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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Festival to showcase Scotland’s architecture

£400,000 funding for Festival of Architecture

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £400,000 of funding to support the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture.


The Festival will be an international celebration of design and creativity designed to highlight Scotland’s architecture and the quality of our built landscape.

The Festival of Architecture will take place from March to October 2016 and will form a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. 

The Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from EventScotland, and is designed to boost appreciation and understanding of our built environment as well as highlighting the economic, social and cultural importance of good architecture. 

The programme, which will be announced in due course, will comprise hundreds of events throughout Scotland, including exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, competitions and community projects as well as educational initiatives and conferences. 

Announcing the funding Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The RIAS Festival of Architecture will highlight the richness and breadth of Scotland’s architecture and the world quality of our built landscape. 

“It will be a nationwide event, showing how architecture touches everyone’s lives and engaging with Scots and visitors to Scotland – whether they have a professional involvement in architecture, or a passing interest.

“Architecture is a pivotal part of Scotland’s culture. This funding from the Scottish Government and VisitScotland will allow the Festival of Architecture to connect Scottish communities and visitors with our architecture through events & exhibitions, Scotland-wide.

“The 2016 Festival of Architecture will form a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations which will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to boost tourism in every corner of Scotland.”

David Dunbar PPRIAS, Chair of the Festival of Architecture 2016 said: “This support for the Festival of Architecture 2016 is an important recognition of the potential of this eight month-long event. The Royal Incorporation and our 62 other partner organisations are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary values Scottish Architecture so highly and that the Festival will be a key part of the themed Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

“This Festival is a national celebration, notably of great architecture, but also of how the work of architects improves people’s lives. It has the potential to transform Scotland’s relationship with its built environment, engaging local communities, young and old alike, with the art form which has been called “the mother of the arts”. By improving people’s appreciation and understanding of architecture we all have the potential to improve Scotland. It will also be great fun!”

Mike Cantlay OBE, Chairman of VisitScotland said: “Architecture is a pivotal part of Scotland’s culture and a major tourism asset, with an estimated £187m spent by visitors viewing architecture and buildings on trips to our inspirational country. This Festival is a key part of the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design in 2016 and we are really excited to see the activity and events planned. One of the big aims of the festival is to make architecture more accessible to both young and old, encouraging everyone from adventure-seeking families to seasoned design experts to engage with this artful science and discover exciting and innovative developments, buildings and structures across the country. Scotland is a nation of pioneers and it’s high time we shouted about it!” 

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design begins on 1 January 2016 and ends on 31 December 2016 and is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Festival of Architecture 2016, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Celebrity golf tees off at Trump Turnberry

A star-studded line up will compete in a new charity golf event which is set to make an exciting debut at Trump Turnberry, the world famous resort.


Celebrity golfers from sport, TV and entertainment will play alongside amateurs in a four ball 18-hole competition on the Open championship Ailsa course in September to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Charity. 

Beatson Cancer Charity is committed to raising significant funds to enhance the experience, treatment, outcomes and wellbeing of current and former cancer patients and their families. The charity is dedicated to enhancing people's outlook at every stage of their cancer journey throughout the Beatson Cancer Centre and related facilities across the West of Scotland. 

Beatson Cancer Charity also funds a range of specialist posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research-based staff as well as for enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments, unique research projects and educational initiatives.

The Golf Channel’s Dougie Donnelly has gathered together a host of top celebrities including TV presenters Chris Hollins, John Inverdale and Andy Nicol along with Scottish comedian, Fred Macaulay, who have already signed up to play at Turnberry, one of the last opportunities to play the original Ailsa prior to its biggest ever makeover which commences in October.

Stephen Walker, Director of Sales & Marketing of Trump Turnberry, commented: “There is a legendary history of celebrity golf events at Turnberry and we are delighted to continue this important legacy in partnership with the West of Scotland’s leading cancer charity.” 

Charlene Elliott, Head of Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity commented: “We are so grateful to Trump Turnberry for choosing Beatson Cancer Charity as its official charity to benefit from this fantastic, star-studded event. Alarmingly, more than one in three people are affected by cancer in the West of Scotland - the highest cancer rate in Europe. 

“As technology advances and new treatments are developed, the demands on cancer services continue to grow so this truly fantastic level of support is so vital in helping us to continue to provide funding and services to enhance the wonderful care thousands of patients receive at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre each year.

“On behalf of everyone at Beatson Cancer Charity, I’d like to give my sincere thanks to everyone involved with Trump Turnberry and the event itself. All money raised will go a very long way in the fight against cancer, now and in the future and for that we are truly thankful.”

Amateur golfers are invited to purchase a team of three and will be allocated a celebrity on arrival at the resort.   Included in the round will be the opportunity to beat the old pro on the 11th hole when players will compete against former European tour winner, Andrew Murray.

Following the competition, all players will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, hosted by Dougie Donnelly in the recently refurbished Caledonia Ballroom when a number of first class prizes and auction items will be available.  Prize packages include golf and accommodation at Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, Trump Doonbeg and also the famed Blue Monster at Trump Doral in Miami.

The golf, dinner and overnight accommodation in lodge or classic room costs £1600.00 for a team of three.  Further information and bookings can be made at rsvp@trumpturnberry.com

Beatson Cancer Charity is committed to raising significant funds to enhance the experience, treatment, outcomes and wellbeing of current and former cancer patients and their families. The charity is dedicated to enhancing people's outlook at every stage of their cancer journey throughout the Beatson Cancer Centre and related facilities across the West of Scotland.

Trump Turnberry is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.