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By Fiona Reid
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Arts projects share fund cash

GRANTS totalling £50,000 have been made from the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund 2024/25.

And 13 groups across the region are benefitting this year, with cash for their projects.
They are:

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival: £7500 for Performing Arts Live 2024–2025.

Wigtown Festival Company: £7250 for Change the Stories, a climate change project.

Cairn Chorus: £6750 for Galloway Sang Streams – a multimedia initiative of songs to link life, land and legacy.

Dumfries Music Conference CIC: £6000 for DMC on Tour!

The Stove Network: £5500 for the Hear|Here events and exhibitions highlighting the past contributions and future potential of the Showpeople community for Dumfries.

Oceanallover: £3000 for Kroovan Wings, a homage to trees.

Bunbury Banter CIC: £3000 for the Whisper In The Woods outdoor production that weaves together immersive storytelling, evocative design, and cutting-edge audio technology.

Building Futures Galloway Ltd: £2000 for The Story Boat’s work with children on maritime heritage through storytelling, object handling and performance.

Absolute Classics SCIO: £2000 for Absolute My Music to support young people of all skill levels to locally access music making activities.

Shambellie House Trust: £2000 for Artists of Shambellie House – Affordable Art Workshops.

Cample Line: £2000 for creative participatory workshops led by three visiting artists, including macramé, textile printing, natural dye-making and using local clay and botanical materials.

Kirkcudbright Fringe Festival: £1537 for Kirkcudbright Fringe Festival’s residency featuring Dylan Lombard, photographer and disability rights advocate.

The Bakehouse Community Arts £1463 for BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival in June and July.

Commenting on the awards, Councillor Ian Blake said: “It’s exciting to see such a range of projects being supported across the region, and good to see so many opportunities for young people to get involved in creative activity.”

Frank Hayes, chair of DG Unlimited, the independent charity that worked with the council to give out the funds, said: “This year’s awards are for projects which cover the length and breadth of the region, showcasing all types of artistic endeavour including dance, theatre, performance, music, literature, visual art and crafts. It is particularly heartening to see so many projects embracing diversity, equality, and sustainability in their activities.”

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