Arts and Culture
Under this heading, we include all forms of creative expression that inspire, enlighten or enhance the development of individuals and the community as a whole.
Who we lend to
"We support artists to be more entrepreneurial and look for more than one source of finance"
"We support Arts and Culture because the ability to express oneself freely is an essential part of a sustainable society"
"Financing workshop spaces leads to synergies between artists and gives properties a new lease of life"
Graeme Galloway is Triodos Bank's expert in arts and culture. He has over 25 years' banking experience and manages the bank's varied and interesting Arts & Culture portfolio throughout Scotland, which includes WASPS and Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust.
Networks and Partners
Wasps Artists' Studios is an award-winning charity which provides affordable studio space to support the careers of up to 750 visual artists working in Scotland today. Now with a 30 year track record, WASPs has grown to become one of the largest studio providers in the UK with a network of 17 buildings from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands. Triodos Bank has worked with Wasps since 2004 providing loans to support the redevelopment of studio properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Irvine, Aberdeen, Newburgh and Kirkcudbright.
How Triodos acts
We strongly believe that arts and culture can benefit the personal development of every individual, so we aim to provide co-workers with an inspirational environment. Triodos Bank has its own art collection, which is managed by an art committee. Triodos Bank does not view its art collection as a financial investment as other banks do. Therefore we buy art that is mainly from young artists and is chosen to reflect different themes, currently nature and figurative art.