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Latest culture fund award is a boost for young people

The latest awards from the Culture, Events and Heritage Fund have been announced ... and half of them will involve young people.

 The projects include a Battle of the Bands and creative dance classes – both working with school children across Renfrewshire.

Latest culture fund award is a boost for young people

The projects to benefit from the award are:

CREATE Paisley (£4595) – support young people to create art pieces on their vision for Paisley 2021

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival (£1800) – deliver 12 ‘come and try’ workshops during next year’s festival

Brick Lane Studio album live launch (£6365) – Create an album on Paisley’s past, present and future

- Brick Lane Battle of the Bands (£4680) – host an event with local schools

- Linwood Youth Voice (£4500) – document the history of the group with a film to premiere in Paisley Town Hall

Ydance (£13350) – cross-curriculum lessons and creative dance classes in schools based on one of Paisley’s historic buildings

Karen Hanvidge Ceramics (£3668) – Twice weekly ceramic workshops for children

- Mandy McIntosh (£22000) – new public artwork on Slug in the Bottle story at Wellmeadow

Abhinaya Dance Academy (£9900) – taster dance sessions across Renfrewshire to help establish regular classes

Paisley YMCA (£8178) – 40 week digital music making and film project for young people in Renfrewshire

Nil by Mouth (£800) – workshops across six Renfrewshire primary schools culminating in a Guinness World Record attempt

- Project Z (£3100) – exploring Paisley’s venue heritage and punk subcultures

- Project Ability (£2200) – 22 visual arts workshops on Renfrewshire’s textile heritage with pupils at Mary Russell school

- Paisley Poems (£920) – establish a literary magazine featuring poems and poets connected to Paisley

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 (£9450) – develop a interactive visitor attraction in a High Street property

Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir (£4000) – host an inaugural annual concert with Paisley musicians

ConFAB (£24000) – project exploring Renfrewshire’s historical and present day women involving young performers and local choirs

Elderslie Community Council (£5000) – feasibility study to establish William Wallace connections

An incredible £1millon worth of funding was lodged for the first round of the culture fund – more than double the amount of money available in the fund.

Five additional projects from the first round of applications are also receiving funding. These include.

Renfrewshire Tapestry Group (£9800) – create a permanent artwork involving local community and schools

- Taudevin & Hurley (£2000) – theatre play on what it is like to be female

- The Tannahill Project (£16342) – write, record and perform an original suit of music inspired by Robert Tannahill’s poetry

Live Music Now Scotland (£10000) – new piece of music inspired by memories and culture of Paisley’s mills

H-Arts (£5000) – part funding for an international theatre exchange

So far, more than £200k has been awarded to projects by community organisations, cultural groups and business.