Creative Scotland U turn on funding

Funding restored to five companies 

Creative Scotland has backtracked over its decision to cut funding for five arts companies.

The arts body is to reinstate funding touring companies Birds of Paradise, Lung Ha, Catherine Wheels, Visible Fictions and the Dunedin Consort for the next three years.

The move, follows an emergency board meeting of Creative Scotland and comes hot on the heels of a wave of criticism from the Scottish arts world. Two Creative Scotland board members had also threatened to resign over the issue.

The five companies were among 20 which had been due to lose their cash.

Creative Scotland said the 116 organisations which had already been awarded funding would not lose out as a result of the U turn.

Edinburgh-based theatre company Stellar Quines, which had faced a 22% cut, will see its budget returned to its previous level.

Disability rights activists raised concerns about the future of Glasgow-based Birds of Paradise, Scotland's only professional disability-led arts organisation, and the Edinburgh-based Lung Ha Theatre company, which works with people with learning disabilities.

Ben Thomson, the interim chairman of Creative Scotland, said these decisions were always "extremely challenging".

"We have listened to the extensive and constructive feedback we received from many individuals and organisations working across the arts and culture in Scotland" he said.

"We have reviewed our budget for regular funding and, within the limits of the alternative funds available to us, we have been able to re-allocate £2.6m over three years, allowing us to include five further arts-producing organisations in the network.

"We have also reaffirmed our commitment to other funding, which will include touring; equalities, diversity and inclusion; and new support for artist-led work."

 

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