Finding the perfect match

While many partners show clear overlaps in interest or ambition, others display less obvious connections, but still deliver outstanding results. In arts, heritage and business, as in life, sometimes the most unlikely unions can make the greatest partnerships!

Our partnership stories are inspiring examples of arts and heritage organisations finding their perfect business sponsors and working together to bring their ideas and ambitions to fruition. They are also clear and compelling examples of how sponsorship of the arts and heritage results in projects and activities that make a positive impact on our communities and our country as a whole.

The projects highlighted here were supported by the CBFS and their stories and others can be read in full on the Arts & Business Scotland website. This resource is updated regularly to bring you the latest stories of how the fund has supported and enabled innovative creative partnerships between the culture and business sectors.

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Dundee, Design, Discovery – V&A Dundee’s 3D Festival

V&A Dundee & NCR Financial Solutions Group

Community & social empowerment | International engagement | Tourism | Young people 

Working together to support Dundee’s regeneration programme

The Dundee, Design, Discovery celebration marked the public opening of V&A Dundee over Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 2018. A multi-disciplinary, two-day music and arts festival, it was attended by around 22,000 people in the city’s Slessor Gardens and broadcast live on BBC2. A signature event within the Scottish Government’s themed Year of Young People 2018, it was co-designed by V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective and specifically aimed at generating a deep sense of ownership and pride within the citizens of Dundee.

Having secured early support from DC Thomson and Brewin Dolphin, a commitment from NCR which was match funded by CBFS secured the overall budget required to stage an ambitious project with the aim of shining a national and international spotlight on Dundee and the museum. And a new partnership was formed, based on a shared ambition to demonstrate support for the regeneration programme in Dundee.

Local Hero

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company Ltd & The Edrington Group Ltd

Education & learning | Equality, diversity & inclusion | International Engagement | Older people | Tourism

An iconic Scottish partnership

Described as ‘a wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach but ends up losing his heart to a village’, this ground-breaking musical adaptation of Bill Forsyth’s iconic Scottish film, Local Hero, was co-produced by Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre and London’s Old Vic, and enjoyed its world premiere in Edinburgh in March 2019, followed by a sell-out six-week run. 

Local Hero was an opportunity for The Lyceum to create world-class theatre in the heart of Scotland. The show reached 32,900 audience members during its six-week run in Edinburgh and engaged with thousands more through press and social media. In a highly collaborative partnership with The Edrington Group, creative aspirations were perfectly balanced with commercial needs, allowing both partners to reach new audiences. The show opens in London’s Old Vic in June 2020.

Dippy on tour!

Glasgow Life & Clarkston Chiropractic

Education & learning | Environment | Health & wellbeing | Tourism | Young people 

Let’s go on a natural history hunt!

When Dippy (the Natural History Museum’s Diplodocus skeleton cast) went on an eight-stop UK tour, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was his only Scottish venue. With a public learning programme running alongside the exhibition, Glasgow Life were keen to find a business partner to support the development of a volunteer programme to support and deliver this. Ideally a partner with a shared interest in bones…

Clarkston Chiropractic may be a relatively small firm, but as advocates of good spinal health, who work with local families and school children, there seemed to be a natural fit and the company was immediately enthused by the idea of partnership and involvement in the project. With the addition of CBFS funding, Glasgow Life were able to create a both a learning programme and a volunteer programme that allowed them to manage crowds and engage with visitors in a meaningful way. In addition, the 50 volunteers and four volunteer organisers enjoyed a fun, sociable and meaningful role that also developed their own skills and networks.

Supported and Open Glasgow Programmes

Glasgow International Festival Of Contemporary Visual Art & Mactaggart & Mickel

Community & social empowerment | Education & Learning | Equality, diversity & inclusion | International engagement | | Tourism    

Innovation and creativity in the heart of Glasgow

Glasgow International is Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, taking place every two years across the city. Combining the characteristics of a major visual arts biennial with an open submission programme for artists and curators based in the city, it is a unique event in the European art calendar.

The festival is known for combining the international and the local, with events and exhibitions taking place in both large scale public venues and smaller, less conventional spaces. This approach is distilled into the Supported and Open Glasgow Programmes, strands of the festival featuring exhibitions and projects that successfully applied for seed funding following an open call out for entries.  

It’s Electric!

