The Trust is delighted to announce an artist grant scheme for #EdwinMorgan100. The Second Life (the title taken from Morgan’s breakthrough 1968 collection), supported by Creative Scotland and the Saltire Society. This will provide funding for creative practitioners from a variety of art forms to respond to Morgan’s work, giving it a ‘second life’.

The Second Life grant scheme furthers the centenary’s crucial support of creative practitioners. The scheme provides 8 x £1,500 and 8 x £750 grants, funded by Creative Scotland, and 1 x £2,500 grant funded by the Saltire Society’s ‘Inspiring Scotland’ scheme, to Scottish community groups, writing collectives, artists, curators, writers, actors, playwrights, musicians and collaborators who propose to give Morgan’s work a ‘second life’. This will create opportunities to generate new responses, which will then be showcased during the centenary year, both physically and digitally. 

At the heart of this programme is a desire to reach people from a range of creative backgrounds and diverse working lives who may not otherwise be aware of Edwin Morgan’s work or see its relevance to themselves/ their communities. To encourage this engagement, the Trust has created a cultural advisory panel, who will draw from their own communities, lived experiences and geographical locations to nominate 8 recipients to receive a £1,500 grant each. This panel includes Hannah Lavery (Scottish Poetry Library, poet and playwright), Iain Morrison (Fruitmarket Gallery, poet), Robert Softley Gale and Mairi Taylor (Birds of Paradise Theatre), Eoin Dara (DCA), and Seona McClintock (Producer, Gaelic and Traditional Arts Eden Court). An additional 8 x £750 grants will be given out in response to an open call, reviewed by the cultural advisory panel and administered by the Trust.  

About the funders:

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

The Saltire Society is one of Scotland’s leading supporters of culture. For over 80 years we have been committed to every part of Scottish life, from social housing and the best works of literature to public art and emerging creatives. Today, the Saltire Society upholds its founding principles of inspiring culture, provoking responsible debate and serving all our people for contemporary Scotland. our Inspiring Scotland programme aims to champion emerging talent in Scotland. We hope that by assisting Scotland’s emerging creatives to achieve their goals they are encouraged to explore, take risks and innovate. 

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