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ScotRail Foundation supports Aberdeen arts project

Posted: 21st February 2019

A public event to promote creativity in the African and black communities is set to take place in Aberdeen city centre, thanks to a grant of almost £5,000 from the ScotRail Foundation Cultural and Arts Fund.

TrendyPR has been awarded £4,650 in funding from the Cultural and Arts Fund to host a public event at Union Square Shopping Mall.

The event, Our Aberdeen, will see an African-Scottish themed catwalk take place at Union Square, bringing creative people from Scottish and ethnic minority communities together to showcase their talent – including makeup artists, fashion designers, film and video professionals, photographers, event planners, musicians, DJs and performing artists.

By hosting the event, TrendyPR hope to unite people from diverse communities, foster a community spirit, encourage artists from minority groups to be more active, and to promote new levels of confidence within the community.

A total of £60,215 has been awarded to 18 groups and individuals throughout the country in the latest round of funding, and is the largest grant the Cultural and Arts Fund has ever made.

The ScotRail Foundation is part of the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ initiative and aims to empower residents making a positive difference in their local community.

Applications are taken from groups or individuals across Scotland looking to fund arts, community recreation, or sports activities in the vicinity of a train station, or with a travel or safety theme.

ScotRail Alliance Head of Economic and Community Development James Ledgerwood said:

“It’s fantastic to see the real difference that these grants are making to the lives of across Scotland, bringing communities together.

“We know how important the railway is to the communities we serve, and we want to do all we can to strengthen and support that link.”

Foundation Scotland Chief Executive Officer Giles Ruck said:

“We have been working with the ScotRail Foundation since 2016 supporting grassroot projects across Scotland.


This latest round has attracted a number of projects which will connect communities to their railway stations, bringing colour and vibrancy to the stations and the thousands of travellers who pass through each day.”



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