate Create Cultivate – to support creative practitioners professional development, and over the coming months a
region-wide programme of support, training, mentoring and guidance offering a wide range of networking events will be implemented. The programme will help Dumfries and
Galloway’s artistic community to grow, learn new skills, consolidate strengths and explore ambitious and innovative ways of working.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of DG Unlimited said “I am thrilled that Creative Scotland appreciates the important contribution that Dumfries and Galloway’s artists, creative practitioners and
organisations already make to their communities and the region’s economy, but importantly, has also recognised the future potential waiting to be realised.”

And she added “In making this award, Creative Scotland has shown incredible support for our vision to grow Dumfries and Galloway’s creative community. This vision is not just to
benefit the region’s artists, but will also widen the impact and reach of the arts and creativity for everyone to enjoy and benefit from”.