McCaig Tower, Oban, Colmcille Awards Projection Event  (09.06.2021)
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EVOLVE ARTS & TOURISM: Bute, Dunoon, Oban Arts Commission Opportunities

Posted by CHARTS



Deadline Date


CHARTS is pleased to announce artist / arts collective commission opportunities as part of the forthcoming programme, Evolve Arts and Tourism, supported by Creative Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.

New commissions will be developed in Bute, Dunoon/Cowal, Oban.

Up to £9k in total is available for innovative partnership programmes in each area, for projects which last up to three months.

The key aim of Evolve is to respond to the negative impacts of Covid-19 on our creative communities and demonstrate new possibilities and delivery mechanisms to reinvigorate the sector.  Evolve Arts and Tourism therefore supports the development of new partnerships with the tourism/hospitality sector and the use of new / underutilised spaces to exhibit / show work. Artists of any discipline may apply with an emphasis to be consumer facing and sell their product.

To find out more please see more information and guidelines here:

Commission guidelines
Application form
Equal opportunities form 

Deadline for applications:  6pm, 14th July 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can artists from outside Argyll and Bute be involved in this project?
A: The funding is for artists living in Argyll and Bute and priority will be given to those living in the target areas (Oban, Dunoon/Cowal, Bute) - artists living in the targeted areas can however propose to collaborate with other artists living in other places in Argyll and Bute (and possibly further afield, nationally and or internationally where there is strong rationale for collaboration)

Q: I don’t live in any of the targeted areas but would like to know if I can take part
A: Artists from other areas across Argyll and Bute can also propose new partnerships with other artists and/or hospitality / business providers located within the targeted areas.

Q: I am a venue manager. I would like to take part. Does the application need to be submitted by an artist/s?
A: Ideally the proposal should come from the artist/s but we can accept an application from a potential host with the intention to create a residency opportunity for artist/s. It should be noted however that this funding is available for artists inclusion and any and all funds allocated is for artist/s, for their contribution / time.

Q: What are the income generation opportunities for hospitality/tourism and artists or artists projects?
A: The relationship between the hospitality provider and artist re retail is their own separate agreement e.g., for commissions on sales. This project creates the opportunity for partnership development.

Q: I know a group of artists who would aim for new partnerships with the tourism/hospitality sector but who don’t have time to do or find out more about this. Can this project help?
A: Any artist interested in this project should make themselves known by application. The project manager can be in touch in due course to help develop appropriate linkages and broker relationships where possible. 

Q: I have missed the online FAQ sessions advertised. Can I still get advice?
A: Yes please contact – we would be happy to help 

Photo: McCaig Tower, Oban, Colmcille Awards Projection Event (09.06.2021), artwork by Thomas Keyes. Photography: Och Aye Events.