Sustaining Creativity

24th Aug · Dawn Hawkins

A press release from the Barn


August 2020

Sustaining Creativity

The Barn arts centre in Banchory is temporarily closed and income generating activity has ceased, yet they continue to explore ways of sustaining the work they do and reaching out to their audiences in order to help us all come through this difficult time.

As the Barn continues to weather the storm of Covid-19, they have been humbled by the number of people who chose not to take a refund but to take credit or donate to the Barn instead, and by all the additional support they have received from both individual donations and the various grants which were made available to them.

“Prior to lockdown we were delighted to receive confirmation from Creative Scotland of a significant grant to enable the upgrade of our cinema screen projection to DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). The new projection equipment has now been installed and going forward, will allow us to programme a wider range of high-quality films and documentaries, closer to their release dates. In June, The William Syson Foundation awarded us with a generous grant of £3,000 which we are able to direct where it is most needed. We were also awarded a significant grant to enable the upgrade of our stage and house lights from halogen to carbon efficient LED energy. This was generously funded by the Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland. We are also grateful and relieved to have received support from the Scottish Governments Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund. Designed to support arts venues that cannot yet re-open to full capacity due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this funding will help to safeguard our organisation until March 2021.

Despite all of this, our earning potential over this period has been and continues to be considerably impacted by the closure and the organisation still faces significant financial pressures.”

Victoria Layt, General Manager the Barn.


As we progress through this Worldwide pandemic, it is more apparent than ever just how important arts venues are to our communities, and to Scotland, a country awash with talented artists, designer-makers, performers, musicians, dancers, film makers and many more, all who rely upon venues like the Barn to support their work.

We know that Covid-19 will have a long-lasting impact on the arts sector. Over the coming months, the Barn hope the relief funding, will enable them to work with artists to develop new ways of being creative together.

Marketing Manager Dawn Hawkins said “We look forward to re-opening our Gallery doors again in September as we host a stunning exhibition from Aberdeenshire based paper artist Stevi Benson – Fragile Nature. We hope this is the first of many ways to once again engage with our audience, artists and the community. We do not hold all the answers as to how the future will look for the Barn but your support for the Barn has never been more important. To ensure our survival beyond March 2021 please consider donating today.”


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