A festival celebrating 176 years of Scottish photography has been awarded a funding boost from VisitScotland.
St Andrews Photography festival is among 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country to benefit from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of the National Funding Programme run by EventScotland, part of the national tourism organisation’s Events Directorate.
The event, which takes place throughout September, has been awarded £5,500 to grow its profile across the country. The National Funding Programme supports the strategic delivery of events taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities, and generating media profile for Scotland.
The month-long programme of events aims to celebrate a long line of Scottish photographers, historic and contemporary, and to recognise St Andrews as the home of Scottish photography. William Henry Fox Talbot’s infamous photographic process patent did not apply to Scotland, and so experiment abounded in this north-east corner of Fife. St Andrews luminaries, such as Dr John Adamson and Hugh Lyon Playfair, were some of the first amateur and professional Scottish photographers.
Approximately 15 non-traditional venues across the town will have their wall space taken over. Additionally, organisers will be hosting events, talks, historic process demonstrations, and workshops, as well as an amateur photography competition. The event will be launched by a Gin Fayre Exhibition.
The event has been developed by BID St Andrews in collaboration with the University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division, and has received support from Fife Council.
Rhonda NcCrimmon, Manager of BID St Andrews, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to get support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme. It has been a huge help for growing the profile of the event and the help and advice we have received has been invaluable.
“Despite everyone knowing St Andrews is the home of Golf, few know the crucial role it played in the introduction of photography to Scotland. We believe this is a unique selling point of the town so this event is a great opportunity to showcase the area as well as celebrate the country’s rich photographic history.”
Manuela Calchini, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: “I am delighted to see that St Andrews Photography Festival was one of the 14 events across the country to be supported by EventScotland. With an outstanding programme of events to celebrate the nation’s photographers, it’s sure to be an exciting and visually stunning September in the home of Scottish photography.”
Enabling existing events to expand what they offer visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of the ways that National Funding Programme support is used to help regional events continue to flourish and grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s overall events portfolio – a major contributor to our national economy.
The National Funding Programme plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation as the ‘perfect stage’ for events. The programme is key to ensuring that the country has an exciting, vibrant portfolio of annual events promoting Scotland’s cultural heritage and delivering positive for local communities.
The full list of events which received support in the latest (Round 35) awards from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme is as follows:
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