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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 has been designated as a year in which scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design will be showcased and celebrated with a programme of activity aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events sector.

Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016 will be led by VisitScotland and partners including Architecture + Design Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Festival of Architecture 2016 and V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

From cutting-edge technology to textiles, architecture and craft, Scotland boasts an outstanding heritage and contemporary practice which continues to inspire audiences across the globe.

Funding has not yet opened for event support.

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and supported by partners Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Minister for Tourism Fergus Ewing said: “From our first Year of Homecoming in 2009 to 2015's Year of Food and Drink, the people of Scotland and our visitors have had the opportunity to enjoy our most valuable and celebrated assets. To build on this momentum, the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund will be used to deliver a series of events that take place across the country and throughout the year to celebrate all that is great about Scotland.”

2016 will be an exciting year. The Festival of Architecture will connect Scottish communities and visitors with architecture through events and exhibitions Scotland-wide. The National Museum of Scotland turns 150 years old and will reopen ten new galleries showcasing Scotland's internationally important collections of decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.

Arts organisation NVA's plans to resuscitate Kilmahew woodland and modernist icon St Peter's seminary with commence with public art event Hinterland to launch the Festival of Architecture 2016, the creation of the new V&A Dundee will gain pace, and the new Queensferry Crossing - set to be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world - will officially open.

A programme of funded events was announced in November 2015.

Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design Event Fund

The events fund to develop activity to celebrate Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design has now closed.

However if you think your event would benefit from becoming part of the Year you may be interested in joining the Partner Programme. Partner Programme events do not receive funding but may be included in dedicated marketing and media activity for the year. For more information go here.

Photo: Issey Miyake and Callum Innes at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2013, part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, hosted by Ingleby Gallery. Photo by Nico Krijno.

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