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About Arts Alive

Arts Alive is a new pilot programme for schools delivered by Scottish Book Trust, in collaboration with Scotland's National Performing Companies.


Arts Alive can help you put the expressive arts at the heart of your school.

Applications are now closed for our fully-funded short, intensive residencies. Please contact [email protected](this link will open in a new window) if you have any enquiries.

Arts Alive supports schools across Scotland to work with artists from the National Performing Companies (the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera).

Schools experiencing cost as a barrier to working with artists can apply for fully funded, short, intensive artist residencies. Residencies can range from one day to one week.

Benefits of Arts Alive

Interested in how it could benefit your school? Check out some of the schools and artists taking part in our 2021 Arts Alive residencies(this link will open in a new window).

Arts Alive has so far delivered nine fully funded school residencies and sits alongside the hugely successful Live Literature(this link will open in a new window) programme, which has connected authors and audiences in communities across Scotland for almost 50 years.

The 2022 Arts Alive residency programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with the National Performing Companies:


For all programme and application enquiries, please email [email protected](this link will open in a new window).