Funding to develop new art, music, animation and literature has been awarded at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
The awards are given to projects which explore creativity
Eight artists have received £30,000 each from the Scottish Arts Council's Creative Scotland Awards 2004.
One winner, Zoe Irvine, plans an opera based on telephone conversations.
The other recipients were artists Doug Cocker and Alison Watt, musicians
Edward McGuire, Chick Lyall and Tom Bancroft, sculptor David Swift and playwright David Greig.
Congratulating the recipients at The Hub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, chairman
of the Scottish Arts Council, James Boyle, said: "It's a real privilege to be in
the company of these artists and to be part of Europe's most valuable and
prestigious arts awards."
Fife-based Zoe Irvine's project, which caught the eye of the judging panel, is
to compose a libretto based on genuine telephone conversations overheard in
Working in collaboration with the Paragon Ensemble and Glasgow's Centre for
Contemporary Arts, the finished musical piece will then act as a background to a
gallery art installation which she herself will also create.
Ms Irvine, 31, said: "The first major benefit of this funding is that I will be able to do a project that I just never would have been able to do, and I get to work with some fantastic people.
"It has also struck me that I have financial security for two years, which is
great because I live a very itinerant life and sometimes there just isn't enough
work going about."
The Creative Scotland Awards were first presented in 2000 and 60 awards have
been made since then, at a total cost of over £1.5m.
The funding is for artists who have a significant record of achievement and
who live and work in Scotland.
It is designed to provide artists with an opportunity to explore their
imaginative ideas without having to worry about funding.