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ABS-Awards-2014-(credit-Eoin-Carey)Image: Eoin Carey. L-R: Brian Inkster (Inksters Solicitors), Fraser Anderson (Scottish Ensemble), Jenni Steele (VisitScotland), John Raine (Shell UK), Liz Scott (Shell UK), Martin Danziger (Theatre Modo).

We are thrilled to announce that Scottish Ensemble’s partnership with Inksters Solicitors has won a prestigious Arts & Business Scotland award.

The award, in the category of Placemaking, was presented at an awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on Friday 24 October and recognised our work during an ambitious four day residency in Shetland. During our time here, we engaged in a wide range of on- and off- platform actitivites created in response to, and in collaboration with, the community. Mareel is an important new venue in Scotland and we are proud to have contributed to its programme and development. Winning in the category of Placemaking is also particularly significant as this partnership has allowed us to forge a meaningful new relationship with a community, one that we hope to continue in the long-term.

We’d like to thank Inksters Solicitors for their support and Arts & Business Scotland for their matching investment through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme. We must also thank Sally Beamish who composed the extraordinary new work, Seavaigers, which formed the centrepiece of our final performance at Mareel, and also the work’s soloists, fiddler Chris Stout and harpist Catriona McKay.