Monday 25 March 2019

Inspiring Scotland Bursary Announcement

Inspiring Scotland

We are thrilled to announce the two recipients of the Inspiring Scotland Bursaries 2019.

This year’s winner of the 2019 Inspiring Scotland Bursary for Music is Rachel Walker, an Edinburgh-based fiddle player. Rachel will be using this money to attend the Grappelli-Django Camp in the Netherlands to further her knowledge of and practice in the Gypsy Jazz form.

  Rachel Walker Photographed by Marcin Szymborski.


 Rachel says: Receiving this funding means the world to me. I am a fiddle player with a passion for improvisation. Two years ago, I discovered jazz ‘Manouche’ music and was immediately hooked. This bursary will enable me to travel to a world-renowned gypsy jazz camp in the Nertherlands and develop my skills.

The winner of The Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary is artist Claire McGinlay whose proposed body of paintings will focus on the whitewashing of abuse claims at the Sisters of Nazareth Orphanage in the 1970s and 80s.

 

  Claire McGinlay photographed by Laura Edith Roxby.

 

Claire says: I am thrilled to have won this award. It reassures my confidence in the work I am currently developing that explores the impact of story-telling to highlight urgent causes. I hope to reach a wider audience and highlight the evolution of our social landscape in relation to art practice.


The Inspiring Scotland Bursaries were created to celebrate emerging creatives, based in Scotland, who demonstrate exceptional potential and whose development will be greatly benefitted by the funds. The Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary, first created in 2017, is open annually to post-secondary students perusing a career in music, fine arts, theatre, dance or cultural studies and seeks to fund innovative, multi-disciplinary creative proposals.

 

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5 October 2019

2019 Outstanding Women of Scotland 2019 Announced

Campaigners tackling period poverty, equality and the continuation of Scottish Folklore and folksong are among the 2019 Outstanding Women of Scotland Inductees.

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26 September 2019

The Saltire Society Honour Scotland’s Greatest Contributors at Prestigious Fletcher of Saltoun Awards

On Saturday 21 September, Saltire Society members invited the public to celebrate the contributions of four of Scotland’s most influential citizens, working for the benefit of Scotland at large.

The Awards were this year hosted in Aberdeen’s historic Maritime Museum and were awarded to Aileen Christianson, writer and academic, Di Gilpin, knitwear designer and innovator, Jan Clarkson, Dental healthcare researcher, and Steve Parkes, Director of Dundee University’s Space Technology Centre.

 

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26 September 2019

Outstanding Women of Scotland 2019

At a special event as part of the Women of the World, WOW What now event,

The 2019 Saltire Outstanding Women of Scotland will be announced with the 10 inductees being presented with a limited edition print from emerging printmaker Natasha Russell.

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