Galloway partnership wins top award

left to right: Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf Steve Kirkpatrick, Weesleekit Chrys Salt, The Bakehouse Adrian Searle, Freight Design Andrew Nicolson, Virgin Money Kath Mainland, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Alastair Jeffrey, J Thomson Colour Printers
left to right: Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf Steve Kirkpatrick, Weesleekit Chrys Salt, The Bakehouse Adrian Searle, Freight Design Andrew Nicolson, Virgin Money Kath Mainland, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Alastair Jeffrey, J Thomson Colour Printers

Design company Weesleekit and the arts venue The Bakehouse have won an Arts & Business Scotland Award at a prestigious ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Arts & Business Scotland exists to promote mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture and holds an awards ceremony each year to recognise the most outstanding partnerships.

Weesleekit and the Bakehouse won the New or Returning Sponsor Award for their partnership, which generated the expectation and excitement needed to create three full houses for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour in Scotland. The performances took place at the Crichton in Dumfries, the tour’s most successful venue in the UK.

The Bakehouse is at Gatehouse of Fleet, while Weesleekit is based in Dumfries.

Barclay Price, chief executive of Arts & Business Scotland, said: “Weesleekit’s sponsorship was central in enabling 1600 people in this rural area the opportunity to see world class theatre. Such community commitment by a local company is a worthy winner and underlines that business sponsorship of all scales are crucial in ensuring that every part of Scotland can benefit from a vibrant arts scene.”