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City Council continues its support of arts organisations as it bids to be UK City of Culture 2017

07/12/12

Applications are now open for Aberdeen City Council's Cultural Awards 2013/14.

Any voluntary or not for profit organisations or groups that lead in the delivery of arts and cultural activity in the city have until Friday 08 February 2013 to apply. Individuals can apply providing the project is in partnership with a formally structured organisation or group.

The funding aims to support the creation of new cultural activity, the development of existing arts organisations and to help increase partnership working through one of the three investment categories; Access, Support and Aspire with awards range from up to 5,000, 10,000 and over 10,000.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "Our commitment to bid to be UK City of Culture 2017 means culture will continue to be at the heart and focus of life, from the grassroots up, in the city next year.

"The bid process is an opportunity to showcase the very best that Aberdeen's cultural sector has to offer, as well as increasing participation opportunities for everyone living in the city.

"We will be seeking Cultural Award proposals that reflect the levels of engagement, opportunity and aspiration that this period could offer towards even greater cultural opportunities for the people of Aberdeen."

For further information, support and to download an application pack please visit the website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/vibrantaberdeen, email vibrantaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone (01224) 523805.

Over 40 projects were supported by the Cultural Investment programme in 2012-13 including Aberdeen Art Gallery's House of Annie Lennox exhibition, Aberdeen Arts Centre programme, The Sound Festival, SHMU Sound, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Dance Live, Torry Arts Forum's community arts programme and Art's Development's 100 Words project.