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Scottish Architecture Festival receives funding boost

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The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has been handed £50,000 funding towards its 2016 Architecture Festival

The funding from Creative Scotland comes just months after the incorporation controversially asked every practice in Scotland to cough up an ‘optional’ £1,000 towards the cost of the institute’s festival which will run from March to October next year (Scottish architects split over £1,000 festival payment).

The event, which has received the backing of the Scottish Government, aims to raise ‘awareness of the importance of a well-built environment and help inform communities throughout Scotland of the economic and social benefits of good architecture’.

Past RIAS president and chair of the festival David Dunbar, said: ‘This support for the Festival of Architecture 2016 recognises that the art of architecture, both historic and contemporary, is truly worthy of recognition and celebration. It is, after all, the context within which all creativity happens.’ 

Philip Deverell, director of strategy at Creative Scotland added: ‘We are delighted to support the development phase of The Festival of Architecture which will be framed by 2016’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

‘The Festival will be a nationwide celebration of architecture, comprising exhibitions, events and creative learning activities, made possible through the collaboration and support of over fifty organisations in the heritage, architecture, arts and public sectors. 

‘It will reach out to a very wide audience, inspire and engage young and old, with a diverse programme that opens all our eyes to our designed places and spaces, leaving a legacy of resources to help individuals and communities shape their future.’

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