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Glasgow’s Untitled Projects “dormant” after rejected funding bid

Stewart Laing, artistic director of Untitled Projects. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan/ Flickr
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Glasgow-based theatre company Untitled Projects has gone dark, after its application for three year regular funding from Creative Scotland was rejected.

The company, run by artistic director Stewart Laing, was previously in receipt of Breakthrough Funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to establish itself as a core-funded company.

Christine Hamilton, chair of the Untitled Projects board, told The Stage that having made the shift up to a core-funded organisation in 2010, with office, staff and networks of collaborators and development work, it would not be possible for Untitled to go back to working on a project-by-project basis.

“They [Creative Scotland] expect us to apply for project funding,” she said. “We won’t do that. It means people working for nothing, putting together applications, not knowing whether they are going to get them. In legal terms we are becoming a dormant company. We will remain a registered company, but there are no plans to do any projects now because there is no money.”

The company created the Salon Project with the Traverse and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner with the National Theatre of Scotland, which recently toured to the Dublin Theatre Festival. Both productions received multiple nominations from the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Untitled’s ongoing main stage director’s residency, created in collaboration with the Citizens Theatre with funding from Creative Scotland and the Jerwood Foundation, will now pass over to the Citizens Theatre.

A Creative Scotland spokesman said the organisation recognised the quality of Untitled’s work but said that there were more high quality applications for regular funding than it could support.

He said: “We would have liked to fund a greater number of organisations through this route had a greater budget been available. Untitled Projects are able to apply into Open Project Funding, which is now live, for funding support up to two years.”

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