We were delighted to receive the news on Wednesday 29th October that Stellar Quines were successful in becoming one of Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations. This news comes in the company’s 21st Birthday year and is welcome recognition for 21 years of successfully celebrating Scottish and international women’s voices at home and abroad.
Amongst some surprising announcements the company is certainly grateful to be included within Creative Scotland’s current portfolio, however now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Our figures suggest Stellar Quines’ 2015 – 18 funding allocation represents a modest year on year decrease. This means alongside delivering an ambitious programme of work over the next 3 years, we will also be working hard to identify new funding opportunities.
The reality of the funding environment is as such that there is not enough money to go round, and as with many other organisations, Stellar Quines will be seeking to diversify our funding streams to protect our long term future once that 3 year mark comes round again far too quickly. As a touring company with 21 years behind us we’re also mindful that we are still in receipt of one of the lowest levels of funding amongst regularly funded touring theatre companies in Scotland. This is without meaning to sound ungrateful, but a call to action for the company, to make an even stronger case for our existence within the theatre ecology of Scotland.
We cannot do this without continuing to nurture a culture of collaboration with artists, venues, actors, directors, creatives, all those who share in our creative life and work; as well as striving to continually develop and find new ways to engage with our audiences.
We look forward to sharing the next three years with you, and if you’d like to get in touch we’d be delighted to hear from you.
Rebecca Davis, Producer