Creativity at Work

Creativity at Work - Artist in Residency Programme

The ‘Creativity at Work – Artist in Residency Programme’ is managed by Arts & Business Scotland and funded via Creative Scotland and is designed to embed creativity into business and encourage skills sharing between the business and cultural sectors.

As part of the programme, we have most recently been celebrating the culmination of a successful partnership between independent charity Foundation Scotland and artist Natasha Russell, resulting in the unveiling of a unique art installation entitled ‘Murmurations’, which brings together snippets of imagery that reflect various aspects of Foundation Scotland’s work and the projects it supports.

Natasha spent the preceding six months in residence at Foundation Scotland, learning about its people, the projects it funds, and its ambitions and priorities with the aim of creating a holistic and permanent visual representation of the organisation.

Supported by The Gateway Exchange Trust and William Grant Foundation, the resulting installation has been created through linocut printing onto thin, strong Japanese paper, which is then printed in tiles of various sizes and mounted directly onto the wall.

Previous residencies delivered as part of the Creativity at Work programme have included placing acclaimed playwright Stuart Delves in residence with haggis manufacturer Macsween to produce a theatre play about the story of Scotland’s national dish, which went on to be performed as part of Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe in 2014. Other residencies have included placing photographer Michael Murray with Glasgow business space Skypark; writer Rona Barbour with Dundee based engineering firm Rautomead Limited; artist Catriona Taylor with Dunfermline based paint-producing company Craig & Rose; and successful crime writer, journalist and musician Doug Johnstone with William Purves funeral director.

Due to the success of the programme and the positive impact the residencies have had on those businesses and staff engaged, Arts & Business Scotland plans to launch a renewed Creativity at Work programme in January 2018.

In the meantime, for more information about Creativity at Work, please contact carl.watt@aandbscotland.org.uk. You can also read a blog by Natasha Russell about her residency with Foundation Scotland here.