Horsecross Arts’ community activities have been recognised in Perthshire’s most prestigious business awards.

The creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre scooped the Commitment to the Community Award at the annual Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards on Friday 20 November.

Louisa Evans, head of development for Horsecross Arts said:

"Many people are familiar with the range of concerts and performances, conferences and other events Horsecross Arts hosts in its venues. What often goes unnoticed is the work we do in the community, giving people career opportunities, working with those with health conditions, providing social opportunities; inspiring, involving and changing lives. As a registered charity we are reliant on the support of funders such as our creative learning core funder The Gannochy Trust and corporate sponsors such as Miller Hendry who provide us with support to deliver our diverse Join In programme. Winning a Star Award is a fantastic endorsement of this important work and we hope that the profile which it gives us will encourage more funders and supporters to come forward and be a part of it.”

Head of creative learning at Horsecross Arts, Noëlle Cobden said:

“It is a huge honour to receive this recognition of the work we do in the local area. Our projects can improve health and well-being, integrate communities and open doors to opportunity and achievement. We take immense pride in supporting people of all ages and from all walks of life to realise their full potential. Every year we introduce thousands of people of all ages and abilities from, across the region, to the performing arts - our award is dedicated to each and every one of them!”

Horsecross Arts’ extensive community, education and outreach programme delivers a diverse series of Join In activities to more than 20,000 individuals living across Perthshire. The creative learning programme offers young people, adults, people with learning or physical difficulties and those who are the most vulnerable opportunities they may not get elsewhere, opportunities with life changing benefits. By focusing on working with people living in rural parts of Perthshire and areas where arts provision is limited or absent, the creative learning team provides the chance for the people of Perthshire to explore their creativity, develop new skills and build confidence. The organisation also offers a range of training and career development opportunities.

For further information about the range of community and creative learning activities on offer from Horsecross Arts visit our Join-In pages.