Arts charity shortlisted for award for River Clyde Homes project

Arts charity shortlisted for award for River Clyde Homes project

A socially engaged arts charity based in Greenock has been shortlisted for an award for an arts project hosted by River Clyde Homes.

RIG Arts is a finalist in the Creative Regeneration category at the SURF Regeneration Awards category for its popular Broomhill Project.

The Broomhill Project is a publicly engaged arts project, which connects local residents and artists, to create physical artworks, events and performances. River Clyde Homes provide a designated Art Flat in the heart of the Broomhill, free of charge, to hold workshops and events. The Art Flat has now become a local hub and a regular meeting place for people in the community.

Having assessed more than 65 applications across five categories, judges from SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) will be visiting finalists in the coming weeks. River Clyde Homes, as a major contributor to the project, will be interviewed about the contribution creative regeneration makes to the area.

Karen Orr, artist/manager at RIG Arts, said: “I am delighted that RIG Arts ‘Broomhill Project’ has been shortlisted for the Creative Regeneration SURF Award. It’s great to get recognition for the hardwork being undertaken using creativity and innovation to build community spirit, to involve residents in the regeneration process and to cast a positive light on the area.”

Kirsty Morrison, head of customer services, central, added: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with RIG Arts. Broomhill is one of the biggest regeneration projects in Scotland at the moment and the“Broomhill Project” is a brilliant initiative that brings the Broomhill Community closer together and meets our aims, through creative regeneration, of developing a long term sustainable community. River Clyde Homes wish RIG Arts luck in this exciting award.”

Running since 1998, the SURF awards are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration. The awards highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 7 December by a leading Scottish Government minister at the 2017 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

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