Arts and Business winners unveiled at ceremony in Edinburgh

A series of collaborations between business and the arts have been celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.

Caledonian MacBrayne, the ferry service provider, the president of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Virgin Trains and YDance were among the winners of the Arts & Business awards, held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Caledonian MacBrayne was named first winner of new Business Creativity Award for CalMac Culture, its brand of cultural events and competitions, which take in music, screen, and this year arts and Gaelic.

The Leadership Award this year went to Donald MacDonald, president of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He said: "It is indeed an honour to receive this lovely award.

"It very much reflects on the teams involved in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, both on and off the platform, and also the creative team at the East Neuk Festival.

"It has been a great pleasure to be involved with such talented and committed people."

The winners of the awards, for which Herald and Times are media partners, received work by glass artists Vicky Higginson and Alan Horsley, both Artists in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art’s School of Design.

David Watt, chief executive of Arts & Business, said: "The partnerships, projects and individuals celebrated at the Arts & Business Scotland Awards illustrate the appetite within the cultural and business sectors to ensure Scotland is a nation which has creativity and cultural engagement at its heart.

"This year’s winners showcase the very best of what can be achieved through partnership working across the length and breadth of the country and we are immensely proud to recognise such tremendous achievements.”

The awards were the 29th of their kind.

The Placemaking category, sponsored by VisitScotland, recognises a partnership that has strategically shaped the cultural activities in a specific geographical area, and was won by Urban Union and Waveparticle for their work on Art and Living Laurieston.


The People Award, "for a partnership that has used the power of culture to engage with people in the wider community" went to A1 Toys for their partnership with Children’s Classic Concerts for their season-opener, Monsters’ Ball.

In the Digital Innovation category it was Glasgow based recording studio LaChunky’s sponsorship of Tromolo Productions that impressed the judges with the three week run of performances of multimedia show Biding Time (remix) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

The Entrepreneurship Award, which recognises a partnership "that has developed business expertise or opportunities within the cultural organisation" went to Woodend Barn and Buchanan Food of Banchory.

The International Award is for a partnership that "has supported the cultural organisation’s international activities or that has leveraged international support for the cultural activities of an organisation within Scotland."

Glasgow 2014 provided the background for YDance to create the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival, with sponsor Virgin Trains.

It brought 450 young people from all across the Commonwealth to Glasgow for the event.

The Enterprising Museum Award celebrates a museum which has shown "outstanding commercial innovation" was this year won jointly by Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum and the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Congratulations to Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum and the Scottish Maritime Museum.
      
"Their projects really exemplify the innovative and entrepreneurial work by museums across Scotland and I am delighted that their achievements are being highlighted and celebrated through the Enterprising Museum Award."

A series of digital fanfares to welcome the winners on stage were created by pupils from primary six at Canal View Primary School along with digital sound artist Dr Jules Rawlinson.



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