Arts projects in the money thanks to Creative Scotland

Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy

Two local projects are among those set to benefit from more than £80,000 of funding from Creative Scotland.

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk and the Lochgelly Centre were among 24 successful applicants in a national funding programme by the arts body which helps carry out refurbishments and purchase equipment to improve access, presentation and enjoyment of arts and culture.

The Old Kirk is being transformed into a sustainable community arts and heritage centre and community music hub.

Funding of £31,500 will contribute towards the first phase of design improvements being led by the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust.

Rosemary Potter, chairman of the trust, said: “We are delighted to be able with this funding to improve the facilities in the historic Old Kirk for the whole community, including audiences, performers and the public engaging with their heritage. Thank you to Creative Scotland!”

Fife Cultural Trust has been awarded £56,000 to help support the development of the Lochgelly Centre.

Work will include renovation of the main theatre and studio, improved lighting, IT and film making equipment, as well as the provision of aerial facilities in the sports hall to develop a centre for aerial theatre and circus skills, an area of low provision in Scotland.

Hazel Wotherspoon, head of programming and creative development for Fife Cultural Trust, said: “In 2010 the £2.8 million refurbishment was about the cafe, foyer, office space and the large library and that was constructed around the theatre, dance studio and sports hall. This is us following through and looking at improving these areas so we can bring the same excellent work we bring to our other venues to the community in Lochgelly.”