Creative in Your Community 2020

We are inviting emerging artists aged 16 – 25 to be Creative In Your Community!

To apply, you must be either:

  • In S5 or S6 and considering studying your chosen art form in the future, or;
  • Currently in further/higher education in an arts/creative industries discipline, or;
  • Have recently graduated in one of the following art forms: dance, drama/theatre, digital/film, literature, music or visual art/craft/design.

We recognise that, more than ever, we need to consider The Five Ways to Wellbeing and:

  • Connect with other people
  • Be active
  • Learn new skills
  • Give to others
  • Pay more attention to the present moment.

We invite you to put together a project that:

  • Involves at least one of the following art forms: dance, drama/theatre, digital/film, literature, music or visual art/craft/design;
  • Engages people in your community in some way.
  • Sees you collaborate with a professional mentor, e.g. an artist, musician, writer, film maker, dancer, playwright, etc. 
  • Might explore some of the challenges we face in our communities and/or globally today. 

Projects should:

  • Support progression and development for you as an emerging artist;
  • Include elements of the Five Ways to Wellbeing;
  • Promote participation and sustained engagement (e.g. build relationships between communities, artists and arts organisations);
  • Be carried out in line with Scottish Government advice on physical distancing. We welcome digital responses, but also ask artists to consider digital inequality when considering how you might be Creative In Your Community as the guidelines begin to change. 
  • Aim to have a long-term positive outcome for you and your community.

We will support 18 emerging artists with an award of £1,000 each. This can be used to pay yourself for your time on the project and be used for any materials you might need.

All artists must be either currently living in, or have previously attended school/been home educated, in the Highland Council area. 

Each of the 18 artists will also receive twelve hours of mentoring from one of six mentors listed below.

The 18 artists will also take part in three Creative Conversations facilitated by the Highland Youth Arts Hub consortium. 

We hope that the 18 emerging artists will, organically, become a supportive peer network going forward. 



1st July: Project launched

24th July: Closing date for applications

7th August: Announce successful artists 

17th August – 4th December: Projects should take place 

11th December: Brief final report/video /creative response submitted. 


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Anne MacLeod is a Highland writer whose work reflects the land, the people and the changes wrought by time and history. Her novel The Dark Ship tracked the Great War and its aftermath throughout the 20th century. Her poems are known from Salzburg to Cape Breton. She believes in words.

Jenna Watt is a multi award winning theatre maker originally from Inverness, her previous works include; Faslane, How You Gonna Live Your Dash and Flâneurs. Utilising both a directing and playwriting process, her current works explore the relationships between society, sustainability, land management, climate change mitigation and ecofeminism.
Joanne B Kaar is a research based visual artist who combines fact, fiction and folklore, often incorporating traditional craft techniques. As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations, Joanne is the recipient of a Museum Galleries Scotland and Creative Scotland ‘Iconic Artists in Iconic Places’ award. She has worked in Taiwan, South Korea, Iceland, USA, Canada, Estonia, Catalonia and exhibited worldwide.
Robbie Synge is based in Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms. He makes performance, film, objects and other things rooted in choreographic thinking around the body and its meeting points and touch with people, objects and the natural and built environment.
Thomas Hogben is a Scottish based filmmaker with a passion for telling stories in an interesting and thought-provoking way. He has worked as a documentary DP on a number of BBC projects as well as had his work showcased at festivals around the world.
Julie Fowlis is an award winning singer, composer and voice artist who has performed on stages worldwide and worked on films for Disney Pixar and Dreamworks. Her own artistry is rooted in the wild landscapes of the Highlands and Islands. Scotland’s inaugural Ambassador for Gaelic, she is also an honorary Doctor of Music.