LGBT History Month Scotland is delighted to find out that the Cultural Commissions Award has been nominated for an LGBTI Scotland Award!
The Cultural Commissions Award has been nominated in the 'Culture' category, which recognises outstanding LGBTI achievement and inclusion in the arts.
The category is currently up to public vote - click here to vote for us, and check out the other categories honouring the movers and shakers and campaigners for LGBTI equality in Scotland.
Since 2012, LGBT Youth Scotland has worked closely with Creative Scotland to deliver a cultural programme as part of LGBT History Month.
Every year, our Cultural Commissions Award supports Scottish artists to create work which engages with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history; our past, present and future.
This year, our Cultural Commissions Award winner is James Ley, who will write a theatre piece exploring Edinburgh’s LGBT history.
Previous winners include Zoe Strachan, Garry Mac, Lucy Holmes-Elliott and Sandra Alland.
“The impact of the commission upon me has been great - I really hope that this comes through in the work. I’ve had to shed a lot of my own assumptions and have been surprised by how happy folk are to talk about themselves. In talking about the LGBT labels I’ve really had to ask if these labels are enough for us? It’s made me question my own use of labels. The interviews have often gone off in tangential directions which I think folk have enjoyed. My own self-perception as a queer artist is changing - I’m becoming much more ‘small p political’ in my outlook and in my work. I want to get the work seen by wider audiences. I’m learning a lot about the techniques involved in animation.” – Garry Mac