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A group of young people who produce their own artistic shows and events have won a top national award.

Art Boss was started in January 2020 for young people from Renfrewshire between the ages of 14 and 18, giving them an opportunity to produce, write, direct and appear in their own artistic performances.

And they have been so successful, they have recently won the Arts category in the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

When Art Boss was launched by Renfrewshire Leisure, in partnership with Renfrewshire Youth Services, the idea was for the young people to perform their live shows at various arts festivals, but the coronavirus pandemic meant they had to adapt and take their performances online.

Already, they have launched their own graphic novel, called The Attic, which was published online and in print; produced their own Hallowe’en horror movie called, The Devil and the Art Bossers and created a video called This Is For The… by narrating a poem paying tribute to the workers on the frontline in the fight against Covid.

Marie Collins, is the music project producer with Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team and helps the young people in Art Boss.

Marie said: “Winning this award means a lot to the young people involved in Art Boss and they were buzzing when they heard about it.

“The young people have put a lot of hard work into their projects over the past year and this recognition for what they have achieved is very well deserved.

“They have had a fantastic year and are very committed. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Art Boss in the future.”

The Art Boss group has been made possible with the support of Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.

Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, and Paisley Arts Centre, have received a total of over £161,000 from the open call for applications to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Awards made to performing arts venues in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire as part of the £5million open call are as follows:

  • Eastwood Park Theatre, £90,000
  • Paisley Arts Centre, £71,961

Designed to support performing arts venues that cannot yet re-open due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fund is helping to:

  • remove the threat of insolvency prior to the end of March 2021 to enable the development and delivery of activity as soon as practicable
  • allow for specialist / core staff to return from furlough or avoid redundancy to work on future sustainable activity plans
  • increase commissioning and employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners (between now and end of March 2021) to support continued public engagement while closed.

Iain MunroCEOCreative Scotland said: “Despite the ongoing, detrimental impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on Scotland’s performing arts venues, and on culture as a whole, it is positive that we can offer some funding to help venues navigate these extremely challenging times. I’m also encouraged to see that this funding will help venues across many different parts of Scotland where they form such an important part of the cultural life of local communities.”

These venues are amongst 59 across Scotland sharing a total of £4.74million from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund’s £5million open call. A full list of all 59 venues can be found on the Creative Scotland website.

Jude HendersonDirector of the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) said: “We welcome the announcement of these emergency awards to performing arts venues across the country. The funds will help to support the vital work they do in serving communities, providing employment and showcasing Scotland’s world class theatre and dance offer, much of which is created by our members.”

The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund is one of a series of measures being put in place to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector, including five new emergency funds which were announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August and are being delivered through Creative Scotland as follows:

  • The £15million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, which opened for applications on Thursday 17 September, with a deadline of today, Thursday 24 September.
  • The £3.5million Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund, which opened for applications on Monday 14 September with a deadline of Monday 5 October.
  • The £5million Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund, for which we issued an open call for partner organisations to help us distribute this fund, was launched on Friday 11 September, and has a deadline of Friday 25 September. We aim to be able to distribute funds from October. The Screen element of these Hardship Funds opened for applications on Tuesday 22 September.
  • The £5million Sustaining Creative Practice Fund includes £1.5million for the Culture Collective programme, mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The remaining £3.5million has been added to Creative Scotland’s existing Open Fund which is open for applications from individuals now.

The previously announced £2.2million Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund has reached 72 venues across Scotland, including Paisley live music venue The Bungalow. Recipients were published on Tuesday 22 September and full information on awards made, can be found here.

Updates on all emergency funds are being published regularly on the Creative Scotland website and publicised through media and social media communications.