Grampian Transport Museum Trust & Norco Energy Ltd

Community & social empowerment | Education & learning | Older people | Tourism | Young people

Celebrating the work of a great engineering pioneer

Part of Grampian Transport Museum’s ‘It’s Electric!’ exhibition during 2018/19, the sponsored project involved making full-sized working replicas of Robert Davidson’s battery and reluctance motor of 1837. Researched and manufactured by the Museum’s own engineering volunteers with specialist help from Norco Energy, TDC and Whittaker Engineering of Aberdeen, the replicas provided a critical historical aspect to an exhibition that recognised and celebrated Davidson as a great engineering pioneer.

Norco Energy’s financial contribution, match funded by CBFS, enabled the project team to purchase rare materials for complete historical accuracy, including Swedish pure iron and cotton-insulated wire. And there is no doubt that this support encouraged the involvement of both TDC and Whittakers, who enthusiastically contributed skilled precision engineering expertise and materials as sponsorship in kind.

SEALL Festival of Small Halls

SEALL (Skye Events for All) & The Sligachan Hotel

Community & social empowerment | Education & learning | Environment | Equality, diversity & inclusion | International engagement | Health & wellbeing | Older people | People with disabilities | Tourism | Young people 

Using music to bring a community together

The first SEALL Festival of Small Halls took place between 23 and 30 November 2018, bringing big music to small halls in and around the Isle of Skye with the aim of promoting ‘people, place and performance’. By engaging some of Scotland’s most remote rural communities in a celebration of the traditional music and heritage of the Highlands and Islands, the Festival focused on the importance of the community hall as a space in which to gather and unite.

Fees, hospitality and transport costs for the key musicians represented the major part of the Festival’s budget, so the generosity of The Sligachan Hotel in contributing accommodation for musicians and use of the hotel’s halls, bars and functions rooms for talks and sessions, coupled with match funding from the CBFS, meant that SEALL could concentrate their limited budget on securing the best musicians to give every festival goer a truly memorable experience.

Iolaire Memorial Public Art Sculpture

An Lanntair & Gael Force Group & Stornoway Port Authority

Community & social empowerment | Education & learning | Equality, diversity & inclusion | Older people | People with disabilities | Tourism | Young people 

A poignant memorial for the people of Stornoway

In the early hours of New Year’s Day 1919, HMY Iolaire, a ship carrying servicemen returning from WW1, sank at the entrance to Stornoway Harbour with the loss of 201 lives. This was the worst peacetime shipping disaster in British coastal waters of the 20th century, yet remains relatively unknown outside the islands of Lewis and Harris. 

The anniversary of the Iolaire disaster on 1st January 2019 was the final formal event in an official, national four-year programme commemorating the Centenary of The Great War. A significant memorial that would pay tribute to those lost, the survivors and the wider island community was proposed, to create a lasting legacy for the island and those visiting it. Three highly respected visual artists – Arthur Watson RSA, Marian Levan RSA and Will Maclean RSA – were commissioned to jointly create a piece of public art in the form of a bronze sculpture.

The Steamie

Showboaters Drama Group & MacPherson Electrical Ltd & Spey Design

Education & learning | Health & wellbeing | Older people | Tourism | Young people 

A bright spark of creativity in a small Highland village

The Steamie is an iconic and much-loved play, which encapsulates the social history of Glasgow in the 1950s. Working in partnership with Inverness-based MacPherson Electrical Ltd and Boat of Garten-based Spey Design, Showboaters Drama Group reminded an older generation and introduced a younger generation to both a play and a period of time. 

Reaching an audience of more than 900 at Boat of Garten Community Hall, during eight sell-out performances, the production and its promotion were significantly enhanced through in-kind sponsorship from Spey Design (valued at over £1,000) and a £2,000 sponsorship package from MacPherson Electrical, both match funded by CBFS.

D-Lux Festival of Light

D-Lux Arts CIC & Jardine Funeral Directors

Community & social empowerment | Environment | Equality, diversity & inclusion | Health & wellbeing 

A story of rejuvenation and regeneration

Dumfries town centre, like many in Scotland, has struggled with the decline of the retail market with many shops and buildings now standing empty and falling into disrepair. There is little or no ‘after dark’ economy and the overarching aim for this project has been to lift spirits and promote wellbeing during the darkest part of the year.

