Youth-led digital arts and cultural projects funded

Ten Scottish youth arts agencies will receive a share of £49,850 funding to support the development of a series of youth-led digital arts and cultural projects.

From the acclaimed youth fiddle ensemble, the Fochabers Fiddlers experimenting with digital artists in Moray, to digital-led workshops in North Ayrshire and Dundee, and the creation of digital graphic novels in Argyll & Bute, the funding provides access and participation opportunities for young people up to aged 25.

The funding has been awarded through phase one of TTS.Digital , part of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and culture.

The purpose of TTS.Digital is to inspire digital creativity and experimentation in young people through a series of youth-led projects working with arts organisations in collaboration with technology partners.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, said: “We must support and encourage our young people and our children to develop a love, a curiosity and a value for culture, regardless of their class, background or where they live.

“Our work with young people under the umbrella of Scotland’s youth arts strategy, Time To Shine, is designed to ensure that no-one’s background is a barrier to taking part in cultural life.

“It’s important that we and the sector develop new partnerships and seek new and creative ways to engage and reach out.

“These innovative new projects, led by young people and delivered by a partnership of arts organisations in collaboration with technology partners will help enable more children and young people to take part in culture and creativity across our communities in Scotland.”

Colin Bradie, Youth Arts Programme Manager at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be delivering TTS.Digital through the implementation of the National Youth Arts Strategy.

Young people are in many instances leading the way with digital creativity and these pioneering first phase projects will enable young people to co-create with arts and technology partners to explore new and exciting ways of engaging.”

Delphine Dallison, Studio Co-ordinator at MAKLab, said: “We’re really excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Craft Town Scotland and explore the possibilities that open up when you combine traditional craft with digital technologies.

“Our two organisations have been hoping for the opportunity to work together for some time now and the funding from Creative Scotland has finally allowed us to do so.

“We hope this project can be a first spark in encouraging more young people to experiment with craft and engage with Craft Town Scotland thanks to this new approach using digital technologies.”

Dave Close, Director at Hot Chocolate Trust, said: “TTS.Digital has lit a fire amongst our team and young people – connecting us with local digital artists and together getting increasingly excited about learning and sharing skills, and turning the stuff of everyday life in and around Hot Chocolate into something beautiful to share publically. It’s really got the ideas flowing.”

Jacqueline Bennett at Wildbird, said: “Wildbird are excited about leading a digital arts project in the musical heart of Moray.

“Starting this weekend the hub of our community, Milne’s Primary School in Fochabers, will see acclaimed youth ensemble, the Fochabers Fiddlers, and experimental musician Martin Low, experiment freely to combine the deep traditions of their music with the new innovations of digital technology.”

A full list of awardees can be found here.