Bute artist Nicola misses out on digital prize

Bute artist Nicola Jones has missed out on a £5,000 prize in the UK-wide ‘Digital Heroes’ awards scheme.

Nicola was one of three finalists in the race for the ‘Scotland’s Digital Heroes’ accolade, but contacted The BUteman on Tuesday to say she hadn’t won the prize - one of 13 being awarded across Britain.

Each of the winners received an award of £5,000 to be spent on a nominated digital technology project - which, in Nicola’s case, would have been the Rustle Way Arts and Media Studio in Rothesay.

Thanking those who cast their votes for her, Nicola said: “It has been a fun and exciting journey for the whole team at The Rustle Way Studio. The fact of the matter is we did not get enough votes to win the Scottish region.

“It was great being a finalist and shining more light on Bute. Highlighting the work of the Studio and Bute TV and letting the rest of the world hear about Bute has been, and always shall remain, a major part of our continuing goals. We got votes from as far afield as America and Jordan.

“Not winning the financial prize is the harsh blow. All local organisations will recognise the importance of such funding to our venture’s sustainability. We need such support for the studio simply to stay open.

“The Studio has been a great success over the past year and we will continue to develop everything we do. Reaching the Scottish final is a mark of respect to all those who give their time to helping us achieve our goals, and I express my personal gratitude to all involved: well done you.

“Finally, to everyone who voted and to all who passed on their good wishes (and, unfortunately, commiserations) humbly I thank you. Your support has been invaluable and will never be forgotten. Here’s to the next adventure.”