The ongoing support of Jardine Funeral Directors, with a three-year commitment match funded by CBFS, has seen the Festival of Light grow over 2017 and 2018, reaching the arts organisation’s original ambitions in 2019. By using creative interplays of light and dark, the festival events seek to initiate exploration and public conversation, and to support ongoing, arts-based town centre regeneration efforts in Dumfries by increasing footfall in the evening.

The Digital Orchestra

Drake Music Scotland & PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc

Equality, diversity & inclusion | Health & wellbeing | People with disabilities | Young people 

Breaking down barriers with inspired music making

The Digital Orchestra is Scotland’s first disabled youth orchestra and provides a much-needed
platform for young musicians and composers with disabilities in Scotland to showcase their talents to the public. Playing a range of digital technologies, especially developed for musicians with severe physical disabilities, the ensemble has quickly gained an international reputation.

This project involved the delivery of 10 rehearsal sessions in Drake Music’s dedicated Craigmillar studio, allowing 12 disabled young musicians to work with guest professional musician, Aidan O’Rourke, followed by the performance of a new work, Skein, and the UK premiere of a piece written collectively by the orchestra, called Flame. This was made possible through an inspirational partnership between Drake Music Scotland – Scotland’s leading disability music organisation – and US-based leading audio electronic company, PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc, with match funding provided through CBFS.

Snow White

Eden Court Theatre & The Cairngorm Group

Education & Learning | Equality, diversity & inclusion | Older people | Young people

Can investing in the arts reach new audiences? Oh yes it can!

Financial support from The Cairngorm Group, match-funded by CBFS, ensured that Eden Court’s 2018 production of Snow White was a huge success, attracting the biggest audience in more than a decade and allowing arts organisation and business sponsor alike to raise their profile in the region.

Eden Court in Inverness is Scotland’s largest combined arts organisation with a building complex that includes two theatres, two cinemas and three art galleries. In addition, an outreach programme takes the performing arts right across the Highlands. The Christmas pantomime is the biggest event in Eden Court’s calendar and for many people it’s not only a festive family tradition, it’s often a child’s first experience of live theatre too.

Theatre in Schools Scotland (TiSS)

National Theatre of Scotland & The Scottish Salmon Company

Community & social empowerment | Education & learning | Health & wellbeing | Young people

When the classroom becomes a stage

The Theatre in Schools Scotland (TiSS) three-year pilot was developed by the National Theatre of Scotland ,in partnership with leading performing arts companies for children and young people, and is generously supported by The Scottish Salmon Company with match funding from CBFS.

The ambition of the pilot is to create a model that brings specially designed, professional theatre performances to every child, in their own school, across every local authority in Scotland. In 2017, Year 2 of the pilot offered life-changing cultural experiences in the rural communities where The Scottish Salmon Company farms and included four shows: Lost at Sea (Catherine Wheels), Jason & the Argonauts (Visible Fictions), Up to Speed (Rosalind Sydney) and The Story of the Little Gentlemen (Catherine Wheels).

Swan Lake

A tale of precision, strength and support

The owners of Check-It Scaffold Services, John and Hilary Austin, are lovers of ballet and support Scottish Ballet as individual donors.

Their sponsorship of a new interpretation of Swan Lake gave rise to an unexpected but enormously beneficial meeting of minds as synergy was discovered between the values of the two organisations: precision, strength, quality, dedication, perfectionism and support.

Rapid Departure

Interactive theatre delivers strong environmental lines

Right Lines have established their name as writers and producers of original theatre, touring productions to far-flung rural communities across Scotland, particularly in the Highlands & Islands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

At the same time as delivering engaging comedy, Right Lines always seek to examine issues affecting the communities they reach.

Hugh Green’s Stirlingshire

Celebrating the work of a quiet renaissance man

Stirlingshire artist, Hugh Green, was a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Glasgow School of Art but previously worked with Bridge of Allan painting and decorating partnership, P&R Rose, the forerunner of today’s established paint manufacturer, Craig & Rose. Planning the first exhibition of this largely unknown artist since his death in 1973, Stirling Smith approached Craig & Rose with a request for support.

The People's Tower

Putting a community in touch with its heritage

Dundee’s Royal Arch was built in 1844 to commemorate Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to the city. But, to great public outcry, it was demolished in 1964. Inspired by the ‘People’s Towers’ of French architect Olivier Grossetete, the DIAS wanted to rebuild the Royal Arch as part of the city’s annual Ignite Dundee festival.


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