Congratulations go to two members of DG Unlimited who, along with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland's Open Project Fund:
Patricia Cain is a visual artist who will use the award to undertake research into autistic thinking and autistic identity in order to support her own self-development as an artist with Asperger Syndrome. The project will begin to explore how the creative autistic "self" can flourish and the research will culminate in a keynote presentation/installation at the Second International Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition Conference 2019, as well as a larger project and book, together with a social enterprise centered on neuro-diversity. Trisha said "I’ve been working on and thinking about this project for about a year, so I'm really pleased that Creative Scotland found this neuro-diversity project valuable. My aim is to locate methods and methodologies that make Autistic thinking visible, but I also think this fits into a bigger picture as we all think uniquely."
Stuart Macpherson, musician and sonic artist's "Solway to Svalbard" project is a creative response to the spring migration of the Barnacle Goose from the wetlands of the Solway Firth in South West Scotland to the Islands of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. Stuart said "Receiving support from the Open Project Fund gives the project a massive boost, as this will be the third and final research residency of the project it represents the furthest extent of the migration and is of considerable significance for the narrative of the project. The first hand experience of the environment and the personal insights of the those connected will be invaluable."