…But not without making sure we maintained focus on specific project plans. We submitted a bid to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund in June 2015. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful but we received some helpful feedback to strengthen the application so we decided to re-apply. In particular, the original application was considered to have limited information on specific project plans, therefore artistic outcomes relating to the planned creative engagement activity were unclear to the assessors. We re-submitted and addressed this feedback at a number of levels:

  • Liaised with project partners to firm up what the artistic outputs will be in the platform festivals and events.
  • Prepared an artists’ brief that clarifies the artistic development and outcomes in the project.
  • Created a specific work-stream to develop the action research platform for the project and to introduce European collaborations.
  • Focused the artistic outputs on community galas and events to connect the work with new audiences using the pulling power of local screen archive material.
  • Introduced a specific research strand that includes the Nordic Universities Study Circle.
  • Included a public project showcase bringing the artistic and research outcomes together.

In parallel, we applied to the BFI Britain on Film Programme, a major 3-year public engagement project funded by the BFI aimed at opening up unprecedented access to the UK’s screen heritage. The 2016 programme theme was ‘Rural’ and with the confirmation of three screen-based events resulting from the Sensing Place workshop programmes, we built a case for funding and submitted in December 2015.

We finally received a positive outcome on the second submission to Creative Scotland in March 2016 so after a delayed start, planning progressed on the project.

Onwards – and as quickly as possible!