The Saltire Society announces new Alasdair Gray Bursary, and Prints Exhibition in Edinburgh

The Saltire Society is a leading cultural charity in Scotland. In case you don’t know of it, this is from their Wikipedia entry:

The Saltire Society is a membership organisation which aims to promote the understanding of the culture and heritage of Scotland. Founded in 1936, the society was “set up to promote and celebrate the uniqueness of Scottish culture and Scotland’s heritage, and to reclaim Scotland’s place as a distinct contributor to European and international culture.”[1]The society organises lectures and publishes pamphlets, and presents a series of awards in the fields of art, architecture, literature and history.

Today, on 21 March, the Saltire Society announced at an Edinburgh press conference the creation of a new post secondary financial award, the Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary. The first £1000 bursary is to be awarded in November 2017.

According to the Society’s press release:

The Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary will be open to post-secondary students pursuing careers in music, fine arts, theatre, dance or cultural studies, and seeking to fund innovative, multi-disciplinary creative proposals in Scottish cultural studies. Judging will be made by an independent panel of experts with the winner being announced in November. Details of the call for entries will be sent out in due course.

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Alasdair is extremely pleased that his efforts and mine, and YOURS (if you are one of the many who backed the 2016 Songs for Scotland Project) have resulted in the creation of  this bursary. The new Saltire Society managed bursary promises to ‘give forward’ to our next generation for a long time to come.

To inaugurate the new award, on 21 March the Saltire Society will open an exhibition of signed, limited edition screen prints by Alasdair Gray in their offices in Edinburgh. The exhibition will run until 29 April and is free to the public. The show will be held at:

Saltire Society Headquarters, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street Edinburgh, EH1 1TF

Viewing is by appointment, please contact:

Email: Telephone: 0131 556 1836

A group of prints matching those on display will be available to buy at the exhibition, with a percentage of the value of sales going towards the bursary fund.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 06.56.28 Inside that Box of Bone

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