We're delighted to announce that a number of Leisure & Culture Dundee supported projects have been shortlisted for the 30th Arts & Business Scotland (AB&S) Annual Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in innovative relationships between the cultural and business sectors.
UNESCO City of Design Dundee and D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd are finalists in the Placemaking and People Awards for collaboration in use of West Ward Works as the home of the inaugural Dundee Design Festival. James F McKellican and the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ have also received nomination in the Fundraising Excellence category. We would also like to congratulate Claire Dow, BAM construction and Dundee Institute of Architects, who were supported by Dundee Festival Trust, on their nominations for the The People's Tower; Dundee's Royal Arch.
The Placemaking award sponsored by VisitScotland recognises a partnership which has shaped the cultural activities in a particular geographical area to celebrate the very best of Scotland's creative, cultural and historic wealth, and/or can show how cultural tourism can raise the profile of Scotland at home and abroad.
The People category recognises a partnership that has used the power of culture to engage with and educate people in Scotland’s communities, evidencing the contribution that culture can make to improve health, wellbeing, confidence and quality of life.
The new Fundraising Excellence category recognises an individual or team that has made a significant contribution to the fundraising efforts of an arts, cultural or heritage organisation in Scotland.
Bob Duncan, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
"One of the great strengths we have in Dundee is our ability to make collaborative working very effective across the different sectors. We appreciate the significant support that business and supporters groups give to the cultural sector in the city, so it is very pleasing to see these projects make the shortlist."
A&BS Chief Executive David Watt said:
“This year’s shortlist is a fantastic reflection of the innovation and creativity which exists between the cultural and business sectors, contributing to a thriving and vibrant cultural offering here in Scotland.
“Throughout the judging process what was abundantly clear was the value that cultural organisations bring to both rural and urban communities though their social and economic impacts. It is hugely encouraging therefore to see such a diverse range of businesses demonstrating a willingness to support this activity in Scotland.”
The awards party will take place at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls in the New Auditorium on Thursday 23 March 2017. The evening will include an address from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP.