Rozelle WW1 project to share in £310k national arts investment

 27 May 2016  |  

The project will build on the success of the Remembrance Woodland

The project will build on the success of the Remembrance Woodland

A powerful project which aims to engage people about the realities of World War One at the Rozelle Estate in Ayr has landed funding from a national arts programme. Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced the award as part of their Strategic Investment and WWI programmes.

South Ayrshire Council was awarded £7,870 for its Inspiring Landscapes project at the Rozelle Estate in Ayr. Using the Council's collection of prints by the WW1 Official Artist, David Muirhead Bone as a focus, the project will combine research into the power of print during the war, as well as providing people with the chance to experience printmaking first-hand using the local landscape and built environment as their inspiration.

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure, "We're proud to have been named as part of this prestigious round of awards, that will help us to build on our existing work at Rozelle.

"Our Remembrance Woodland, which includes a tree sculpture and trail, has already been warmly received by visitors and this new funding will help to build on our educational work.

"By using our David Muirhead Bone prints as the starting point, and our landscape as inspiration, we will be teaching a new generation about the sacrifices of the past."

MGS is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector. Of the national total, £227K of the awards came from the MGS Strategic Investment Fund and £81K from their WWI fund. The Strategic Investment Fund allows museums to progress their own organisational development plans. The WWI fund encourages museums to undertake creative approaches with their local communities to exploring the impact of the Great War.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said, "Museums play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families and communities across Scotland.

"We're pleased to be able to fund projects that allow museums to work with their communities to explore the broad impact and legacy of World War I and its continuing resonance on modern life."