A new home for Edinburgh’s print studio and the refurbishment and expansion of Cove Park artists’ centre in Argyll are among the 16 projects for development announced by Creative Scotland. The awards will support organisations to develop their plans, with almost £15 million set aside by Creative Scotland for successful final schemes.

Edinburgh Printmakers has been given an award of £60,000 for the development of new premises and to support artistic programmes of work locally, nationally and internationally. A provisional stage 2 award of £1,725,076 has been earmarked for the organisation.

Sarah Price, Director, Edinburgh Printmakers, said: “Our plan is for high quality, innovative printmaking facilities, for accessible and welcoming new exhibition spaces, a centre where audiences and artists will develop their creative potential to the full.

“We plan to enable a creative community to develop artwork for local, national and international audiences. We see this award as a significant contribution to printmaking within the field of contemporary arts in Scotland.”

Cove Park in Argyll, which provides year-round artists’ residencies in a 50 acre site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast, has been granted a £25,000 development award for the refurbishment and enlargement of the existing artists’ centre and artists’ accommodation. A provisional stage 2 award of £621,633 has been set aside by Creative Scotland.

In Alloa, The Makers Village is to get an initial award of £42,800 and provisional stage 2 funding of £402,800, to convert buildings in the town for use as workshops, a gallery and performance space.

A number of public art projects have also been awarded funds, by far the largest amount going to The Star of Caledonia border landmark in Gretna, by Charles Jencks and Cecil Balmond. The project is to receive a development award of £49,000 and a provisional stage 2 award of £1,049,000.

Other public work being supported includes the Ness River public art programme in Inverness, which gets £46,000 and provisional stage 2 funding of £259,000, and the creation of a large-scale sculpture symbolising local regeneration at St Ninian’s Surface Mine, near Kelty, Fife, which receives a development award of £2,500 and a provisional Stage 2 award of £147,500.