Latest News: Bodysurf Scotland Wins Creative Scotland Contract

Moray Dance Organisation Wins Creative Scotland Contract

MORAY based dance organisation Bodysurf Scotland has successfully bid for a £20,000 contract to deliver a Professional Dance Development Programme across North West Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.

Taking place between December 2017 and December 2018, Bodysurf Scotland will test a new model of support for professional dance artists living in the Highlands, Islands and Moray area.  As there is no dance agency model currently operating in the area the pilot will aim to fulfil a gap in provision. The pilot is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding.

Bodysurf Scotland’s proposal revolves around network building, a consultation programme, the provision of training, the management of a £20,000 residency and commissioning programme, and the provision of support with regards to the promotion and presentation of new work.  The project will be designed and delivered in consultation with dance artists, organisations and venues across the region.

Karl Jay-Lewin, Creative Director, Bodysurf Scotland said, “As an artist-led organisation, we take a responsive approach to fulfilling the needs and demands of those active within the professional dance sector. The majority of northern dancers want to remain in the north and Bodysurf Scotland is committed to building a capable and developed sector that encourages professional dance artists and organisations to live, work and visit here. We are delighted to have been awarded this tender and to deliver this pilot programme on behalf of Creative Scotland.”

Laura Cameron-Lewis, Head of Dance at Creative Scotland said, “Creative Scotland are delighted to announce the appointment of Bodysurf Scotland to deliver this tender to lead an important strategic project which will build the profile and activity of professional dance activity in and around the North West of Scotland including our island communities. This project will support artists to build successful careers, and to live and work all over Scotland where they enhance the important and diverse communities in rural and urban places.”

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Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

Bodysurf Scotland is at the vanguard of contemporary dance. We’re on a mission to promote and produce bold and imaginative events that offer people from across the globe to just down the road new opportunities to experience dance. Whether we’re introducing rural audiences to contemporary dance, promoting experimental dance practices or delivering dance and movement activities to improve the wellbeing of communities, we see ourselves as leaders in our field. For further information about Bodysurf Scotland please visit Follow us @bodysurfscot and

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Helen Nasrat, Administration & Marketing Officer, Bodysurf Scotland
01309 691661,