Saltire to back Scotland's creativity with new trust

Saltire to back Scotland's creativity with new trust

A new trust to support Scottish arts, heritage and culture has been launched by the Saltire Society Trust.

The charity, aims to raise £5m by 2016, will focus on launching two new programmes aimed at supporting innovation and creativity in Scottish culture: the Saltire Fellowships scheme will enable exceptional individuals to devote their energies fully to their art or craft by appointing them a Saltire Fellow and providing them with financial support to continue their work; the Saltire Enlighten programme aims to encourage innovation and risk-taking amongst the next generation of Scottish writers, artists, engineers, architects and academics by offering bursaries to support their work and to encourage cultural activities in an international context.

In return, recipients will be asked to share their experiences through the Saltire Society’s website, social media and public events.

Executive director of the Saltire Society Jim Tough said: “2014 has been a wonderful year for Scotland and a magnificent one for the Saltire Society. We want to be able to continue to recognise and celebrate all that is excellent in Scottish culture and the Saltire Society Trust will enable us to do just that.

“Thanks to our unique partnership with both the Arts Trust Scotland and the Robert Hurd Memorial Fund, we have already taken a major step towards achieving our goal of raising £5m by the Society’s 80th birthday on St. Andrew’s Day 2016. Here we see Scotland at its best where in the interest of the greater good the assets from both funds combined with those of the Saltire Society itself have been used to create the new Saltire Society Trust. Our members have already responded generously to this new initiative, helping us to secure four new patrons who have each committed to make an annual contribution to the trust.”

The trust was officially launched on Saturday (29th November) at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library as part of the Saltire Society’s annual Saltire Celebrates event, a showcase of the activities undertaken by the society over the past year.

The event was attended by the winners of this year’s Saltire Literary Awards alongside winners of the 2014 Housing Design and Civil Engineering Awards.

The Saltire Celebrates event also recognised the ongoing Outstanding Women of Scotland campaign, launched in February 2014and culminating in the publication of a permanent archive of Scotland’s most influential women throughout history.

This campaign will continue into 2015 with the Saltire Society and Glasgow Women’s Library planning to announce an inaugural list of 10outstanding women of Scotland at a celebratory event on the eve of International Women’s Day in March.