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Findhorn Bay Arts announces opportunities for aspiring young artists

17 May 2013

FINDHORN Bay Arts’ brand new participatory programme that gives aspiring young artists (aged 16-22) in Moray the chance to collaborate with creative professionals is now open for applications.

Running throughout the summer and culminating on CULTURE DAY (21 September 2013), CULTURE DAY PRODUCTIONS aims to enable young people to realise their creative ambitions and confidently take their first steps towards a successful career within Moray’s creative industries.

Culture Day Productions has been made possible with support from the National Lottery Fund through Creative Scotland, Moray Leader and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications, Creative Scotland said: “Culture Day Productions will provide fantastic opportunities for young people from Moray to gain a wide range of experience in the creative industries, working with professionals exploring and being inspired by their local area. As well as the enjoyment and fulfillment of contributing to the finished art works, the programme will help the young participants develop skills which will prove invaluable to their future careers.”

HIE Area Manager for Moray, David Oxley said: "Despite being a new organisation in the area, Findhorn Bay Arts is making an important impact promoting and encouraging the creative arts in the local community. As well as having one of their projects named as a key event for Homecoming 2014, this support to encourage young people to develop their skills alongside professional artists is hugely beneficial. HIE is delighted to be working with this social enterprise as they grow."

Through weekly sessions in Forres, participants will work together to plan a number of ambitious, large-scale public art installations that will feature as part of Culture Day 2013.

Under the guidance of local artists and creative professionals (including award-winning artist and Moray School of Art graduate Caroline Inckle, visual arts curator and education facilitator Gill Bird, award-winning artist and film-maker Graeme Roger, animator and film producer Tim Flood, and digital recording pioneers Dave Martin and Steve Gasgarth of ElectroLabs) the participants will explore Moray’s cultural infrastructure, attending local
events to answer the question “what is culture?” and develop new work in a ‘pop-up’ Production Studio.

Practical sessions in budgeting, project management and administration, as well as the opportunity to hear from a range of creative individuals working within Moray’s cultural sector will also equip the participants with tools and knowledge for the future. Culture Day Productions Coordinator Scott Byrne said: “There has rarely been a more vital and important time for people in Moray to consider the nature of culture. The question provides an important focus to the work of the Culture Day Productions. Creativity is all around us, and Culture Day Productions offers an opportunity to bring this to the surface through the development of new and memorable visual art of high quality, produced as a collaboration between established and emerging local artists.”

For further information or if you are interested in participating in Culture Day Productions, please contact Scott Byrne on projects@findhornbayarts.com or visit their website www.findhornbayarts.com. An introductory meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday 3 June 2013 at the Nicholas Building, St. Catherine’s Road, Forres, for all interested parties.


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