Arts Alive

A new Scotland-wide pilot programme connecting young people with the arts in 2021.


Introducing Arts Alive

Arts Alive is a new Scotland-wide pilot programme that will connect young people with the arts in 2021.

Scottish Book Trust, in collaboration with Scotland's National Performing Companies, will deliver Arts Alive, a new pilot programme for schools in 2021. Applications are now open for schools to be part of the pilot year of this exciting new programme.

Schools across Scotland can apply for part-funded workshops, visits and talks from artists from the National Performing Companies. Schools where cost is a barrier to working with artists can also apply for fully funded artist residencies, including a specially produced extended residency with a team from Scottish Opera.

Arts Alive can support you to put the expressive arts at the heart of your school. Arts Alive will provide high-quality professional arts experiences for young people, shown to contribute to improved confidence, wellbeing and narrowing the attainment gap. Funded schools and artists are welcome to use funding for remote, digital and in-person activity that best fits the needs of the school community and any restrictions on activity in school.

The programme will support artists to be paid for events and workshops, give artists the opportunity to develop their practice and advocate for the value of their work. Arts Alive sits alongside the hugely successful Live Literature programme, which has connected authors and audiences in communities across Scotland for almost 50 years.

Arts Alive is funded by the Scottish Government and Education Scotland. The pilot programme will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust in collaboration with the National Performing Companies. The National Performing Companies are:

About the pilot programme

From January-May 2021, artists from the National Companies will deliver:

  • 200+ part funded sessions in schools
  • four fully funded residencies of at least ten sessions each in schools where cost is a barrier to working with artists
  • one specially produced residency delivered by a team of artists from Scottish Opera

Applications for schools are now open

Deadline: Friday 13 November, midday

Get in touch

Visit the website here

For all enquiries, or if you need to make an application in a different way due to access reasons, please email

Arts Alive is supported by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the National Performing Companies.