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In November 2016 Perthshire Art Association welcomed the commitment of Perth and Kinross Council and its key partner Culture Perth and Kinross, to invest in the improvement and provision of Cultural Facilities within Perth and Kinross as part of its bid to secure the City of Culture 2021 title, and wished it every success in bringing its ambitious plans to fruition.

In advance of the official launch of the bid on Friday 19 August 2016, Provost Liz Grant said, “We want to give everybody in Perth and Kinross the chance to take part in culture and creative learning, connecting our rural and urban communities through inspiring arts programmes which bring people and places together. We have such a fantastic wealth of culture and heritage here: I can’t wait to showcase it to the world. The bid will allow us to cultivate new talent and make the area a place where artists, creative industries and business innovation can flourish.”

The Council’s aspirations include the refurbishment of Perth Museum and Art Gallery to provide greater display space, a new Visual Arts facility in Perth City Hall and provision of Artists’ Studios in the former St Johns Primary School building in Stormont Street.

The bid will have short term implications for the Perthshire Art Association, not least the need to find alternative accommodation for our Annual Exhibitions during the closure of Perth Museum and Art Gallery which is likely to be for a period of 18-24 months during the period 2018-21.

Unfortunately Perth’s bid failed to secure a place on the shortlist which was announced in July 2017. Local politicians have been quick to voice support fort he quality of the bid and have indicated that it will not stall their ambitions to improve the infrastructure of Cultural facilities in Perth and Kinross. The Perthshire Art Association looks forward to seeing these plans materialise.