Creative Places Shortlisting for Gatehouse

Gatehouse of Fleet is delighted to have been shortlisted for a Creative Scotland Creative Places Award.  Now in its second year, the Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being.


Nominees have been selected for the wide involvement of the whole community, as well as the track record of their existing plans. The Gatehouse bid has been submitted through the Gatehouse Development Initiative working with four key Gatehouse organisations with an arts basis - The Mill on the Fleet, The Bakehouse, Gatehouse Festival Music, and the Gatehouse Artists Co-op.  The award if it comes to Gatehouse would be used to further develop the arts base in Gatehouse through better programming, increased investment in marketing and a new Business-Arts partnership.

Ken Smyth of the Gatehouse Development Initiative said “Gatehouse has a vibrant arts community that already provides a rich programme of arts events for the local community and visitors, ranging across music, literature, drama and story-telling, and visual arts. Whilst well supported by the local community the viability of this programme depends on increasing visitors to Gatehouse from elsewhere in the Region and from further afield.”
Supporting the project, Wilma Finlay from Cream o’ Galloway said “The Award of Creative Places status would encourage  businesses and artists to work together to create more events, attract more tourists, stimulate the local economy and ensure long-term sustainability”